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Road to Surrender
In school and college, many had been exposed to books and scholarship that argued that, by August 1945, Japan was ready to surrender, and that America’s real motivation in dropping the A-bomb was to…
Roald Amundsen
Shortly after 4pm on 18 June 1928, the flying boat carrying the great polar explorer Roald Amundsen on his last expedition was seen by a Norwegian fisherman flying over the Arctic ocean into 'a…
Assassination of Julius Caesar
On the Ides of March 44 BCE, one of the most famous men in history was assassinated. Julius Caesar, general and politician of the people, had risen too far. It was rumoured he wanted to be king and…

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Girl on crocodile
Many people own pets, from dogs and cats to the more exotic, but how much do you know about pets in history? Take our quiz to find out!
Moon landings
How much do you really know about the Moon landing in 1969? Try the 50th anniversary quiz and find out!
Name the historical character from their on screen depiction
Can you match the following film and TV characters to the real historical character? See if you can get over 70%!

Latest News

We Have Ways Fest 2024
Next week, between 19 and 21 July, the brilliant We Have Ways of Making You Talk podcast will be holding its annual We Have Ways Fest. Once again, the UK’s largest festival dedicated to the Second…
Chalke History Festival 2024
While in a few ways Chalke History Festival has broken from its past, then, it is still very much a perfect week’s break with history. It provides a pause; a breath of fresh air; a time to reflect,…
CHF 2024
With well over two hundred speakers appearing at Chalke History Festival, as well as living history, performances and demonstrations, and a wealth of activities for children, the choice might be a…

Latest Reviews

A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Obects
Sally Coulthard’s 'A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects' is just that: as the author herself says, it is ‘a history of the countryside, told through the filter of someone…
Traders in Men
'Traders in Men' is eye-opening and thought-provoking; it is a brilliant synthesis of the available information in all its forms; and it is a firm reminder about the lengths the greedy will…
Templars: The Knights Who Made Britain
'Templars: The Knights Who Made Britain' is a welcome addition to the sizeable body of literature available on the subject. Its narrower focus and sober analysis of British affairs shines a…