Ellie Cawthorne

The poet Siegfried Sassoon wearing his army uniform. Sassoon’s writing was fuell
07/04/2017

From scathing verses on the horrors of life in the trenches to laments on the tragedy of a lost generation, the First World War inspired some of British poetry’s most poignant and affecting work. Here, Ellie Cawthorne highlights five influential British writers whose lives and work were shaped by the conflict…

King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on holiday in the Mediterranean in 1936. Tha
06/04/2017
In 1936, amid the threat of European war and a broiling abdication crisis, British intelligence services undertook an unprecedented secret surveillance operation. Their target? The king. A new Channel 4 series, Spying on the Royals, examines the controversial MI5 operation that listened in on King Edward VIII and his American mistress Wallis Simpson... 
King Charles I of England. (Getty Images)
01/04/2017

A diary written by King Charles I, revealing that he escaped execution in 1649, has been discovered in Germany…

Please be aware - this article was an April Fools' Day prank!

The 30th Annual Academy Awards, Los Angeles, 1958.(Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture
26/02/2017

We look back at some of the most important, unusual, remarkable and downright bizarre moments in the history of the Oscars...

'Hidden Figures' tells the story of female African-American mathematicians
17/02/2017

Revealing the inspirational untold story of female African-American mathematicians working at Nasa during the 1960s, the film Hidden Figures is based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The movie follows the story of three women involved in the race to propel mankind into space. We spoke to Margot about the exceptional real-life women who broke the mould and smashed through the racial and gender prejudices of their time…

(Icon Films Distribution)
09/09/2016
In 1942, two men were parachuted into Nazi-occupied Prague charged with a seemingly impossible mission – to assassinate the high-ranking SS officer Reinhard Heydrich.
 
Released in UK cinemas today, Anthropoid follows the nail-biting true story of the secret operation to bring down the Nazi official known as ‘Hitler’s hangman’ and the ‘Butcher of Prague’...
Portrait of Queen Victoria in her coronation robes. (Universal History Archive/U
26/08/2016

One of history’s most iconic monarchs, Queen Victoria (1819–1901) ruled for more than 60 years. She was empress of the world’s largest ever empire, and her name denotes an entire era of British history. Here, we bring you seven things you might not know about her… 

22/08/2016

Victorian crime thriller Ripper Street has returned to BBC Two for an explosive fourth series. We spoke to the show’s writer and creator Richard Warlow about the challenges of recreating London’s 19th-century slums and why he doesn’t like the term “period drama”…

04/08/2016

Should a father change nappies? Must a husband help with the housework? How should a fellow manage his personal finances? Being a man in interwar Britain was a tricky business. As ideas about masculinity were changing rapidly, many men turned to newspaper agony aunts for advice on how they should behave. Here, History Extra’s Ellie Cawthorne investigates…

A 1911 photograph of the Hunterian Museum. (City of London/London Metropolitan
14/07/2016

From Victorian operating theatres to museums filled with curiosities, Britain and Ireland boast a wealth of weird and wonderful historical sites. Here we bring you seven of our favourites… 

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here