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Friday, 30 November 2012

Firefighting

I wrote a brief history of firefighting www.localhistories.org/firefighting 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012

James Simpson

I wrote a brief biography of James Simpson the great Scottish surgeon who was a pioneer of anaesthetics. www.localhistories.org/simpson 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Joseph Lister

I wrote a little history of the surgeon Joseph Lister. He is called the father of antiseptic surgery. www.localhistories.org/lister  

Women at University

On 17 November 1880 women in Britain were awarded degrees for the first time. Three women were granted Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of London. Despite our image of the Victorians as stuffy and repressive women gained more rights in the 19th century. The territory of Wyoming became the first place to allow women to vote in 1867. New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote in 1893. www.localhistories.org/womensrights 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

George Fox

I wrote a short biography of George Fox the founder of the Quakers. He was a brave man who refused to compromise his principles. www.localhistories.org/fox 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Belize

I wrote a little history of Belize. Its a small country and many of its people are poor but its developing rapidly.  www.localhistories.org/belize 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Musical instruments

Many new musical instruments were invented in the 19th century. The harmonica was invented in the early 19th century. The tuba was also developed in the early 19th century. The accordion was invented in 1821 and the concertina followed in 1829. Also in the early 19th century valves were added to the trumpet and in 1846 Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone. www.localhistories.org/music 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Leon Trotsky

I wrote a short biography of Leon Trotsky. In the words of the famous song by the Stranglers 'he got an ice pick that made his ears burn'. www.localhistories.org/trotsky