Monthly Archives: January 2014

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY # 6: CONSTRUCTIVE HISTORY

Yesterday’s post was about the failure of the Scott Expedition, which came about through a combination of bad judgement and bad luck. Failure isn’t always caused by those factors, though. Sometimes it’s just due to an unwillingness to persevere and/or adapt. Take the Vikings who went to Greenland. Their homeland had a harsh climate, but […]

HISTORIC FAILURES

The Scott Expedition at the South Pole: (l-r, standing) Captain Lawrence Oates, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, and Petty Officer Edgar Evans, (l-r, seated) Lieutenant Henry Bowers and naturalist, Edward Wilson. History isn’t always made by the successful. Those who fail at their appointed task sometimes get into the history book too. One example is the […]

TRIVIA TRAIL # 9: KID INVENTORS

Question: What do earmuffs, trampolines, and popsicles have in common? Answer: They were all invented by – kids! And today happens to be Kid Inventors’ Day. Earmuffs were the brainchild of Chester Greenwood, a fifteen-year-old who got frustrated trying to keep a scarf wrapped round his head to keep his ears warm while ice-skating. Fashioning […]

THE RAGGED SCHOOL MUSEUM

In The Mud Rose, my young time travellers connect to their Victorian mudlarks through a visit to London’s Ragged School Museum. This museum was once the Barnardo-run Copperfield Ragged School, the largest of the schools supplying free education to the children of the poor. Now, however, it supplies not-so poor modern children with information on […]

CHILD MIGRATION: THE HOME CHILDREN

Approximately twelve per cent of Canada’s population can claim descent from young immigrants known as Home Children. Between 1863-1939, fifty different British child care societies shipped about 118,000 youngsters to Canada and placed them with Canadian families. Though younger children like Hetty and Pip were sometimes adopted, older ones were usually taken on as farm […]

SOCIAL REFORMERS: THOMAS BARNARDO

Well-to-do Victorians considered it their Christian duty to improve the lives of the less fortunate, and were receptive to supporting the work of social reformers like Thomas Barnardo, who ministered to orphaned and abandoned children like Hetty and Pip. The Dublin-born Barnardo went to London in 1866 with the intention of becoming a medical missionary, […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: FROST FAIRS

My Mud Rose characters, Hetty and Pip plied their trade year round. Mudlarking was an especially cold business to be in during the winter, but at least by their time, London’s River Thames was no longer freezing over. Before the old medieval London Bridge was torn down in 1831, ice did sometimes manage to form […]

IT’S LEARN YOUR NAME IN MORSE CODE DAY

.– …. .- – / …. .- – …. / –. — -.. / .– .-. — ..- –. …. – The Victorian era produced a number of inventions. The above marks mean: “what hath God wrought”, which was the message American inventor and painter, Samuel Morse, used in 1844 while demonstrating his telegraph device […]

TWO FOR ONE DEAL

It’s launch day for The Mud Rose, Book Two of my Time Rose series.  And if you don’t have Book One yet, there’s never been a better time to get it. At the moment, MuseItUp Publishing is offering a FREE copy of The Disappearing Rose to all Mud Rose purchasers!

OPENING OF THE LONDON UNDERGROUND

Though subway train systems are now commonplace in many of the world’s large cities, the first one opened in London in Victorian times (January 10th, 1863). The Metropolitan Line ran for almost four miles between Bishop’s Street (Paddington) and Farringdon Street. Thirty thousand people rode it the very first day, and by the end of […]

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