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Dr. Scott McLean, PhD Modern British history and MA in British medieval history, is the founding Director of Explore History. He began his academic career at the University of Guelph, Canada, before moving to England in 1999 to work at Queen’s University (Canada) Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle. Teaching at the BISC offered the opportunity to not only meet some wonderful students and travel to historic sites, but teach a wide range of courses in British and European h ...
 
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This podcast includes a reading from a first-hand account of the hurricane which hit Belize in 1931. The account, written by an F.R. Ellis for insurance purposes, provides a vivid account of the devastation, the response by the international community and the challenges it would pose for the future development of the country.…
 
This podcast is based upon a manuscript written by Harold T. Wilkins, a well-known early 20th century "pseudo-historian". Wilkins published widely on topics strange and unusual, and here tells the story of a 'haunted' flat in Lincoln's Inn, London.Dr Scott McLean
 
This track is the first in a series on the Medieval Knight and the development of the concept of Chivalry. In this episode we examine the definition of Chivalry to set a framework for our better understanding of its development and the importance that it played in the Medieval period and beyond.Dr Scott McLean
 
In this, the final episode, we continue Arthur Burdell's story of life in Warlingham village. In it he focuses upon a wide range of subjects, including clubs that were formed and their importance for life in the village and yearly celebrations such as Guy Fawkes Day and a number of events which he found of interest.…
 
In part three of Memories of Old Warlingham the author Arthur Burdell continues with his story of life in this small Victorian village. Here his account becomes more personal, touching upon a court case that involved an act of arson in the area, the raising of pigs and entertainments at the local school.…
 
Episode two continues the story of old Warlingham told by Arthur Burdell. In this episode Arthur begins by describing a more violent side of life in this quaint Victorian village, and discusses such things as the role of the Church in the Parish and various community organisations. A continuing theme running throughout is poverty and hardship faced…
 
This podcast is based upon a journal kept by an Arthur Burdell describing his early years living in the Surrey village of Warlingham. In it Burdell provides us with a detailed and colourful depiction of life in a late Victorian English village.Dr Scott McLean
 
In episode 3 we continue Stuart's adventures during WWII. Last episode we heard how Stuart was in and out of hospital with Malaria and survived the trials and tribulations of the battle of Tobruk. Episode 3 begins with Stuart having been evacuated to Alexandria for some R&R where he will once again recover from Malaria before heading off once more …
 
"Dear CB" is based upon a manuscript written by a soldier named Stuart serving in the 1st Cavalry Division during WW11. His story is based upon a series of letters which he wrote during his service in North Africa and Palestine. This is the first of 4 podcasts telling his story.Dr Scott McLean
 
Letters from Harry at the Front is based on a series of 8 letters related to H. D. Jones while serving on the Western Front. The letters cover from January 1915 to June 1915, providing an engaging account of the conditions and hardships experienced by soldiers in WWI.Dr Scott McLean
 
By the 1530s Henry VIII appeared determined to tear down the world he inherited. In 1534 he spilt with the church of Rome, and soon after began attacking the place of monks and monastic communities in the realm. In four short years all the monasteries of England and Wales were no more and the medieval period had all but come to an end.…
 
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