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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 10
21 June 2005

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Inuit off Aberdeen?

A listener contacted the programme with a family story that Inuit in kayaks were seen off the coast of north-east Scotland over 200 years ago. Could this be true?

Making History consulted Neil Curtis, Senior Curator at the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen.

Useful links

Marischal Museum

Marischal Virtual Museum

Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Knights Hospitaller

A listener in Norway, who grew up near Halstead in Essex, wanted to know who built the round church at a nearby village - Little Maplestead. As reporter Ivan Howlett discovered, the church was the work of the Knights Hospitaller - Knights of the order of St John of Jerusalem - a medieval religious sect that, in the 19th century, was recognised by Queen Victoria and founded the St John Ambulance.

Useful links

The Age of Chivalry

History of the Order of St John of Jerusalem

Knights Hospitaller (unofficial site)

Medieval Sources Online

Little Maplestead Church - illustration

Left wing/right wing

What are the origins of these political terms? Making History consulted Professor Richard Bellamy at the University of Essex.

Useful links

Brian Walden's "Point of View"
The politics of welfare

The Political Compass And Why Libertarianism Is Not Right-Wing

The Political Compass

Richard Bellamy's web page
Local history hero

Rob Orland and his seven year-old son Stephen have put together an excellent website:
Historic Coventry

Making History asked David Dawson, Head of Digital Futures at the Museums and Libraries Association, where people can get advice about building websites. He suggested the following sites:
MLA Action
UKOLN Good Practice Guide

David recommends the following sites as good examples of what you can do:
Milton Keynes Heritage Association
Pewsey Heritage Centre
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Making History

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. 

Contact Making History

Send your comments and questions for future programmes to:
Making History
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Or telephone the Audience Line 08700 100 400

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

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