British views of the Victoria Falls in the nineteenth century

Saturday 18 April 2015

John McAleer

John McAleer

John McAleer is Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton and historian of the British Empire. His work focuses on the British encounter and engagement with the wider world in the 18th and 19th centuries, situating the history of empire in its global and maritime contexts.
He is interested in the relationships, interactions and patterns of exchange created by the British Empire, and in assessing the impact of these experiences on both British and colonial societies. Previously, as Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, he worked on the development and delivery of gallery projects, focusing on Atlantic and Indian Ocean history. Continue reading

A Balkan Adventure

John Pikington

John Pikington

Wednesday 18 March 2015

A Balkan Adventure

John Pilkington has been called “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”.
In 1983, after journeys in Africa and Latin America, he completed a 500-mile solo crossing of the western Nepal Himalaya, and told the story in his first book, Into Thin Air. His interest in Asia grew further with the opening in 1986 of the border between Pakistan and China, making it possible – for the first time in forty years – to retrace virtually the whole of the Silk Road. John was one of the first modern travellers to do so, and he wrote about the journey in An Adventure on the Old Silk Road. This was followed in 1991 by An Englishman in Patagonia; recounting eight months spent exploring the southernmost tip of South America. Continue reading

Jane Austen and the Modern World

Paul Franssen

Paul Franssen

Friday 13 February 2015

Jane Austen and the Modern World

Paul Franssen has been teaching British and South African Literature at the University of Utrecht since 1979. His expertise on the Renaissance is accompanied by his interest in some more modern areas and people, such as British 20th century drama. Jane Austen, J. M. Coetzee and Oscar Wilde. Continue reading

Little George and his English Governess

Christine Sinninghe Damsté

Christine Sinninghe Damsté

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Little George and his English Governess

Christine Sinninghe Damsté is the author of ‘Jonker in de 19e eeuw’. This book is a result of many years of research into the youth of George van Heeckeren van Wassenaer (1856), who spent part of his boyhood at Twickel Castle in Delden (Twente).

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Chedworth Roman Villa

Martin Papworth

Martin Papworth

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Chedworth Roman Villa

Martin Papworth specializes in the history and archaeology of the Dorset Iron Age and has written a book on the local tribe known as the Durotriges. He has worked for the NT for 27 years and has been involved in a range of archaeological projects. Martin carried out work at the great Avebury Henge and discovered buried megaliths and was also involved in the Stonehenge Riverside Project which worked out a new chronology for the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape. Most recently he has been involved in uncovering mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa after a new cover building was designed and erected over the West Range of the Villa.

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