630 posts about History on this blog
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 13:17
Quite apart from Welsh-born writers, the list of authors who have Welsh connections is both long and distinguished.
They range from Harriet Beecher Stowe, the doyen of emancipation and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin to the American humorist Ogden Nash and adventure writer Jack London who gave us The Call...
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 14:16
There has been something of an explosion of interest in family history over the past two or three decades as people try to unravel their past and get in touch, historically speaking, with their distant and long-gone ancestors.
Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10:52
If you have never heard of the British Home Children (BHC) then prepare to be amazed by their story - a story that is soon to be told through the artwork of Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey.
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 14:58
Think of Wales and you invariably think of the dragon, the red dragon. Yet Wales is not alone in this. Many other cultures or people have also taken and embraced the dragon symbol, an emblem that has featured quite prominently in numerous ancient mythologies and folklores.
Thursday 20 February 2014, 13:36
Late last autumn while there was still a sun in the sky and warmth in the air, I paid a visit to one of the antique shops in Cardiff that sells World War One military memorabilia. Like a magpie I was drawn to the small shiny objects in the display cabinet and after much negotiation I walked away as the...
Tuesday 11 February 2014, 11:14
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded on 4 March 1824 although it did not receive its ‘Royal’ epithet until Queen Victoria awarded that honour to the charity in 1854. Since 1824 it is estimated that across Britain, the RNLI has saved the lives of more than 140,000 people - sailors and...
Thursday 6 February 2014, 15:49
One of the consequences of the resurgence of the Welsh language has been the changing of some of the more anglicised town and village names in the country. Over the past few decades more authentic Welsh spellings - and, arguably, more authentic pronunciations - have re-emerged and have now become the...
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 10:30
When you think of Welsh fishing ports your mind invariably travels no further than Milford Haven. Although its glory days have now long gone, by the end of the Victorian period the docks at Milford were full of trawlers and drifters. By the middle of the 20th century the west Wales town was playing host...
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 09:38
On 30 January 1826, as bands played and spectators waved flags, sang popular songs and cheered their hearts out, the Menai Suspension Bridge was formally opened. Ynys Môn - or Anglesey as it also known - was at last permanently connected to the mainland of Wales.
Friday 24 January 2014, 10:10
Ask anyone for the most renowned or most significant piece of writing by a Welsh author and the chances are they will respond with Under Milk Wood. The famous play for voices by Dylan Thomas has inspired and captivated readers and audiences for over half a century and shows no sign of any falling off...
Thursday 23 January 2014, 13:01
Many people look back at the years immediately following the First World War and believe that they were a period of total depression, a betrayal of the promise made to the soldiers and sailors of a better world for everyone.
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 10:21
The tale of the three Sheppards from Tonyrefail continues and this update is from Anita Farrell, whose two great uncles and great great grandfather were featured in my blog last November to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Tuesday 21 January 2014, 12:10
The tiny town of Criccieth sits on the northern coast of Cardigan Bay, mid-way between the holiday centres of Porthmadog and Pwllheli and some 17 miles south of Caernarfon.
Tuesday 7 January 2014, 13:29
Most people know about the famous Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947 when the complete crew of the Edward, Prince of Wales lifeboat, along with 39 sailors on board the Liberty Ship Samtampa, were lost during the course of one of the worst gales ever to hit the Bristol Channel.
Monday 6 January 2014, 15:27
The date 8 January might not strike an immediate chord with most people but on that day in 1921 the British government, in the shape of its prime minister, David Lloyd George, took possession of an English country house that has since become synonymous with the premiership.
Monday 30 December 2013, 13:59
When the nights are dark and the wind howls around the corners of the house, it is the ideal moment to gather the family together around the fire and enthral, intrigue and frighten them with stories of headless horsemen, strange apparitions and things like the mysterious corpse candles that once haunted...
Thursday 19 December 2013, 09:23
Way back in 2002 when I first started working for BBC Radio Wales I was lucky enough (and still am) to be asked to appear on various live radio broadcasts; to showcase my people tracing talents as well as my family history research skills.
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 16:40
The Victoria Cross is Britain's highest award for gallantry, a medal that is rarely given but always hard-earned. Many VCs were won during the First World War but only one went to a man from Pembrokeshire. That man was Hubert William Lewis, always known as ‘Stokey’, and he came from the fishing...
Monday 9 December 2013, 15:07
Christmas is normally a time of goodwill and friendship to all mankind but in the 12th century such gestures and emotions were very far from people's minds. This was particularly the case in the now ruined Norman castle at Abergavenny, the scene of one of the most infamous massacres ever to take place...
Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:22
The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only...
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