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by Dr Richard Blakemore At the end of June, I attended a conference in Amsterdam to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch navy’s raid on Chatham dockyard in 1667. The raid is most famous for the Dutch capture of … Continue reading
The Reading branch of the Historical Association have asked us to share news of an upcoming outing which might be of interest. “This is a double event that should appeal to anyone fascinated by Britain’s nineteenth, and early twentieth-century industrial … Continue reading
by Prof Kate Williams Christmas Pudding is when the British Christmas dinner becomes theatre – as the pudding is brought in, drenched in brandy and set alight – and the diners dive in to find the silver sixpence… But Christmas … Continue reading
by Dr Richard Blakemore  Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist of the mid-seventeenth century, enjoyed Christmas (as we learned in the third post of our Christmas 2016 series). In 1661 he recorded spending a merry evening with friends; five years … Continue reading
by Dr Ruth Salter There are many indulgent foods that are synonymous with Christmas today, but two of the key ones must surely be chocolate and alcohol. True, the turkey and its trimmings are Christmas classics, but it’s those festive … Continue reading