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Robert Cooper Lee – The Lost Miniature

8 April 2017

I owe a debt to Michael Hardy who kindly obtained this much better copy of the image of Robert Cooper Lee from the Christie’s sale catalogue of 27 March 1979. When I call this...

Family Trees undergoing revision

29 March 2017

Some readers will be aware that I am currently studying for a post graduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies with the University of Strathclyde. I am hugely...

Crowdfunding before the internet

25 December 2016

A Victorian Workhouse ( We think of crowdfunding as a modern phenomenon. When a family loses everything due to a fire in their home just before Christmas, thousands...

Invisible Black British History

5 October 2016

Only relatively recently have many people in Britain become aware that the presence of black and mixed race people did not begin with the arrival of the Windrush in 1948. Indeed we...