Category Archives: Local History

Discharged and Discontented: Ex-Service Men in Richmond in 1918

In a recent blog article I drew attention to some interesting new research in the BBC History magazine on the rather volatile summer of 1919 in Britain, including the unhappiness of former soldiers and the problems such men had felt … 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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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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Uncovering Kingston’s role in the 1944 D-Day landings

It is no exaggeration to say that D-Day, the 6th June, 1944, is a day that changed history. With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the Allies, it … Continue reading

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When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … Continue reading

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State of Emergency: Kingston and the General Strike of 1926

One of the areas of expertise in Kingston University’s History Department is in-depth knowledge of the interwar period and, in particular, some of the key political and social upheavals of the 1920s and 1930s. A good example is knowledge of … Continue reading

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