Category Archive: History

A Lancaster in Flight

This weekend was very special for me, because it was the first time I saw an Avro Lancaster in flight. When I was a child I heard so much about the “Queen of the Sky”… Continue reading

Revealed: Norman Hartnell’s Designs Fit for a Queen

The much celebrated British designer, Norman Hartnell, has been synonymous with elegance and glamour since the 1930s. As the royal dressmaker to the Queen, he was naturally the first choice to design H.… Continue reading

Publishing a New Book – Cover Just Finished!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been preparing a new book for publication on behalf of my Dad. John Knifton has been editing a commemorative volume as part of the celebrations of… Continue reading

Hopgood’s Courageous Run

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid in World War II, when Wing Commander Gibson led 617 Squadron into the heart of Germany to destroy the great dams of the… Continue reading

Germany’s White Rose, gone but not forgotten

Today is the 70th anniversary of the execution of Sophie Scholl, a German university student who was convicted of high treason in 1943. Sophie and her brother, Hans, were members of the non-violent resistance… Continue reading

Our Queen is awesome.

Taken from G. D.  Falksen.

As omens go, is this good or bad?

Yesterday afternoon Pope Benedict VI resigned, saying that he was suffering from ill-health and could not continue in his role as leader of the church. This announcement was met with shock, confusion, and… Continue reading

A portrait of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon by Cecil Beaton

Here’s Cecil Beaton’s fantastic portrait of the Queen Mother when she was young. I just love the way that the sunlight bursts out through the trees above, giving us a sense of what… Continue reading

Horses and Bayonets

Well, we have all been snickering into our cups of tea today. Thank you, Mr. Obama.

A mysterious photo of D. H. Lawrence

Today when I was looking through the online archives for my old school, Nottingham High School for Girls, I came across something very interesting. The old girls association has been recently been uploading old photographs of… Continue reading