Why remember Peterloo – is it just history?

Why am I writing about Peterloo today? Today is the bicentenary of the Peterloo incident and the media are giving it a lot of coverage. Today is the day to remember and reflect. Many people see parallels with current events and are drawing various lessons for today. I...

Should schools teach about the British Empire?

What do schools teach about the British Empire? In many schools the British Empire is a subject that nobody ever mentions, at least in class. This seems to be because teachers are afraid of offending children of non-British origins. However, some people are now...

Do you live in a historic town?

What is a historic town? I have been enjoying the current Channel Four series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns presented by Alice Roberts. Each week she looks at a town which she connects with a particular period in history and illustrates it with old buildings...

Who wants to be the ‘Prince of Whales’?

President Trump has referred to ‘The Prince of Whales’ in a tweet. I suppose ‘Prince of Whales’ was a typo for ‘Prince of Wales’, although not  everyone seems sure. I am aware that someone once deliberately used the misspelling when...