75th anniversary of NATO

Established in the aftermath of World War Two, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) is the organisation that implements the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington, D.C. on 4 April 1949. It is a collective security system, with its independent member states agreeing to defend each other against attacks by third parties. Also called the North Atlantic … Continue reading “75th anniversary of NATO”

4 April 2024 by

50th anniversary of the discovery of the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang

Post contributed by Lorna, Student Experience Ambassador The Terracotta Army is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history, offering a captivating glimpse into ancient China’s military and cultural prowess. This vast collection of life-sized clay soldiers, horses and chariots was unearthed 20 March 1974 by local farmers drilling a well near the city … Continue reading “50th anniversary of the discovery of the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang”

20 March 2024 by

Cadbury 200th birthday

On 4 March 1824 John Cadbury opened his first shop selling cocoa, tea and coffee on Bull Street, Birmingham. In 1861 Richard and George Cadbury took over the family business and created the UK’s first totally pure drinking cocoa. In 1871 Cadbury was among the first to introduce bank holidays for its workers, something which … Continue reading “Cadbury 200th birthday”

4 March 2024 by

150th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Shackleton

15 February marks 150 years since the birth of Ernest Shackleton, the Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who attempted to reach the South Pole. He is most associated with four expeditions exploring Antarctica, particularly the Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition (1914–16) that he led, which, although unsuccessful, became famous as a tale of remarkable perseverance and survival. Born in County Kildare … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Shackleton”

15 February 2024 by

Bagpuss is 50!

Bagpuss, the most magical, saggy, old, cloth cat in the whole wide world, is 50. The children’s show first aired on 12 February 1974. Made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, Bagpuss lived in a shop that was a home for lost property. Only 13 episodes were ever made, the programme and it has remained … Continue reading “Bagpuss is 50!”

13 February 2024 by

Dr Who at 60

23 November 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the first episode of Dr Who. Beginning with William Hartnell as the first-ever Time Lord, fourteen actors have gone on to play this iconic role, exploring the universe in the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension(s) In Space), combatting foes, helping people in need and generally just saving … Continue reading “Dr Who at 60”

23 November 2023 by