Bonfire Night: Not so Much About Guy Fawkes

Featured Image: The dying flames of Winchester’s Bonfire Bonfire Night has become so ingrained into British tradition it’s almost a national holiday, without the benefit of a day off work. Many cities and communities across the country have long-standing events to celebrate, by gathering around a very tall bonfire and watch a firework display. Our … More Bonfire Night: Not so Much About Guy Fawkes

Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

At first reluctant to join in the fighting, Romania entered the First World War in 1916, uniting with the Allies against the Central Powers. In August 1916, Romania invaded Transylvania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its backing on the side of the Allies can be attributed to their relationship with Russia and its … More Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

The Scouse Way of Speaking: How Liverpool’s Accent Developed

Feature Image: Liverpool’s Skyline from New Brighton Beach The Liverpool accent, most famously dubbed the ‘Scouse’ accent, is one of the most noticeable and varied speech patterns in England – and in the British Isles. But have Liverpudlians always talked like they have a blocked nose? Have they always spoken in a higher pitch towards the end of … More The Scouse Way of Speaking: How Liverpool’s Accent Developed

Interview with Dr. Christina Welch (1/3)

In this interview feature we will be looking at Dr. Christina Welch’s research and academic interests. Dr. Welch is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Winchester. It will chart a variety of questions detailing Welch’s background, what she does at the University and … More Interview with Dr. Christina Welch (1/3)

This is America: Projecting Prosperity in the Cold War

From the late 1940s through the 1950s and into the 1960s, how the United States portrayed itself to the world was seen as an important aspect of fighting the Cold War. The ‘Cultural’ Cold War was seen as just as important, because it was necessary to show the U.S. as not only strong economically and … More This is America: Projecting Prosperity in the Cold War

We’ll Meet Again: The Breakdown of Family Relationships after World War Two

Featured Image taken from: Fashion-era.com. Image shows Bridal Party leaving the Church, in South Wales in 1947. When thinking of the World Wars and relationships, they are often thought of in two ways. The first, the strengthening of a bond after war because of what was nearly lost. The second, women widowed because her boyfriend, lover … More We’ll Meet Again: The Breakdown of Family Relationships after World War Two

First World War and Conscription: The Conscientious Objector

The First World War was the first use of compulsory military service in Britain, when in January 1916 the Military Service Bill was passed, and all men aged 18-41 – apart from those in certain professions, or medically unfit – were expected to be involved in military service. Early sign-ups for the war they thought would … More First World War and Conscription: The Conscientious Objector

Maori Protests and the Treaty of Waitangi

History of the British Empire’s involvement and subsequent negative and detrimental impacts on indigenous people and societies of the lands they colonised in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is well-known. Those effects today are highly prevalent even in now developed and Westernised countries  of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with indigenous populations having faced depleting … More Maori Protests and the Treaty of Waitangi

The History of the Little Cinder Girl

She’s been with most of us our whole lives, from watching a Disney adaptation, to the many variations Hollywood frequently churn out. And she’s been in the lives of people for a longer time still, from the French tale of little Cendrillon and the glass slipper and her pumpkin-turned-carriage, to the Brothers Grimm tale of lentils in the fire and … More The History of the Little Cinder Girl