Category Archives: Local History

Mussolinism in Kingston: How the Italian dictator caused local controversy

After days of political and constitutional stalemate, Italy now has a new government, made up of two populist and controversial parties in an uneasy alliance: the Five-Star Movement and the League (formerly the Northern League). Both parties have referred to … Continue reading

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Wake Up! Invasion fears in Surrey during early World War One

By late 1914, it had become very apparent to people in Britain that the ‘great war’ would not be ‘over by Christmas’, as many had initially predicted and hoped. Moreover, as 1914 gave way to the new year of 1915, … Continue reading

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New Light on York House, Twickenham

Sometimes the history of a house can throw up all sorts of intriguing information about the past, including how a home can have both a ‘national’ history and also an ‘international’ dimension, drawing together politics, art and culture at various … Continue reading

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Down and Out? The Decline of the British National Party

The recent local Municipal and Mayoral elections in England on May 3rd saw the far right British National Party (BNP) lose its last elected district Councillor, Brian Parker, who sat on Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire. After serving three terms … Continue reading

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Fears and Volunteers: Kingston and the General Strike of 1926

Just over ninety years ago this month, in May, 1926, Britain experienced a General Strike, called by the Trades Union Congress (T.U.C), and – for a few days at least – ‘normal’ life in the country was put on hold. … Continue reading

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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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