Tag Archives: Memory

Rewriting history: Russia’s invention of an alternative Chernobyl story

It was a real pleasure to see the TV drama Chernobyl pick up a number of BAFTA 2020 TV awards last Friday, including one for Jared Harris, one of the lead actors in the series. The drama was arguably one … Continue reading

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Important new contribution to interpreting The Troubles: Review of Thomas Leahy’s ‘The Intelligence War Against the IRA’

Thomas Leahy’s The Intelligence War Against the IRA is an important new contribution to the growing, and changing, interpretations of The Troubles. As the title suggests, the main thrust of Leahy’s book is an analysis of the intelligence war that … Continue reading

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Past and Present: Why studying History tells us who we really are

In 2017 the historian Sir David Cannadine, in his capacity as president of the British Academy, made a strong and very welcome defence of the study of his subject, pointing out that the academic investigation of the past is necessary … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Agricultural Crisis? We have been here before – in World War One

On 20th May, 2020, The Guardian newspaper ran the headline ‘Farmers still need up to 40,000 workers to harvest fruit and veg’. As lockdown continues for many people and the summer picking season reaches its height, farmers in the UK … Continue reading

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Overview of Overlord: 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 recent anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the … Continue reading

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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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Fighting Franco: Commemorating the British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

Eighty two years ago, on 28th October, 1938, the volunteers of the ‘British Battalion’ joined the other volunteer Battalions of the International Brigades (IB) in Spain and held a poignant farewell parade, which included the transfer of their flags and … Continue reading

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From Russia With Hate: Looking back on Pamyat and other neo-fascists

Many moons ago, during the early 1990s, and not long after the surprise collapse of the Berlin Wall and Eastern Bloc Communism, I became increasingly interested in the emergence of far right groups in post-Soviet Russia, and – as a … 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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