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date: 26 Jun
Queen Victoria awards the First Victoria Crosses       -  26th June 1857  -     There are occasions when the written press makes valuable contributions to British life. William Howard Russell, of The Times, was one such member. The Crimean War was one of the first conflicts to have war correspondents. Russell, in his job, saw many acts of bravery...
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  • 19th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
  • World War 1
  • WW2
date: 06 Jun
The Founding of the YMCA    - 6th June 1844 -    For many people the letters YMCA conjure up images of the Village People singing a song of that name back in 1978. However, the history of the YMCA goes back exactly 100 years from my last blog on 6th June – D-Day. In many respects it was a different sort of D-day – a rescue not of a country, France...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 03 Jun
The Death of Samuel Plimsoll  -  3rd June 1898  -     A common question/name in pub quizzes and a type of trainer, the name Plimsoll is relatively well known. Most would associate the name with ships but probably not a lot more than that. Samuel Plimsoll was to play a vital role in the rights and lives of sailors and was to devote much of his life...
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  • 19th Century
  • Biography
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 21 May
The Official Opening of the Manchester Ship Canal  -  May 21st 1894   Raw cotton, imported from America, was arriving in huge quantities in North West England. The conditions in that area were perfect. The damp, moist environment prevented the fibres from splitting and provided the rivers with the water needed to power the mills that were being...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 01 May
Opening of the Great Exhibition  -   May 1st 1851   Many have credited Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, solely with the idea and plans for this wonderful event. However the idea and driver was a man called Henry Cole, the man also credited with the invention of the Christmas card. He was an assistant record keeper at the Public Record...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
  • Victorians