The Standard UFO Letter

So, here’s something I didn’t know, back in the day you could write to the MOD (Ministry of Defence) about a “unidentified flying object” and receive back a ‘Standard UFO Letter’. Unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom from an external source, and to date no ‘UFO’ report has revealed […]

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…The Pimping of the Poppy

Lest We Forget. For nearly 100 years the Poppy has been the symbol of remembrance of the First World War; but has the Poppy become a status symbol, a symbol of identity instead of remembrance? The Poppy, 1921 – 2019 We, the British, have come to see the Poppy as ours, but that’s not strictly true. […]

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…Primo Levi in Quotes

Sunday 27th January 2019, was Holocaust memorial day; it has been 74 year since the liberation of Auschwitz. And every person, whether you’re a Holocaust scholar or have never even heard of Primo Levi, should learn about this loquacious man. Here I use his own quotes to (hopefully) explain why Levi is so important to […]

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…Compensation for Camps (1964-5)

On 9th June 1964 the Federal Republic of Germany agreed to provide the British Government with £1 Million to compensate those who had suffered persecution at the hands of the Nazi regime. Although this seems like a positive idea, it posed many difficult questions: how do people apply? What is the criteria? How much will […]

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…Derek Bentley: A Victim of British Justice

The story of Derek Bentley has become synonymous with the phrase ‘let him have it’, something that Bentley allegedly shouted to Christopher Craig on 2nd November 1952. This one sentence cost Bentley his life and subsequently put massive pressure on Parliament to finally abolish the death penalty in the UK. But what actually happened up […]

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…The Stephen Ward “Tape” (Oct 1963)

The Archive Marauder is a history blog. In each blog post I will discuss a different document found at an archive and its implications for history. I have chosen to begin this journey into the world of archives with the subject of my first thesis: the Profumo Affair. Stephen Ward I have mixed feelings about […]

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