Adventure and Tragedy: The Life of Mrs Alec-Tweedie

In the years before the First World War, Ethel Brilliana Tweedie had established herself as a pioneering woman. Writing under the name Mrs. Alec-Tweedie, she was one of the world's first female travel writers, journeying from…

DPhil Diaries 13: New Year, Same PhD

The start of a new year and we're back into lockdown. It's been hard of late to be excited about much, but weirdly, I am starting to feel more optimistic. It's odd though: 2021 should have been the year that I finishe…

'Something Doing Every Night': A Soldiers' Haven in Cairo

Throughout the First World War thousands of Australian soldiers disembarked in Egypt for their first taste of army life. After a month travelling by ship, the land they arrived in was one of great excitement and freedom, where th…

'Put Your Trust in God': National Days of Prayer in the Two World Wars

This week in the House of Commons DUP Member of Parliament Jim Shannon called for a National Day of Prayer in recognition of the Covid-19 pandemic. He's not the first to do so: similar calls were made when Britain first locke…

WW1 Wiltshire Part One: Codford & Larkhill

Facing a year without my usual battlefields tours, earlier in the Summer I decided instead on a more local history trip. I headed down to Wiltshire to explore areas of Cranborne Chase AONB that had played host to army camps durin…

DPhil Diaries Twelve: A Week in the Life (Back to the Library!)

Hello! Welcome back to my blog! It really wasn't my intention to take such a break from posting, but over the summer months of semi-lockdown I've been feeling really unmotivated with writing of all kinds. Whenever I'm…