Blog by Intriguing History

The Intriguing History project is just that a project, it had a beginning but even that was tenuous and it has a process and some goals, that constantly evolve as we learn, explore and share. Along the way we find and delight in a lot of brilliant stuff people are doing on their own or within a team, maybe as part of an academic institution but not always. This blog is about dare we say it that ‘journey’ an over-used word if ever there was one!. But that is just what it is, some observations, stuff and enthusiasm to share in the spirit of open and shared access that we like to enjoy ourselves. If you would like to comment, share or link, then great. Please just give us a shout-out if you do. Due to our limited resources we don’t spend time on on-site comments because of the amount of time that can get wasted combating spam.

The blog is about the overall project as opposed to the history content of the site but we will feature as many great ideas as we can find and give shout-outs and links, videos, slides and media resources available along the way and that will also help us develop our own thinking. We have some skills but we are not historians, this is about public access and engagement with our history. We seek to be accurate at all times, so if we have made a mistake please Contact us and we will check it out and correct the facts. We do of course have some creative and intriguing fun with the interpretations but that is all part of the joy of the process after all.

In short this blog will feature some of the treasures we find , the tools techinques and resources available that we can all access on this wonderful thing called the web. You hear so much about the bad stuff that sometimes it is just great to focus on the wonderful enabling vision of the web all thanks to TBL (Tim Berner’s Lee) and quite a few other’s along the way.

 

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

The Digital Archives of WW1 Poetry needs little introduction. Worthy of a reflective browse and full of deeply moving artefacts. When souls in the extremes of horrific wars raise themselves to such heights, in spite of all they face, it feels like the least we can do is to take inspiration from their art and…

Hiroshima an English Perspective

Hiroshima an English Perspective

Hiroshima an English Perspective on 70th Commemoration in the spirit of hope, resilience and reconciliation with thanks to a unique 390 year old Bonsai Tree, a blog post with references and links commemorating this the 70th anniversary of these dark days but with hope for the future and thanks to Master Yamaki.

Historic Gold in Old Books

Historic Gold in Old Books

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Intriguing London

A chance find in a charity book store, led to the unexpected discovery of a collection of books that belonged to the late Colin Sorenson. All sorts of books on London containing a few historical golden nuggets.

VE Day 1945 King George VI Speech

VE Day 1945 King George VI Speech

VE Day 1945 King George VI Speech an inspired reading at this week’s service in Westminster Abbey commemorating the end of WW2 in Europe VE Day on 8th May. Did you hear the The King’s Speech, how much does a national act of commemoration provide a timely reminder of the need to give back and participate and not just leave it all to the political class?

Oxford Blues win Historic 1st Equal Terms Boat Race

Oxford Blues win Historic 1st Equal Terms Boat Race

Historic double win, it looks like for the Oxford Women and Men, final results to follow.Women are the winners either way, the first Women’ race on the same course, same day and equal terms. More to follow.

IT Livery Companies History and Dame Shirley

IT Livery Companies History and Dame Shirley

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Dame Stephanie Shirley, aka Steve computing pioneer, philanthropist and advocate for strategic projects in Autism and child escaping Nazi Germany via the British Kindertransport initiative. She survived and succeeded against the odds, one 10,000 against one and a half million that perished..She is part of history and very much alive and still making it happen, she is for me an inspiration and continues a long line of great contributions to British life that started with the story of a migration and the struggles of an immigrant trying to make the best of the cards life has dealt the, We can all learn something from Dame Shirley.

Secrets of Great British Castles

Secrets of Great British Castles

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Great castles and Fortresses

Great British Castles kicks-off in Episode 1 narrated and presented by Dan Jones, there are some intriguing connections to explore but see the flyover video and you will see the series looks set to provide some insights to some impressive historic fortresses. Catch our links to Dover and its historical context but whatever you do don’t miss the series.

Richard III son of York buried in Leicester

Richard III son of York buried in Leicester

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series House of York

Richard III son of York controversial king reinterment in 2015 in leicester. A new event on the House of York and Plantagement timeline, Whether you are a Ricardian or not, this has been a monumental week and here are some pictures resources and reflections on this intriguing moment in British history.

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood, 3 Ways to Check your Plantagenet Heritage Are you one of the many or one of the few? Watching and reading the media during this amazing week, it seems as if ‘the world and his wife’ were related to Richard III and the…

Mobilising British History

Mobilising British History

Mobilising British History Mobilising or Mobilizing British History depending on which side of the pond you are on? We are busy completing many enhancements over the next two weeks and in particular the art and science, (it is a fine balance of the two it seems) of optimising this web project for all the popular…

About Us

Intriguing History is a free to use project that is experimenting with mapping and connecting historical information across a wide range of British Historical Themes of particular interest to family, local and social historians. It is a free to use service and is created as part of a series of beta projects that take the approach of digital humanities and seeks to apply and explore some of those principles in this modest, open access and format. This is one of a number of projects and as these are being developed on a voluntary basis, there maybe peaks and troughs in activity but we are always pleased to hear from and share with others interested in these areas.

Citing Us

We are always delighted when students use our work for projects etc and realize you need an authors name, so here you are!

Helen Banham www.intriguing-history.com

You might also like to take a look at www.hampshirehistory.com which is also free to use and open access.