Category Archives: Kingston

The ‘Zeppelin’ Zapper: Horatio Bottomley in Surbiton in 1917

One Monday evening in December, 1917, Surbiton in Surrey received a visit from Mr. Horatio Bottomley, a figure the wartime Daily Mirror newspaper had called ‘London’s Answer to the Zeps’ because of his powerful oratory at public meetings. This was not the first … Continue reading

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The ‘Red’ Scare: middle-class fears of Bolshevism in south-west London, 1919-22

A little over one hundred years ago, in October, 1917 (depending upon which version of the calendar one uses) the Bolshevik party under Lenin achieved a dramatic seizure of power in key cities in Russia, a coup d’etat which sent a … Continue reading

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Secrets and Spies: Latchmere House in Wartime

A blog post I penned recently included some brief coverage of ‘Camp 020’, the secret MI5 interrogation centre at Latchmere House. I have received a number of enquiries about this, so here is a more detailed blog I wrote on … Continue reading

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Five facts about Kingston’s ‘hidden’ history

Spies, lies and secret lives. The secret side to history can be fascinating to explore, and is an exciting part of studying history at Kingston University, Surrey. The market town of Kingston-on-Thames itself has a ‘hidden’ side, and here we … Continue reading

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Launching the League: The foundation of the League of Nations Union in Kingston

One hundred years ago this month, in January, 1920, the League of Nations was officially launched, and the first meeting of the new League’s Council took place on 16th January. There have been times in history when the global has … Continue reading

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One of our highpoints of 2019: History at Kingston University achieved exceptional National Student Survey results

Looking back over the past year, one of our proudest moments came in mid-2019, as summed up in the following blog published at the time. The History undergraduate Degree at Kingston University has done exceptionally well in this year’s recently … Continue reading

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Celebrating Black History Month in Britain

This month is Black History Month (BHM) in Britain. BHM is a month of events in October which takes place annually and celebrates the culture, history and achievements of Britain’s African, Asian and Caribbean communities in the country. Although the … Continue reading

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History at Kingston University achieves exceptional National Student Survey results

The History undergraduate Degree at Kingston University has done exceptionally well in this year’s recently released National Student Survey (NSS) results. The results were released by the Office for National Students (OfS). The University’s overall satisfaction rate this year jumped from … Continue reading

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Britain on the Brink? The long summer of unrest in 1919

There has been much talk about the potential damaging economic fallout and possible civil upheaval that might occur if Britain ends up with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit in the autumn. In fact, the summer of 2019 marks yet another period of … Continue reading

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