Category Archives: Gender History

Volunteers and Vehicles: Surbiton and the General Strike of 1926

In May, 1926, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) called a General Strike in Britain and, for about nine days (from 3rd-12th May), it appeared to many people that the country’s industrial relations had reached a low-point. The Armed Forces were … Continue reading

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A Future Career shaped by a History Degree

At this time of the year, when students are thinking carefully about where to study and what type of degree to pursue, it is good to pause for breath and reflect briefly on the value of studying history and the … Continue reading

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Subverting the Subversives: Did MI5 infiltrate the British entertainment industry?

New claims have been put forward that the British domestic Security Service, MI5, was not just involved with monitoring and collecting intelligence on political movements and individuals deemed as potential threats to the state in the post-war period, but was … Continue reading

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Suffrage 100: National Archives to host events to mark 1918 Act

The UK’s National Archives (TNA), located at Kew in South-West London, will host a variety of events during 2018 to mark the centenary of the groundbreaking Representation of the People Act 1918, which granted women over the age of 30 … Continue reading

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Secret Heroism: Remembering the ‘listeners’ of Bletchley Park

Many of us are now familiar with the story of Bletchley Park, the British government’s top-secret code-breaking establishment in World War Two, and the huge achievements of some of the key staff there, such as Alan Turing. Bletchley Park secretly … Continue reading

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Committees, Queues and Christmas: The crisis over food supplies in Kingston and Surbiton in 1917

One hundred years ago, in December, 1917, as people on the home front in Surrey faced their fourth Christmas at war, it was evident that a major crisis had developed over food supplies, and many families, still determined to celebrate … Continue reading

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