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Making History
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Begins Tuesday 19 April 2005, 3.00-3.30 p.m
Sue Cook and the team answer listeners' historical queries and celebrate the way in which we all 'make' history.
Series 11
Programme 11
28 June 2005

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A Royal Navy surgeon in the 19th century

Making History listener Jennifer Fell contacted the programme for help in finding out more about the career of her ancestor William Quine. Quine served as an Acting Assistant Surgeon on board HMS Neptune (1811) and HMS Grampus (1815). Jennifer wanted to know about Quine's training and the skills he might have had.

Making History consulted Peter Goodwin, Curator of HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and Tony Harrison, Surgeon for the Historical Maritime Society.

Useful links

HMS Victory - official website

The Historical Maritime Society

Surgery in the Royal Navy

The Gateshead fire, 1854

Ivan Howlett reported on the devastating fire of 1854 which led to the rebuilding of much of the quaysides of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Useful links

The Great Fire, 6th October 1854

Pictures of Gateshead - contemporary accounts and illustrations

The origin of 'Whig' and 'Tory'

Making History consulted Mark Goldie, Lecturer in History at Churchill College Cambridge.

The terms were first used in February 1681. They were both pejorative names that then became owned by the two groups they were once aimed at.

'Whig', a nickname for a covenanting rebel, was applied to those who opposed James Duke of York's claim to the throne because of his Catholicism. 'Tory' was a nickname for an Irish thief and was applied to those who supported James (and hence were regarded as crypto-Catholics or papists). In February 1681 the nation was in a period of crisis as the two sides were involved in a bitter parliamentary contest and, some thought, the country was drifting into civil war for the second time that century, hence the very polarised mindsets. 

Dr Mark Goldie's webpage

Local history hero

Neville Hortop is now 83 and since he retired from teaching over 25 years ago has regularly taken parties of schoolchildren and other visitors on tours of Conwy Castle in North Wales.

Details of the tours and the history of the castle can be found at the Cadw website.

Other useful links

Conwy Castle - how the English defeated the Welsh

Conwy Castle and Walled Town

Conway - booklist

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Vanessa Collingridge
Vanessa CollingridgeVanessa has presented science and current affairs programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery and has presented for BBC Radio 4 & Five Live and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, Scotsman and Sunday Herald. 

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Making History is a Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and is produced by Nick Patrick.

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