Guest post by Zoe Davies (thatherstorian) Hidden away amongst the mountains and coalfields of the South Wales Valleys is a grand medieval castle dating from the thirteenth century. Caerphilly Castle is the centrepiece of the local town, dominating the landscape of the area. It is the second largest castle in the UK, second only to… Read More Discovering Caerphilly Castle, South Wales:
Synopsis: A biopic of Italian-American Louis Zamperini the films tells the story of his teenage years where he became an Olympian and his experience in the Second World War where he was involved in a plane crash, being stranded in the Pacific Ocean before being captured by the Japanese and held in a number of… Read More Unbroken – A review
What: The National Trust or to give it its full title – The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty – is a charity which focus on heritage and environmental conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1895. Much of its income is generated from Memberships, donations, entrance… Read More National Trust – 125 years.
Synopsis: Given a difficult and deadly mission, Lance Corporals, Blake, and Schofield are asked to cross enemy lines and deliver a message to stop an attack, which is believed to have been a trap set by the Germans. Thrown into the mix is Blake’s older brother is in the said battalion making it a more… Read More 1917 – A Review
Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie and the directorial debut of Josie Rourke. A semi biographical film of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots set at her arrival into Scotland and follows through until her imprisonment in England with her beheading briefly shown at the end. Historical Accuracy Of course the majority… Read More Mary Queen of Scots – a movie review
No history lover or even day-tripper in England would not be familiar with English Heritage (I have visited 38 so far). An independent Charity (since 2015) who manage and look after 400 properties in England including Dover Castle, Whitby Abbey, Stonehenge and Carlisle Castle. Their vision is that people will experience the story of England… Read More Step into England’s History – English Heritage – In Focus:
Beth is a public historian and historical consultant from the United States. She has experience in a number of heritage roles and has kindly given her time to share her experience and passion for history with me this week. Hi Beth, Thank you for agreeing to take part in my Q and A feature. Firstly… Read More Beth Nevarez – A Q and A
On a sunny evening in August, my friend Lucy and I headed towards the basement of the Historic Royal Hotel in Southend and to Dr Legba’s Emporium of Cocktails & Curiosities. We gave one of the staff a bit of a fright when she opened the door, and entered the bar. I have to say… Read More Tales from the Shadows – If these walls could talk by Crime Scene Illusion – a Review