Category Archives: History

Passchendaele and the management of shell shock

It is 100 years since the notorious battle of Passchendaele. We now know much more about the trauma experienced by thousands of troops during the Great War and we recognise that, even into the 21st-century, service personnel can be affected … Continue reading

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Dunkirk – a war film on a different scale

A review of the Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’. Continue reading

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Guest post: The evacuated teachers of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

  As many of my regular readers know, I have recently written about the loss of my mum. I have delayed publishing this wonderful guest post from historian Gillian Mawson because it is a story that resonated so closely with … Continue reading

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Memories of Murder – A Victorian Supersleuth at work once again…

New on my blog – Memories of Murder – more #Victorian true #crime from the Victorian Supersleuth @amebuckley Continue reading

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In trying times: Heberto Padilla on continuing to speak out…

Heberto Padillo In Trying Times – a poem for 2017 Continue reading

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Testament of Youth, Testament to our times? Vera Brittain and a classic of the Great War.

For my book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, I read Testament of Youth, and Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After, both of which I found deeply … Continue reading

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Maritime Medicine and Mayhem in 1853

Today I am thrilled to host a return visit by Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic, and of the blog post  on how Victorian corsetry contributed to a tragedy… In this post Gill … Continue reading

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