Category: National History

VE day 9 May 1945

Charlotte Lebon
Field Marshall Keitel signs German surrender terms in Berlin 8 May 1945

Charlotte Lebon helps us celebrate VE Day by sharing letters from her parents describing the VE day celebrations in S Woodford and SW France.

How Britain Ends

Nigel Beevor
How Britain Ends, by Gavin Esler

In discussing “How Britain Ends”, Esler reminded the audience that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland use a proportional voting system rather than FPTP. He said that the only European nations using FPTP were the UK and (strangely) Belarus.


Mike Phillips
Mother with her starving children

In the spring of 1933, 17 people died of hunger every minute, more than 1 000 every hour, and almost 24 500 every day.