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674 posts about History on this blog

  1. The tales of two orphans

    Thursday 2 October 2014, 09:29

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    In early June I took part in the filming of an incredibly moving story that was told on The One Show last night. Ruth Buckley had seen a previous reunion story that was broadcast in January and contacted the show for help fulfilling her late father's last wish.

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  2. From the Skerries to the Smalls, the automation of Welsh lighthouses

    Tuesday 30 September 2014, 12:52

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Phil Carradice summarises the history of lighthouses around the coast of Wales and process of automation that meant lighthouse keepers were no longer needed.

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  3. The story of Sapper D J Roach: Part 2

    Wednesday 24 September 2014, 12:59

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    At the end of my last blog I finished with a single question

    "How and when did Sapper David James Roach get injured"

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  4. The story of Sapper D J Roach: Part 1 – Missing records

    Friday 19 September 2014, 12:11

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    The service files of several million WWI soldiers were destroyed during the Blitz in WWII. This is one of the many problems faced by historians researching the stories of soldiers who fought during WWI. Here, genealogist Cat Whiteaway explains how she overcame this issue when uncovering the story of...

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  5. Born at Monmouth, one of the most famous of English kings

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:08

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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...

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  6. Dyffryn House and Gardens

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 11:04

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Phil Carradice reflects on the history of the popular tourist attraction in the Vale of Glamorgan - Dyffryn House and Gardens.

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  7. Discovering Annie's War

    Monday 8 September 2014, 09:36

    Ian Brewer Ian Brewer

    It all started when we had family parties back in the 1950s at my home. There was much talk about Annie during these occasions. Apparently my great aunt was a nurse in WW1 and, as a 10-year-old boy I was curious to know more.

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  8. A Mercantile Marine Medal mystery

    Friday 5 September 2014, 12:07

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    In my spare time when I am not reuniting people I love to try and solve a riddle - and I'm not talking about Sudoko. This year it seemed obvious to me that the most poignant riddles waiting to be solved are those which involve WW1 medals.

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  9. The Castell Coch vineyard

    Friday 5 September 2014, 08:50

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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...

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  10. The Colditz of the Denbigh Moors - and some great escapes

    Thursday 28 August 2014, 10:06

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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,...

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  11. The spectacular beauty of Ramsey Island

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13:32

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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.

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  12. The story of Professor Hermanne Ethé and the Aberystwyth 1914 riot

    Monday 18 August 2014, 09:13

    Lester Mason Lester Mason

    Hermann Ethé was a German Professor of German and Oriental Languages at Aberystwyth University. Following the outbreak of war, his continuing presence in the town sparked a series of disturbances that targeted him and his wife.

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  13. A daughter's plea to find the owners of her father's grave

    Tuesday 12 August 2014, 11:35

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Earlier this year I received a plea for help that I defy anyone to resist responding to and becoming emotionally involved in.

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  14. From the National Gallery to a Welsh slate mine

    Monday 11 August 2014, 16:19

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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.

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  15. Can you help with these lost snapshots of Valley Life?

    Friday 8 August 2014, 10:20

    Jon Pountney Jon Pountney

    A BBC Cymru Wales film about the chance discovery of 18,000 unpublished photographic negatives depicting life in the Valleys during the 1960s and 70s is currently in production and needs your help.

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  16. Were women in Wales rewarded for their war effort?

    Wednesday 6 August 2014, 08:42

    Gerard Oram Gerard Oram

    How did the war affect women in Britain and, particularly, in Wales? There is a widely-held view that women were rewarded with enfranchisement for their participation in the 'total war' effort and there is evidence that supports such a view.

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  17. Researching World War One ancestors and military items

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 14:51

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    We are now just a few days away from 4 August and commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One. The date has been etched in my mind for a long time and I’ve been so busy researching and preparing for this time that I find myself looking forward to next week, whilst at the same time reflecting...

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  18. John Frost and the Chartist march on Newport

    Friday 25 July 2014, 12:51

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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.

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  19. Wales isn't a 'principality' - sorry!

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:53

    Owen Williams Owen Williams

    Last night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow was a glorious rousing spectacle of Scottish sight and sound. A terrific riot of musical colour and visual flourishes.

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  20. The British Empire and Commonwealth Games at Cardiff

    Wednesday 23 July 2014, 14:02

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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.

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