684 posts about History on this blog
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 09:45
A new series of Coming Home brings a whole host of Welsh stars tracing their Welsh family trees
Tuesday 2 December 2014, 15:26
Blogger Phil Carraidce writes about the recently restored Llanelly House one of the finest examples of a Georgian town house in South Wales.
Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:29
The life story of writer and political activist Jack Jones.
Friday 21 November 2014, 12:22
Ghost stories from various parts of Wales - Monkton, Llancarfan and Cardiff Castle
Thursday 20 November 2014, 10:51
Producer/director Steve Humphries on the seventies – the decade when a more liberal and permissive culture took hold.
Tuesday 4 November 2014, 15:14
The date 4 November might not mean an awful lot to most people. But 4 November 1980 was when Welsh boxing entered its own, very specific, very sad “dark season” with the death of Merthyr bantamweight Johnny Owen, after his attempt to win the World Championship went tragically awry.
Thursday 30 October 2014, 12:56
Ghost stories are a part of our cultural heritage, tales from a long and distant past shrouded in mystery. Stories that originate so long ago it is almost impossible to separate fact from fiction.
Wednesday 29 October 2014, 12:12
You can learn a lot from the gravestones that stand proudly in our churchyards. Whether they’re simple slabs of marble or slate, or huge neo-gothic edifices, the tombstones of our ancestors can tell us much about the character of their owners and about the times in which they lived and died.
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,...
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