Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood Blacklist

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, tells the story of Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist. The film demonstrates how fears surrounding the Cold War and communism managed to penetrate all aspects of society, including the filmmaking industry. Trumbo highlights the barbarity of the blacklist and the damaging
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The Danish Girl

By Elizabeth Bowley.   The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The film is a fictionalised account of Gerda and Einar Wegener’s relationship and Einar’s transition into Lili. In the last few years, issues facing
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Howard Hughes

By Elizabeth Bowley.   To celebrate Howard Hughes’ birthday on Christmas Eve we thought we’d provide you with some interesting facts about the fascinating life of the aviator, director and recluse that was Howard Hughes.     Hughes set many world records as an aviator, including a new record for
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Remains of Pearl Harbour Dead to Be Exhumed

By Elizabeth Bowley.   The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on the 7th December 1941, saw the deaths of over 2,400 serviceman and civilians on US soil. It was a pivotal turning point of World War Two, as it led to USA’s entrance into the war. Now the US are
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History in My Back Yard

Vast new audiences – journalists, historians, teachers and bloggers – have been actively mining the British Pathé archive since it went online in 2008. Chris Holme, of the History Company, describes how one clip has shed completely fresh light on his own backyard: At first glance, it looks as dull
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The Secret Story of the CIA’s Francis Gary Powers

Secret intelligence pilot Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 plane was shot down on the 1st May 1960 by a Soviet surface-to-air missile over Sverdlovsk. The target destination of Powers’ espionage mission had been the site of the Kyshtym Disaster. Powers parachuted to the ground and was captured by Soviet troops, crucially
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