Blogs

Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
15th July 2011
This week's Friday funny, brought to you as ever by author and journalist Eugene Byrne is a joke from William Caxton's The Fables of Aesop, which is...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
14th July 2011
An Italian scholar has claimed that a painting hanging in Campion Hall at the University of Oxford was created by the great Renaissance painter...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
8th July 2011
This week's Friday funny, delivered to you by author and journalist Eugene Byrne, examines the advent of the bathtub and a fictional article that...
Tamsin Rutter
Tamsin Rutter
8th July 2011
Incisions have been discovered in the front teeth of a Viking found in a suspected mass burial pit in Dorset. Archaeologists believe that the...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
4th July 2011
A new special edition of BBC History Magazine has just been released, featuring the best of the Where History Happened series that has featured in...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
1st July 2011
This week's Friday funny, brought to you as ever by author and journalist Eugene Byrne, takes a look at an old joke especially popular with medical...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
30th June 2011
A forensic examination of skeletons discovered in a collection of Yorkshire caves known as Ryedale Windy Pits has revealed that the bodies were...
Amanda Vickery
Amanda Vickery
29th June 2011
We have become accustomed to unprecedented levels of personal privacy at home. My own urban terrace was designed as a family house for a respectable...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
24th June 2011
This week, author and journalist Eugene Byrne brings us a laugh-out-loud guide to the historic city of Bath. Written by Christopher Anstey in the mid...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
23rd June 2011
Newly-released documents from the National Archives have revealed that Germany planned chemical and biological attacks as part of its invasion plans...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
21st June 2011
The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Thomas Asbridge explains how relations between Muslims and Christians in...
Julian Humphrys
Julian Humphrys
21st June 2011
Julian Humphrys, development officer for the Battlefields Trust and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine, continues his tour round the...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
17th June 2011
In this week's Friday funny, author and journalist Eugene Byrne tells a story about Dr Horace Norton, founder of Norton College in Chicago, and a...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
16th June 2011
Archaeologists examining an ancient sewer beneath the town of Herculaneum in Italy have recovered 750 sacks of human excrement, thought to be the...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
10th June 2011
BBC History Magazine has launched a new book, 100 Places That Made Britain, a work that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through Britain's...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
10th June 2011
In this week's Friday funny, author and journalist Eugene Byrne takes a look at the work of journalist, author and satirist Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
9th June 2011
A coroner’s report from 1569 detailing the death of a child who drowned in a millpond whilst picking flowers, has led some historians to...
Robert Seatter
Robert Seatter
6th June 2011
Till Death Us Do Part began on 6 June 1966, following a successful pilot the previous year. The sitcom, written by Johnny Speight and produced by...
Eugene Byrne
Eugene Byrne
3rd June 2011
This week, author and journalist Eugene Byrne takes a look at the respect and awe that Gurkha troops have been held in by generations of Brits...
Charlotte Hodgman
Charlotte Hodgman
2nd June 2011
Scientists studying the remains of five skeletons found buried at Stirling Castle, along with four other human remains, have suggested that they...