Archive for February, 2010

If you check out the Contact page for British History 101, you’ll see that I’ve updated it to reflect the show’s new mailing address. It’s taken me a while to provide an updated address after having moved out of Bloomington, but I finally got it set up. Now, purchases from the Amazon wish list or any other correspondence that you’d like to send me can be addressed to:

Michael Anthony

British History 101

PO Box 2950

Clarksville, IN 47131

United States


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From the BBC:

“The study says the ageing population in the UK “offers higher education institutions a serious challenge”.

It says universities should set up centres in areas where there is a high density of retired people.

They should offer a range of courses such as moving from full-time to self-employment, ageing healthily, human rights and environmental citizenship.”


I’m not sure about the particulars, but even beyond the older generation this article provokes thoughts about the role of the university in local life. Oftentimes, it seems, universities are viewed as transcendent institutions with little direct connection to the cities in which they are located (major sports not included); however, this article makes the point that universities could, in fact, provide a very tangible local service as  civic institutions. During my own time at IU, the university library department offered technology classes for anyone who wanted to take  them; I think initiatives like this are excellent media through which to connect to local society and establish universities as intimately connected with their geographic locations.

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I received an email from a brand new tour company in Surrey a few weeks ago; Tours Unbound offers various expeditions through Surrey, exploring several thousands of years of history from the Stone Age through Henry VIII’s actions against monastic houses. The owner of the company asked if I would be willing to spread the word about this startup – since they’re dedicated to letting clients experience history firsthand, I’m more than happy to do my part to publicize for them. If you’re in the UK or have plans to travel there, I’d recommend you give the company a look and maybe take one of their tours through the area. Check out the website at the above link and tell them you’re coming via British History 101 :)

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From the BBC:

This is an interesting bit of international Church relations, as a church near Swansea plans to return a set of Chilean bells to the original diocese after being sold for scrap after a fire.

“Before arriving at All Saints Church they were shipped from Santiago after a cathedral they were initially housed in burned down, killing 2,500 people.

Now the Chilean government has asked if they could return to South America.

Members of All Saints Church council said it was “right and proper” that they return home.

The three bells were initially housed in the Jesuit Church of Le Campana in the Chilean capital.”

The church the bells were taken from, as depicted before the fire:

And the bells now:

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"Iain Sandison from Kilmarnock captured this image of Inveraray Castle as it is surrounded by mist." Source: BBC "Your Pictures of Scotland 22 Jan - 29 Jan"

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The end of a three-part series in which Michael Anthony presents a paper on American POWs during the War of Independence

MP3 File

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From the BBC. This is  particularly interesting for me, given this semester’s course on history museums in the 21st century offered at the University of Louisville by Dr. Carol Ely, Executive Director of Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, KY:

“The millionaire head of insurance company Admiral is donating a ‘substantial sum’ of his money to a museum celebrating Cardiff.”

Henry Engelhardt, head of Admiral. Source: BBC

“The Cardiff Story will open in the old library building in The Hayes this autumn with the first galleries looking at how the city was shaped by industry.

The last dedicated city museum closed 85 years ago.

Since then, exhibits have been stored across the city centre at the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park.

The museum, which has also received funding from Cardiff council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be based around a core collection of around 8,000 artefacts, along with temporary exhibitions.

It aims to tell the story of Cardiff through the eyes of its people.”


Interesting to see where this goes. A city like Cardiff needs a solid local museum; one wonders how involved Mr. Engelhardt will be with the museum with his own hands, or if Welsh historians will take over for him. Certainly to a story to be followed with great interest. You can also check out the website of “The Cardiff Story” by following this link.

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