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Violette Szabo: agent behind enemy lines

Violette Szabo

The women agents of WWII If you have already taken part in our Inspiring Women tour you will have heard of the hundreds of thousands of women who across the British Empire contributed to the defeat the Axis powers. Most did so in non-combatant roles, such as mechanics, clerks and drivers. Only a few dozen … Continue reading Violette Szabo: agent behind enemy lines

Smithfield: London’s execution site

Smithfield

A sombre past Smithfield remains largely unnoticed by most London enthusiasts, yet it contains some of the few buildings that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. It also played a significant role in England’s more sombre history - the English Reformation and the years following it. Norman and Medieval London The Priory Church … Continue reading Smithfield: London’s execution site

How the Christmas tree came to Britain

London Christmas tree

London's Norwegian Christmas tree Could you envision London celebrating Christmas without its iconic Christmas tree on Trafalgar Square? Ever since 1947, this beautifully lit-up tree is gifted each year by the people of Norway. It is a gesture of gratitude for Britain’s support in fighting off the German invasion in 1940. The tree is 20-25 … Continue reading How the Christmas tree came to Britain

William Wilberforce’s legacy

William Wilberforce

Early reluctance, later tenacity William Wilberforce was born on 24th August 1759 in Kingston upon Hull. He became an independent MP for Yorkshire in 1784 and kept his seat in Parliament for 28 years. His name is synonymous with the 18th century campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. William Wilberforce though was not … Continue reading William Wilberforce’s legacy