The Royal African Company and Edward Colston

In the early years of slavery, most enslaved Africans were brought from Dutch traders and sold on as property. In 1619, around 20 Africans were purchased from Dutchmen in Jamestown, Virginia to work in English colonies tobacco fields. The Royal African Company had a monopoly on the west African slave trade. It was originally led …

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A History of Spiritualism

The idea of ghosts has been around for centuries. Halloween, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day and Bonfire Night where effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt are still celebrated today.  The communication with ghosts developed into a religion with people, who said they could talk to spirits of the dead. They were called mediums. The belief …

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Tutankhamun’s Treasures

Tutankhamun is believed to have ascended the throne around the age of eight/nine years and at the beginning of his reign he married his sister Princess Ankhesenamon (originally called Ankhesenpaaton), daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.  Born in 1334 BC and died around 18 years old. He actually has the smallest royal tomb in the Valley …

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Anne Boleyn and Hever Castle

Hever Castle is over 700 years old and was built in 1270. It was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Henry the VIII's 2nd wife. Unfortunately, she met a savage end, when she was beheaded by her husband, after being accused of high treason... Henry had 6 wives Divorced - Catherine of Aragon Beheaded - Anne Boleyn …

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Glastonbury and Legend of King Arthur

When someone says "Glastonbury" hippies, music, mud and fields filled with tents all come to mind - conjuring up imagines of the legendary Glastonbury Festival. However, Glastonbury has a long history, rich with legend and folklore. From the sword in the stone to the knights of the round table, King Arthur's legend has spread from …

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Dragons, Castles and Magical Bones of Krakow

Under the Town Square lies a city hundreds of years old. People of today wander and walk over history deep underground without realising it, they are treading where 1000’s of people have trodden over the centuries. In the 8th century Krakow was an impressive town, with fortifications, Wawel castle and was surrounded by settlements. From the …

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Salzburg, an Austrian fairytale city

Salzburg Salzburg is a pint-sized city split by the Danube river. Surrounded by snow-tipped mountains, lush green fields and a centre of baroque architecture it is known as the pearl of Austria. A brief outline of Salzburg's History First founded as Iuvavum by the Romans in 15BC, Salzburg has had a long history of occupation …

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