Articles and Features
Apart from books, we have also written numerous articles and book reviews for popular magazines, newsletters and newspapers, such as Ancestors, BBC History Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Folklife Quarterly, the London Archaeologist, Discover Your History, Somerset Magazine, Family History Monthly, Military History Monthly, South West Soundings, Quarterdeck and Current Archaeology, as well as academic journals such as Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Britannia, Antiquity, Journal of the Kew Guild, Archaeological Journal and Surrey Archaeological Collections, far too many to list on this website, though a few details are given below of the more recent published pieces. Take a look as well at all our newsletters and blog pieces on this website.
In the spring 2018 issue of Quarterdeck, we have an feature on what to see as a visitor to Gibraltar, especially from the Age of Sail. It’s well worth downloading this free online magazine here. Another magazine article, on ‘Gibraltar’, was published in BBC History Magazine for February 2017 (in their ‘My Favourite Place’ series), in which we focused on visiting military sites on Gibraltar. In Who Do You Think You Are? magazine 130 (September 2017), we have a Gibraltar-related article on the family of Colonel William Green, who was the Chief Engineer throughout the Great Siege, and his wife Miriam Watson. It describes the difficulties and discoveries in tracing their ancestry and life together, along with tips for tracing military and Gibraltar ancestors. In Folklife Quarterly 55 (October 2017), we have another Gibraltar article called ‘The British Salamanders’, on a ballad of that name. In South West Soundings 108 (August 2018), we have an article called ‘Fake News 1779’, on part of the attempt by France and Spain to invade southern England, which was tied up with the American Revolution and the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
In Folklife Quarterly 57 (April 2018) we have an article called ‘Stand to Your Guns’, a song that first appeared in the comic opera ‘The Milesian’ in 1777 and is often sung today as ‘Stand By Your Guns’. The words ‘stand to your guns’ was actually a naval order, and our article describes the song and how cannons were fired in naval battles. The Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (summer 2017) was a ‘Jane Austen special’, and we had an article in it called ‘Focus on Nelson’s Navy’, showing how to track your ancestors in the Royal Navy of Jane Austen’s time. In Folklife Quarterly 54 (July 2017), we had an article called ‘Poor Portraits and Broken Tokens’, based on songs relating to the problem of recognising someone after a long voyage; one group is referred to as ‘broken token’ songs, where the returning sailor is not recognised by his beloved until he produces his half of a token.
In Folklife Quarterly 56 (January 2018), there was a festive article on ‘The Boar’s Head Carol – and Blood Month’, and in Folklife Quarterly 58 (July 2018) we had published ‘Footnote to Abroad for Pleasure’, expanding an article in their previous issue to give its fascinating historical context that includes the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
Over the years, we have amassed several thousand pictures, mainly 35mm colour transparencies (which we are gradually digitising) and digital images. We used to run a picture library,but no longer do so and we suggest instead that you try the picture library of photographers Mick Sharp and Jean Williamson. Their website is www.windowonlosttime.co.uk, and they have outstanding landscape photographs, prehistoric monuments and much more.
Here are a few examples of the subjects and places we have photographed ourselves.