Tag Archives: London history

Restoring the past for the present: The case of Clandon Park House

Being a historian can open many interesting doors, sometimes in the most surprising ways. Just before it closed for the winter, I was recently invited by friends to visit an ambitious conservation and restoration project at Clandon Park House, which … Continue reading

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‘Non-political, Non-sectarian and Non-alcoholic’: Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club, 1910-1926

Special guest blog by professional researcher and local historian Simon Fowler Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club was founded in 1885 as a space for local working men to socialise away from the temptations of the public house. Its motto was … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The First ‘Multi-Media’ Show? Lawrence of Arabia in Surbiton

Many people with an interest in imperial history are familiar with the life and wartime career of T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), mainly through the famous epic feature film Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The smash-hit and critically acclaimed movie starred the late Peter O’Toole … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution: exhibition review

‘Step into the curious and chaotic world of history’s greatest witness‘. Samuel Pepys witnessed one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Beginning with the execution of Charles I in 1649 and ending with the Glorious Revolution of 1688, … Continue reading

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