My historical posts are much fewer and further between than, say, my political posts as they tend to take more time to research and write and there is not the same immediate press of the news cycle to make me focus on producing them. Many people however do mention that they like the historical posts as something a bit different from the usual political or technology blogs they frequent, so I’m thinking of writing more of them in future. As a result, I’ve been looking back through my previous posts and here are my favourite six:
- The 1906 election - a talk I gave to a dinner marking its 100th anniversary.
- Drawing for Social Democracy – an interview with the SDP’s cartoonist – my first attempt to interview him was derailed by me being burgled, but second time round I was fascinated by him (and subsequently bought one of his cartoons).
- Why hearing the shipping forecast makes me optimistic – an explanation that does what it says on the tin.
- Crouch End Clock Tower - a little bit of local history close to home.
- Did Lewis Carrol visit Llandudno? – a book I picked up on a whim, it is a lovely little case study in the problems of historical evidence and continues to be a slow burner on the traffic front, bringing in new readers most weeks.
- One of my favourite historical quotes – arson, put to good use.