658 posts about History on this blog
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.
Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:53
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.
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
Wednesday 2 July 2014, 14:34
For well over a century, the Mond nickelworks has been a major landmark and an important employer for the people of Clydach, in the lower Swansea valley. The works first produced nickel in 1902, using a process pioneered by a German chemist-entrepreneur named Ludwig Mond whose statue stands nearby, surveying...
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 11:16
My last reunion film for BBC One's The One Show was broadcast at the end of January and as usual a flurry (or perhaps more accurately I should say 'blizzard') of requests for help came flooding in via email and have kept me and my mind occupied ever since. One of the emails that caught my eye was one...
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.
Tuesday 17 June 2014, 13:37
Cat Whiteaway reunites a bible with the five times great grandson of its original owner.
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.
Friday 2 May 2014, 09:41
The Welsh have always had an affinity with dogs. Welsh mythology, folklore and legends from The Mabinogion are full of tales about hunting hounds and ferocious, dangerous beasts that roamed the hills and always obeyed their masters.
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 11:37
The 1920s and 30s were an exciting time in aviation history. Following on from the huge advances that flying had taken during the World War One, post war aviators quickly and easily took on new challenges.
Thursday 24 April 2014, 14:12
Back in February I wrote about my involvement with an art project linked to the British Home Children who were sent to Canada. At that time I spoke to Carol Black as part of a live broadcast for BBC Radio Wales and wrote her story in my blog.
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