Local History

Blog
01 June 2016

Alan travelled to Oxfordshire and trawled through newspapers in his bid to research the life story of a small-town politician ancestor

Blog
26 May 2016

A quick visit to the home of Worcestershire Archives resulted in a discovery that columnist Alan Crosby certainly wasn't expecting – and nor was his wife!

Blog
19 May 2016

Last week, Alan Crosby took a group of students to visit Bosworth Field in Leicestershire – site of one of the most famous (and bloodiest) battles in English history

Blog
12 May 2016

In the June issue of WDYTYA? Magazine, Alan wrote about his frustrations of being unable to trace his great aunt Edith. But shortly after going to press, the brick wall was finally broken...

Blog
05 May 2016

Alan imagines what it would have been like for his 4x great grandfather when he upped sticks and moved his family from mid-Norfolk to the edge of the Cotswolds

Blog
28 April 2016

The Victorian upper classes certainly had a taste for alcohol, as Alan Crosby recently discovered when leafing through a sales brochure from the 19th century

Blog
21 April 2016

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday today. Alan looks at how the country has changed during her reign, and the ways we marked royal occasions in the past

Blog
14 April 2016

This week, Alan pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers up and down the country, whose vital work helps the arts, heritage and culture sector ticking over

Blog
07 April 2016

Would you set up an almshouse to cater for relatives who had fallen on hard times? That's what one wealthy architect did, as Alan Crosby discovered on a trip to Leicester Cathedral

Blog
31 March 2016

While driving through Leicestershire over Easter, Alan came across the Bilstone Gibbet – a grisly reminder of a measure our forebears once used to deter local criminals

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