From Castle on the Hill, to Asylum in the ‘hood

Originally, Psychiatric Asylums were built in quiet, rural locations, set within acres of grounds. This was so as to...

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Captain Ann Carter – Hanged for Leading the Maldon Grain Riots of 1629

*CONTENT WARNING – This blog contains some strong language *** Come, come you brave boys of Maldon, You Will...

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Remembering and Forgetting the Psychiatric Asylum

Psychiatric asylums were the globally-dominant form of mental health care for over a century. Generally located on the urban...

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Historical TV Review: Barbarians

Beware: This review will contain some spoilers, but as Barbarians is based on a factual episode in history, these...

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Myths of History: The Battle of Britain (July -October 1940)

After the defeat of France in June 1940, Britain alone and faced the might of the armed forces of...

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“Operation Barbarossa” June – December 1941: Why it Failed

At 3.15 am in the morning on Sunday June 22nd 1941, Adolf Hitler launched “Operation Barbarossa”- the invasion of...

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The Planners dilemma: Do we really need old buildings?

I thought I would briefly write about a question that has been on my mind for quite some time...

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‘Undesirable Aliens’? – The contribution of immigrant groups to British society and culture

A couple of years ago, I happened to come across a video on YouTube entitled ‘Mass Immigration and the...

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‘British Reserved, Not Unfriendly’ : Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain during the Second World War

When American forces disembarked on British shores in 1942, each soldier was issued with a seven-page pamphlet by the...

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Necessary or evil?: Beeching’s cuts to Britain’s railways in the 1960s

For over 50 years, Dr. Richard Beeching has commonly been viewed as the man who led to the decimation...

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