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BBC History Magazine History Explorer

BBC History Magazine aims to shed new light on the past to help you make more sense of the world today. Fascinating stories from contributors are the leading experts in their fields, so whether they're exploring Ancient Egypt, Tudor England or the Second World War, you'll be reading the latest, most thought-provoking historical research. BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world's leading historians and journalists and is a captivating read for anyone who's interested in the past.

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United Kingdom
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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welcome

“Welcome to the BBC History Magazine History Explorer, your guide to enjoying history on day trips in the UK – and on overseas breaks too. In this special issue, you’ll find inspiration for fantastic heritage visits in Britain this year, from Ruthven Barracks in the Scottish Highlands to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. You’ll discover thousands of years of Britain’s past, with features on some of the key events and places that shaped the country’s history, from the Norman invasion to the rise of industry in the 18th century. You’ll also find out how people lived in the past, by exploring a Bronze Age settlement in East Anglia and visiting the palatial home of Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight. If you’re venturing further afield, we’ve got a dozen history holidays to…

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1 africans in tudor and stuart britain

After knighting Francis Drake in 1581, Queen Elizabeth commanded that the Golden Hind, the ship in which he had circumnavigated the globe – the first Englishman to do so – be lodged in a dock in Deptford as “a monument to all posterity of that famous and worthy exploite”. Drake’s ship was broken up a century later, but the replica docked in the pretty Devon harbour of Brixham transported me, with a creak of timber and a whiff of salt and tar, back to the world of those Elizabethan sea dogs. Drake’s story, of course, has been told many times. What is far less well known is the story of the Africans who sailed aboard the Golden Hind. Drake’s voyage was not merely a feat of navigation. He and his crew returned…

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africans in tudor and stuart britain: five more to explore

VISIT The Golden Hind • goldenhind.co.uk 1 Castle Cornet, Guernsey • museums.gov.gg James Chappell, African servant to Christopher Hatton (1632–1706), saved the lives of the viscount and his small daughters when lightning set fire to the powder magazine at this large island fort in 1672. After the explosion, which killed Hatton’s wife and mother, the household moved to Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire. The fact that Chappell’s second wife was Mercy Peach, daughter of the licensee of the Hatton Arms in Gretton, lends some credence to the local legend that Chappell himself eventually became landlord there. More certain is that Hatton’s will of 1695 specified a bequest of £20 a year for the rest of Chappell’s life. You can explore the fort’s 800-year history at the Story of Castle Cornet Museum. 2 Stirling Castle • stirlingcastle.gov.uk Peter the More, a courtier…

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2 victoria and albert

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,” said Queen Victoria of Osborne, the palatial family home where she and Prince Albert chose to periodically retreat from the public eye to spend quality time together, and raise their children. Tucked away on the Isle of Wight, just an hour’s ferry journey from Southampton, Osborne commands impressive panoramic views of the Solent, a prospect that is said to have reminded Albert of the Bay of Naples. The sprawling 342-acre site was purchased in 1845, with building contractor Thomas Cubitt commissioned to create a family home that could function at both a domestic and court level. By 1851, most of the house had been completed, with a central pavilion block housing the royal family’s private apartments (completed in 1846). “Osborne was very much Albert’s…

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victoria and albert: five more places to explore

1 Kensington Palace LONDON Where a princess became queen Victoria was born at Kensington in 1819 and grew up there under the watchful eye of her mother and her father’s former equerry, John Conroy, a man the young princess despised. On 20 June 1837 Victoria was visited at the palace by the archbishop of Canterbury who informed her that she was queen. hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace 2 Beaumaris Castle ISLE OF ANGLESEY Where Victoria was greeted with joy In August 1832, 13-year-old Victoria, then Princess of Wales, visited Beaumaris as part of a tour of England and Wales. Despite an outbreak of cholera in the town, Victoria was greeted with much excitement and a festival of literature, music and performance was held at the castle in her honour. beaumaris.com 3 Windsor Castle WINDSOR Where Victoria and Albert honeymooned Still an official…

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3 the interwar holiday revolution

The British seaside was at its most glamorous during the interwar years. Art Deco railway posters sold a vision of the coast that was drenched in light and vivid with colour, evoking French Riviera style, Hollywood movie sets, Modernism and mass sun worship. The De la Warr Pavilion at Bexhillon-Sea is well known but, five miles east, the promenade between Hastings and St Leonards tells its own story about fashions in leisure and architecture. From the massive liner-like apartment block of Marine Court to Britain’s first underground car park, its interwar gems are still there to be found. The £3m redevelopment of Hastings seafront was masterminded by borough engineer Sidney Little (1885–1961) whose love of the era’s wonder material earned him the title ‘concrete king’. Before Little’s arrival in 1926 the roads…

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