How to understand your identity.


Researching my family tree recently has opened my eyes a great deal to the social history of the 1700s and 1800s in England which affected the lives of my ancestors. Many of my posts have been themed as Imaginative Ancestry as I tried to imagine the lives of tin miners in Cornwall, agricultural workers in … Continue reading How to understand your identity.

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Was this the birthplace of a revolution that changed the world?


Coalbrookdale is a truly significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution. It was here that Abraham Darby changed ironmaking by using coke instead of charcoal and his original furnace is preserved as a historic reminder.

How memories contribute to identity


Memories from a visit to the Blists Hill outdoor museum plus feelings of identity standing in a Cumbrian field have awakened even more intense memories that I am sure have a lot to do with my past 6 months family history research. Rolling all of these things together takes me back to when we had … Continue reading How memories contribute to identity

This is how to meet your ancestors!


Probably the best outdoor museum in England, Blists Hill in the Ironbridge Gorge is a reconstructed Victorian Town where you can relive a typical day in shops, a pub, a working foundry, and even buy fish and chips old style.

My first day as a member of the European Parliament!


As I hurtled towards the big EU machine on the Eurostar from London St Pancras, I had initially intended this post-induction piece to be a light-hearted reflection on my first experiences in Brussels. The beer was good, the bureaucracy was bad – that sort of thing. But in view of the seriousness of the inherently … Continue reading My first day as a member of the European Parliament!

England gets a bloody nose!


In my ignorance we visited Upnor Castle in our “usual mode” of being interested in the building and it’s purpose, but unusually for us, without any research into its history or related events. Because of this a bit of a shock was delivered within a few minutes of our arrival! (This is a follow up … Continue reading England gets a bloody nose!