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History Revealed

History Revealed

June 2020

History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history. Plus, we answer questions about some of the more surprising and strange aspects of the past. If you want to get into history, subscribe today.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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in this issue

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For the Ancient Egyptians, mortal death was not an end; it was merely the beginning of the next phase in a person’s eternal journey, and much time on Earth was spent preparing body and soul for the next life. In this month’s cover feature, Egyptologist Joann Fletcher explores the mysteries of the Egyptian Underworld – from the Book of the Dead, an essential text designed to guide the deceased through death and on to the Afterlife, to the complexities of mummification. Turn to page 28 to find out more. Also this month, as BBC favourite A House Through Time returns to TV screens, house historian and advisor to the series Melanie Backe-Hansen takes us on a tour of Britain’s homes – from Edwardian town houses, to post-war pre-fabs – sharing a…

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1953 ROYAL DAY OUT These eager crowds are desperate to get a good view of what, for most, would be the most exciting procession of their lives – even if it meant waiting overnight in the rain. The following day, 2 June 1953, was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Thousands took to the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the new monarch: these spectators are sat along The Mall – the road that runs between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. The coronation in Westminster Abbey was the first to be televised, with an audience of more than 20 million watching from homes, pubs and cinemas across Britain and the rest of the world. See more colourised pictures by Marina Amaral @marinamaral2 1930s STONE-FACED Brave sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his crew pause for…

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things we learned this month....

WWII PAINTINGS OF STOIC BRITONS IN LONDON BLITZ OMIT GRUESOME REALITY Suzanne Bardgett from the Imperial War Museum (IWM) has spearheaded a new study of artworks depicting the London Blitz. These paintings – 5,570 works from over 400 British artists commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee during World War II – were designed to showcase stoic Britons, and so historically accurate frightened faces, blood and death had to be omitted from the paintings. The IWM has collated 82 of these artworks into a new book, Wartime London in Paintings. DAILY LAST POST CEREMONY AT YPRES RESTRICTED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS The daily tradition of buglers playing The Last Post under Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium, has been disrupted by coronavirus restrictions. The ceremony – held every day since 1928, excepting a four-year break…

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“Different sites, different periods and different parts of the world ... only the joy of discovery remains constant” HOW DID YOU GET INTO ARCHAEOLOGY? I grew up in a family that loved history. My parents were always taking my siblings and me out to visit castles, stone circles and stately homes. Holidays were one continuous detour into the past. I remember studying the Romans at primary school, making armour out of milk bottle tops, at about the same time the Asterix books were first translated into English and being utterly obsessed with the Roman army. In my early teens, I volunteered for an archaeological dig and absolutely loved it. When I discovered you could actually do archaeology for a living, I never looked back. WHAT FIND ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Every find is special…

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year in focus....

1 December 1913 FULL SPEED AHEAD Henry Ford – inventor of the widely affordable Model T car – introduces the first moving assembly line (using rope-and-pulley conveyor belts) to his factory. This revolutionary method reduced the manufacturing time of a Model T from 12 hours down to less than three; the process was soon replicated across the world, spurring on mass production. DIED: 31 MARCH JP Morgan John Pierpont Morgan was one of the most powerful US financiers before World War I and founded JP Morgan and Company. In 1902 he helped merge a number of steel firms to forge United States Steel Corporation – the first billion-dollar corporation. BORN: 4 FEBRUARY Rosa Parks In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white citizen, sparking a boycott that influenced the US civil rights…

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the day the music died

On 3 February 1959, three rising stars of rock’n’roll lost their lives when their plane crashed in an Iowan cornfield. American musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson (the latter also known as ‘the Big Bopper’) were all killed, along with the pilot. Buddy Holly and his band had been on tour with Valens and Richardson. The coach journey between venues was uncomfortable, long and cold, so Holly had charted a plane to take them to their next gig. Valens was only on the aircraft after winning a seat in a coin toss with one of Holly’s band members, Tommy Allsup, while Holly’s bassist, Waylon Jennings, had given up his seat to Richardson. Before they took off, Jennings joked to Holly with spine-chilling accuracy that he hoped the plane would…