‘A Giant Among Buildings’ – Blenheim Palace

I would go as far to say it would be criminal to visit Oxford without making a trip to nearby Blenheim Palace. The UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Blenheim Palace is home to the Dukes of Marlborough. It is also the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace.Β It is…

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Historical References in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

When creating a fantasy world, authors have to draw inspiration from somewhere. History is usually a good starting point. In creating a new world for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – a spin-off from the Harry Potter universe – J.K. Rowling is no different. However, the historical references in Fantastic Beasts are perhaps…

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24 Hours in ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ – Oxford Day Trip

There is something utterly magical about Oxford. It’s simply jam-packed full of history. In fact, if you’re a history buff looking for a pretty city to explore, you could do no worse than an Oxford day trip. The city is probably most famous for being the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university…

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Top History Podcasts – Take Two

Nearly six million people listen to podcasts in the UK, and its growing every day. I have a couple of theories why podcasts, especially history podcasts, are gaining traction all the time. Firstly, I think the obvious reasons why people listen to podcasts is to learn something new about a subject they’re interested in. I…

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A History Travel Guide to York

Earlier this year I made the decision to go – by myself – to the BBC History Weekend in York. I cannot stress how far outside my comfort zone this was. I made the decision to travel halfway across the country by myself and really put myself out there in terms of meeting history friends…

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7 Period Horror Films to Watch this Halloween

Halloween – possibly my favourite holiday Β of the year (excuse the Americanism). I’ve always had a bit of an interest in the otherworldly – in ghosts, witches and the paranormal. My childhood home was an 18th Century farmhouse where things always seemed to go missing and Β where you would hear footsteps upstairs while you were…

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Hardwick Hall – More Glass than Wall

In the midst of the Derbyshire Hills lies an extraordinary house built by an extraordinary woman. It was a marvel of its age – a true prodigy house (a large and showy country English country house built by a courtier or wealth family). It is as legendary as its creator. Hardwick Hall was built by…

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