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Halifax Explosion of 1917

At 9:05 a.m. on Thursday December 6, 1917, the world’s largest man-made explosion before the nuclear bomb shook Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through human error, the ‘Imo’, a Norwegian relief ship bound for Belgium, had collided with the ‘Mont Blanc’,...

She was a pioneer in the open air treatment of tuberculosis

Summer 2010Dr. Barnardo I Was a Barnardo Child Barnardo children We are related to Dr. Barnardo She was a pioneer in the open air treatment of tuberculosis Answers and Questions With a Little Help from My Friends Blacksmiths The Whiteinch Murder Peppard Chest Hospital...

My Town: Vancouver

Winter 2010Treason, Espionage and High Society In Search Of Grandfather Bennett My Town: Vancouver The Man From Hell’s Kitchen Cousin Maisie Canadian Home Child St. Valentine’s Day In Life I Loved You Dearly The Nanny Letters of Love Family Treasure: The...

Little Imber on the Downe

In November 1st, 1943, the inhabitants of the tiny village of Imber on Salisbury Plain were called to a meeting in the schoolroom and given 47 days notice to leave their village – they thought the meeting would be about the installation of piped water. On November...

Memorable Summers

What was your favourite holiday break when you were young? Was it a Butlins’ weekend or a hostel…. maybe a caravan or a tent or even just a day trip in this country … or were you one of the very few posh people who flew to the Costas in the 1970s/80s? That...