Are you busy decking the halls with boughs of Holly this festive season? If so, you might wonder just why the prickliest of all of the evergreen trees has become one of the most popular at this time of year. And has it really been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth?
As winter approaches and the nights grow longer, it could be the time to try to add some ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-ga) to your life. The concept is embraced by the Nordic countries who also happen to find themselves rated the happiest nations on the planet. But what exactly is hygge and how can we start […]
The Rio Olympics are finally here and we have already enjoyed a week’s worth of breath-taking sport! There is still plenty of excitement to come however, and the Library has received a fantastic guide to see you through the rest of the Games.
One hundred years after the Battle of the Somme, it is difficult to imagine that anything new could be added to the history of this conflict. Yet, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has written a fantastically detailed reappraisal of the battle at a time when the focus has once again returned to the fields of France a century […]
In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Canadian Government agreed to accept a number of Prisoners of War from Britain. It was believed that this would reduce the threat of a “Fifth Column” in the event of a very real threat of invasion. Many were sent to Camp R in Red Rock, […]
Saving Bletchley Park is a wonderful story of new technology being used to save the place of work of those who pioneered it. Dr Sue Black was inspired by the incredible group of people who worked at Bletchley Park during World War Two. As she notes, it is calculated that their secret code-breaking work helped […]
Did you know that there are over twenty thousand species of bee? Or, that bees can see ultraviolet light but cannot see the red end of the spectrum? These are just two of the intriguing facts gleaned from “The Bee : a Natural History”, which I had the pleasure of cataloguing this week.
A recent arrival into the Library’s collections gives us a rare insight into soldiers’ experiences in the First World War. ‘When the Office Went to War’ contains letters between colleagues from the Great Western Railway Audit Office. It is suggested that these letters between colleagues are often more honest and open than those which were […]