John Aubrey: The Man who ‘Discovered’ Avebury | FragmeNTs

On 7 January 1649  John Aubrey  wit, raconteur, and sometime antiquary was out hunting with friends when he chanced upon a north Wiltshire village. What he stumbled upon there – and more impor…

Source: John Aubrey: The Man who ‘Discovered’ Avebury | FragmeNTs

Dublin’s 19th Century Sweep School | Vintage Treasures

One of the most deplorable uses of child labour in 19th century Ireland was for the sweeping of chimneys. A master sweep would obtain very young boys, some as young as seven, to train as apprentice…

Source: Dublin’s 19th Century Sweep School | Vintage Treasures

A Mighty Girl — Irène Joliot-Curie

The trailblazing French scientist Irène Joliot-Curie, the daughter of Marie Skłodowska Curie and Pierre Curie, was born on this day in 1897. Irène Curie and her husband and fellow scientist, Frédéric Joliot, discovered artificial radioactivity, a breakthrough that…

Source: (95) A Mighty Girl

East Asian skeletons found in a Londinium cemetery | The Heritage Trust

An artist’s impression of Londinium, centre of the Roman Empire in Britain, circa 200ce

An artist’s impression of Londinium, centre of the Roman Empire in Britain, circa 200ce   Across the river to the south of Londinium was a small suburb that would later become Southwark. It…

Source: East Asian skeletons found in a Londinium cemetery | The Heritage Trust

The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

‘I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret.’ Thus Brunhilde Pomsel, one of Goebbels’s typists, recently quoted in The Guardian, talking about the Holocaust.

And I found myself, as so often, thinking: ‘Yes, you can say that, but how can I believe you?’ It was the eternal question for…

Source: The History Girls: How much did ordinary Germans really know about the Holocaust? by Leslie Wilson

Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII | Daily Mail Online

Laying untouched for seven decades the abandoned home was discovered three years ago after its owner died aged 91.

Source: Inside the Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Treasure trove finally revealed after owner locked up and fled at outbreak of WWII | Daily Mail Online

The Terrible Execution of the Babington Conspirators | London Historians’ Blog

430 years ago today – also a Tuesday – Anthony Babington and six of his co-conspirators were executed. A guest post by Mathew Lyons. On Tuesday 20th of September 1586, seven Catholic me…

Source: The Terrible Execution of the Babington Conspirators | London Historians’ Blog

A fool on a hill…: The House by the Lake, by Thomas Harding

housebylakeThomas Harding’s grandparents were originally called Hirschowitz, and they were Jews who managed to escape from Hitler’s Germany just before escape pretty much ceased to be an option. They were relatively fortunate; most of their family got out too. When they came to England, Erich refused to…

Source: A fool on a hill…: The House by the Lake, by Thomas Harding

The worst slum in London | Actonbooks

In Victorian London, most of the poor lived in what would be called slum housing. During the 18th century, many ramshackle ‘courts’ had been built as a result of speculative infilling beh…

Source: The worst slum in London | Actonbooks

Japanese WWII Vet Sees Trouble on the Horizon | Pacific Paratrooper

NAGANO, Japan — Kaname Harada was once a feared samurai of the sky, shooting down 19 Allied aircraft as a pilot of Japan’s legendary Zero fighter plane during World War II. Now 98 years old and in …

Source: Japanese WWII Vet Sees Trouble on the Horizon | Pacific Paratrooper

Vicious and absurd propaganda from the campaign against women’s suffrage (Retronaut)

The long fight to win women the right to vote encountered plenty of resistance.

Source: Vicious and absurd propaganda from the campaign against women’s suffrage (Retronaut)

Woman in famous VJ Day ‘Kiss’ photo dies aged 92 – BBC News

Greta Zimmer Friedman, who features in an iconic image marking the end of World War Two, has died aged 92.

Source: Woman in famous VJ Day ‘Kiss’ photo dies aged 92 – BBC News

The Somme in Leigh | GM 1914

This blog post was written by Hannah Turner, and was originally published in Past Forward – Wigan’s local history magazine.

“I still go cold when anyone says The Somme. It became a nigh…

Source: The Somme in Leigh | GM 1914

The Spanish Civil War: The 80th anniversary | REDFLAGFLYING

With all the various worthy and necessary commemorations about the centenary of the First World War, another anniversary has been sadly overlooked. The Spanish Civil War started in 1936, eighty yea…

Source: The Spanish Civil War: The 80th anniversary | REDFLAGFLYING

WWII Rare Footage of German Heavy Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Tank

Footage of the Tiger Tank

Source: WWII Rare Footage of German Heavy Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Tank