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In Praise of Python: the impact of a comedy classic on the 1970s

And now for something completely different. I am a major fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus – I always have been, and always will be. In fact, I tend to lose any objectivity as a historian when it comes to … Continue reading

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Kim Philby confession part of latest MI5 files released to the National Archives

A two-page confession made by Kim Philby, a double-agent and one of the most infamous British traitors of the Cold War, has been made public for the first time. It is part of the latest round of MI5 (Security Service) … Continue reading

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‘Non-political, Non-sectarian and Non-alcoholic’: Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club, 1910-1926

Special guest blog by professional researcher and local historian Simon Fowler Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club was founded in 1885 as a space for local working men to socialise away from the temptations of the public house. Its motto was … Continue reading

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Radical readers in Richmond: New research explores the Left Book Club of the 1930s

New research by a member of Kingston University’s cutting-edge History teaching team offers some fascinating insights into the local impact of the famous Left Book Club of the 1930s. Published by Dr. Steven Woodbridge in the latest issue of the … Continue reading

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A Future Based on the Past: the scholarly and career benefits of studying History at postgraduate level

Why study history at postgraduate level? What do the expert commentators say? Here at Kingston University the History team often point our applicants to a range of sources which explain the huge benefits of postgraduate history, either at taught-course level or … Continue reading

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A ‘Fun’ Fad or the Future? Newly-released files show how British government officials remained ambivalent about the internet

It was the dawn of a new age of electronic communication, but British government officials had mixed feelings about the new world wide web when it emerged in the 1990s. Newly-released files made available at the UK’s National Archives at … Continue reading

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