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Heritage Open Days

Now is your chance to nose around some historic properties. Many of which are not normally open to the public, have restricted opening hours or normally charge admission. Heritage Open Days is a celebration of the rich and diverse architecture and historic buildings to be found across England. This year the days are 9 to […]

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The history of the pub – a podcast

The latest podcasts from The National Archives include two relating to alcohol. The pub and the people explores how pubs have changed since the 1930s. While Alcohol Consumption in Historical Perspective, is a look at how alcohol was consumed in the past in the UK and how a study of it can help with modern […]

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Latest podcasts from The National Archives

The latest podcasts from The National Archives include a discussion that shows identity theft is not a new problem. In 17th century England, parishes struggled with poor relief and tried to control vagrants and beggars claiming off the parish by issuing various documents. The podcast reveals how there was a black market in forged licences […]

London Lives – a new online archive

This is a new interesting digital archive. London Lives looks at crime, poverty and social policy in London. It digs into the rough, dirty, underbelly of life in London in the 17th and 18th centuries. Poverty , disease, crime, work, and how local government struggled to deal with the expanding city, are all revealed the […]

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Boer War Causality Lists

The casualty lists of the Boer War (1899 – 1902) fought between the British Empire and Dutch Settlers in South Africa are now available on Ancestry.co.uk. Many of them are from the Essex Regiment’s 1st and 2nd Battalions which fought during the War and participated in the Relief of Kimberley and the Battle of Paardeberg. […]

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A celebration of John Ray

Braintree District Museum are holding a weekend of special events to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of The Royal Society and the life of one of its early members, botanist John Ray, known as the ‘father of Natural History’. Ray laid the foundation for the classification of plants which is still used today. […]

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