The Holocaust continues to cast a long shadow over Europe’s history after 80 years. Over six million Jews died in some of the most brutal and sustained atrocities ever inflicted on a civilian population. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an opportunity to recall why it’s crucial to revisit […]
Remembrance Weekend is the time when we commemorate those who served and died during modern wars and conflicts. It’s an important way of honouring the men and women who fought for our freedom, democracy and liberty. This year, I’m focusing on the stories of seven of my family […]
“On a dark night, the ghosts emerge to fright”. That’s what people say about Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, dubbed England’s “most haunted”. The notorious reputation of the castle has grown over the years with sightings of ghosts, unexplained apparitions and paranormal activity. Earlier this year, I embarked on […]
Crete is the sunshine island, blessed with beautiful scenery, golden beaches and ‘picture perfect’ holiday resorts. Over the centuries Crete has survived the destructive force of earthquakes, ancient conflicts, and invasions. But the story of a dark period in the island’s modern history is less well known. Crete’s […]
I want to take you to a place which has a secret history. A house with a hidden bunker… a safe refuge from the tumultuous world beyond its doors. A place where people were hidden in an underground room for their own protection. Sometimes its inhabitants spent months […]
Bamburgh Castle is built on a dramatic volcanic basalt perch overlooking the North Sea with impressive views along the coast as far as Holy Island to the north and Dunstanburgh Castle to the south. The small village of Bamburgh tucks in neatly behind the castle with its long main […]
Go on board Ocelot, a former submarine at the forefront of the Cold War.
The Isle of Bute is a pretty island on the west coast of Scotland, the perfect place for a short, relaxing break. In Victorian times Bute was a popular playground for Glaswegian tourists. It was part of the “Scottish Riviera” and its harbour was once packed with steam […]
The town of Jarrow on Tyneside has a long history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and the beginnings of early Christianity. But it’s perhaps most famous for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936 when 200 men marched from Jarrow to London in protest against mass unemployment. I was […]
Wemyss Bay Station is arguably Britain’s prettiest railway station.