UK General Election of 1885: How the Irish hung parliament

One of the biggest discussions surrounding the 2017 snap General Election concerns the plausibility that while the Conservatives will retain enough seats to win, their drop in the early polls could indicate Labour clawing them out of a majority. This would leave the UK parliament with a Victorian age hanging or ‘hung parliament’ to be … More UK General Election of 1885: How the Irish hung parliament

Burial Practices in Early Medieval Northern Europe

Today we are going to talk about something that my archaeology friends find fascinating, and most other humanist consider as particularly gross – the dead. Death is a key moment in anyones existence – dare I say The Most Crucial? But it can be quite a nasty and blunt topic to discuss. Nevertheless, in the … More Burial Practices in Early Medieval Northern Europe

The ‘Song of Craonne’: The Legacy of Robert Nivelle

When I chose to take on the subject of Robert Nivelle I envisioned creating a summary of his life, much like what  you could already find on a number of websites. But instead I have found myself focusing on the event which immortalised him in military history, the ‘Nivelle Offensive’. Having just visited the region … More The ‘Song of Craonne’: The Legacy of Robert Nivelle

When Politics Come to Sport: A History of Protest and Boycott at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Politics and professional sport have forever been intertwined. Recently this has become more apparent with a number of news stories demonstrating this relationship. The American footballer Colin Kaepernick has made headlines and received a great deal of harassment for kneeling during the American national anthem at matches in protest of police violence against African Americans. … More When Politics Come to Sport: A History of Protest and Boycott at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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

“Dress suitably in short skirts … and buy a revolver”: The role of women in The Easter Rising of 1916

As we mark the centenary of The Easter Rising, a recent article by Olivia O’Leary for The Guardian lead me to consider the involvement of women in the conflict, and on the involvement of the aristocrat-turned-rebel, Countess Markievicz in particular. … More “Dress suitably in short skirts … and buy a revolver”: The role of women in The Easter Rising of 1916

A brief look at the early stages of Dunamase Castle, Ireland

As part of the tag challenge month I am going to briefly investigate the two themes of Ireland and Castles and Fortifications. Castles were, for the most part, military structures that were constructed in areas along frontiers to stop enemies from moving through their owners land. They could also be used aggressively both as a … More A brief look at the early stages of Dunamase Castle, Ireland