Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:08
Henry V is one of the most famous of all English kings. However, the perception of most people has been formed not by reading history books but by watching Shakespeare's plays. Henry features in three of them: two as heir apparent and, perhaps more memorably, as the friend of Sir John Falstaff and one...
Thursday 11 September 2014, 11:04
Phil Carradice reflects on the history of the popular tourist attraction in the Vale of Glamorgan - Dyffryn House and Gardens.
Friday 5 September 2014, 08:50
Castell Coch, the fairy-tale creation of William Burges and the Marquis of Bute, sits easily among the trees of Fforest Fawr just outside Cardiff at the bottom of the A470. Over the years the castle and the forest have featured in many TV and movie productions including BBC Wales' production Doctor Who...
Thursday 28 August 2014, 10:06
When you think about Prisoner of War Camps your mind invariably turns to the internment of British servicemen in German camps like Colditz during the Second World War. However, there were also many British Prisoner of War camps – and not just in the Second World War either, in the First World War,...
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13:32
Pembrokeshire is often called the County of Castles. It might also be known as the County of Islands, as some of the most beautiful, remote and fascinating of all Welsh islands can be found lying along its rocky coast.
Monday 11 August 2014, 16:19
What would have happened to Britain's art treasures if the Nazis had invaded during World War Two? The threat from U-Boats meant that works of arts could not be shipped elsewhere. The solution was found in the disused slate mine of Manod just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Tuesday 5 August 2014, 08:27
Opinion is divided as to the quality of many – if not most – of Richard Burton's films. Yet there is no doubt that the man was a superb actor with a magnificent baritone voice who could, if he had chosen to remain acting on the stage, become a name as great as Olivier.
Friday 25 July 2014, 12:51
On 27 July 1877, John Frost - Chartist leader and the man who, more than anyone else, reflected the desire of the Welsh working classes to obtain universal manhood suffrage - died quietly at his home in Bristol. It had been a wild, troubled and often dangerous life.
Wednesday 23 July 2014, 14:02
As the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow take a look back to the summer of 1958 when its predecessor, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, took place in Cardiff.
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 09:07
The date 17 July 1951 might not mean much to the majority of people in south Wales. However, for those living in the Port Talbot and Swansea parts of the country it held – and still holds – a significance that is almost beyond belief.
Thursday 3 July 2014, 08:54
Friday 27 June 2014, 15:28
Find out more about this 'most perfect ruin', the Bishop’s Palace at Lamphey in Pembrokeshire.
Monday 23 June 2014, 13:45
Phil Carradice on the Albion Colliery explosion in Pontypridd in 1894, that became the second largest deep pit disaster in Wales.
Wednesday 18 June 2014, 09:06
On 18 June 1815 one of the most important battles ever fought on European soil took place at Waterloo in Belgium. In a brutal and bloody encounter, victory for the Allied army, led by the Duke of Wellington, finally ended the career and reign of the Emperor Napoleon.
Friday 6 June 2014, 10:31
Visitors to Tenby will almost certainly have seen St Catherine's Island, the small tidal rock which sits at the 'town end' of South Beach. The stretch of sand in front of the island is actually called Castle Beach and is sometimes known as the Catterns. It hardly matters – it’s the old Victorian...
Monday 2 June 2014, 10:33
D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.
Friday 16 May 2014, 05:25
Company Sergeant Major Fred Barter was Cardiff’s first Victoria Cross winner in the Great War.
Thursday 15 May 2014, 10:57
A brief history of the Muni Arts Centre building in Pontypridd
Friday 9 May 2014, 11:20
The British fascination with seaside piers dates from the second half of the nineteenth century. There had been piers for many years before that - Ryde Pier, for example, opened as early as 1814 and Brighton’s famous Chain Pier duly arrived in 1823.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, 15:47
The M4 motorway Brynglas Tunnels at Newport opened nearly fifty years ago in May 1966. They remain the only 'bored tunnels' on the British road system.
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