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Secret Heroism: Remembering the ‘listeners’ of Bletchley Park

As we recall the end of the war in Europe 75 years ago, in May, 1945, and remember the eventual end of full hostilities in the Far East a few months later in August, 1945, it is also worth reminding … Continue reading

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Under a ‘Rain of Bombs’: How the Dunkirk evacuation was reported in Kingston-on-Thames

Britain has just marked the 80th anniversary of what one war correspondent called at the time the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk, the dramatic rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from the beaches of the small Belgian seaside town, which took … Continue reading

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Fifth Column Fears in Kingston, 1939-1940: A Brief Survey

Eighty years ago this month, some of the first signs of serious fear about a possible German invasion of the country began to grip the British public. Although such concern had been building for a few months beforehand, the news … Continue reading

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Early reactions to Mussolini in Britain: The case of Kingston

The dramatic rise of Benito Mussolini to the leadership of Italy, and his destruction of liberal democracy, engendered a variety of reactions at local level in Britain in the 1920s, some of them (in hindsight) surprisingly supportive of the new … Continue reading

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A Nazi in Guildford: The activities of Arnold Leese in Surrey in the 1930s

Not many people in Surrey know that the town of Guildford in the heart of the county was home to one of Britain’s most notorious anti-Semites of the interwar period. During the 1930s, the fascist ideologue and racist activist Arnold Spencer … Continue reading

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The Red Cross meets the Suffragettes via an Indian Princess

To help celebrate NursesDay2020, we republish this fascinating blog by Dr. Sue Hawkins. The Red Cross’s Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) from World War One have in the past been saddled with a popular public image something akin to the Women’s … Continue reading

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Land, Home and Nation: The campaign to encourage more land cultivation in Surrey in 1917

During the course of 1917, in a determined attempt to cut down on the amount of food imports and to alleviate pressure on Allied ships sailing across the Atlantic, the British government initiated a national campaign to encourage as much cultivation of … Continue reading

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No Act of Contrition: Truth, Justice and Peace in Northern Ireland

Pat Finucane was a prominent Belfast solicitor noted for his success in defending republicans, including Gerry Adams, in Northern Ireland courts. In fact, so successful was Mr. Finucane that a whispering campaign insinuated that he was a member of the … Continue reading

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