676 posts about History on this blog
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 09:50
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “what did my grandfather do in the war?”. Most people who have an ancestor who served during WW1 have an idea of their battalion or their service number but not always an idea of exactly where their ancestor went and which battles they fought.
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 13:20
Few people in Wales will have ever heard of Morgan Jones. Yet in the late nineteenth century, this farmer's son from Tregynon near Newtown in Powys became a major hero in the State of Texas and built many of the railways that opened up the arid deserts of the southern states.
Thursday 2 October 2014, 09:29
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.
Tuesday 30 September 2014, 12:52
Phil Carradice summarises the history of lighthouses around the coast of Wales and process of automation that meant lighthouse keepers were no longer needed.
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 12:59
At the end of my last blog I finished with a single question
"How and when did Sapper David James Roach get injured"
Friday 19 September 2014, 12:11
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...
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.
Monday 8 September 2014, 09:36
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.
Friday 5 September 2014, 12:07
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.
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 18 August 2014, 09:13
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.
Tuesday 12 August 2014, 11:35
Earlier this year I received a plea for help that I defy anyone to resist responding to and becoming emotionally involved in.
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.
Friday 8 August 2014, 10:20
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.
Wednesday 6 August 2014, 08:42
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.
Wednesday 30 July 2014, 14:51
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...
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.
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