Empress Matilda and ‘The Anarchy’

If your image of a medieval noblewoman is someone in a tall pointed hat passively swooning at her knight’s jousting abilities, we forgive you: this is indeed a theme in medieval art and literature. But there were a number of medieval women leaders whose careers clearly break this stereotypical mould.Read more

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

Here we take a look at the career of the determined ruler of Mercia, Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great, who battled Vikings, built forts and founded towns.Read more

How Victorian Mill Workers Entertained Themselves

The lives of Victorian mill workers were far from easy. Fines, beatings, maiming and even death, were commonplace.Read more

From Prototype to Defender of the Skies: The Story of the Spitfire

The British Spitfire – the iconic, high performance aircraft, celebrated for its maneuverability, speed and fire power – helped the RAF turn the tide of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour.Read more

5 Significant Historic Sites in Shropshire

Many of Shropshire’s towns have connections to influential events on the national and global stage, and many offer unusual heritage stories.Read more

The Untold Story of the Highway Code

The British Highway Code – ‘…a guide to the proper use of the highway and a code of good manners…’ – celebrates the 90th anniversary of its first publication in 2021.Read more

5 Sites That Tell the Story of Early Anglo-Saxon England

Discover the amazing sites that tell us so much about the culture, beliefs and society of Anglo-Saxon England.Read more

The Extraordinary Story of Pioneering Aviator Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson became a living legend after becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Here we look at her extraordinary story.Read more

6 Steps to Finding Out Your Home’s History Online

You can trace the architectural history of your house through old maps, photographs and written records, and many of these useful resources are online.Read more

The Story of Welwyn Garden City

Residents first moved in to Welwyn Garden City in December 1920. Here we look at its story from founding to the present day.Read more