Blog by Intriguing History
This site Intriguing History, started as a project with Maps, post-its and good old fashioned Pins in those Maps, coloured pens and attempts to timeline and connect historic events, themes, people over time.
The Blog part - takes snippets we find, might have share on Instagram and connects relates back to the core content we share on this site. The project goes forwards in 'fits and starts' as we fit around life , family and of course work.
On the Blog we are currently interested in how we can take images, play on patterns in history, mathematics, science, digital engineering and of course DNA to find a few more connections, have a play with photography, images and Instagram and a few quotes and texts here and there. Take it as the lighter side of life, not intense history stuff but a bit of fun along the way...
Bletchley roll of honour, did your relatives work at Bletchley ParK? Checkout the online roll of honour…
Warwickshire UK, is probably best known around the world for it’s most famous son William Shakespeare. It is a fascinating county, largely rural to the south, the North became more industrial as the Industrial Revolution unrolled. It’s industrial heart contains a mixture of mining, clay and cement working, textiles and engineering. It is crossed by canals and railways all giving hints to it’s industrial past. For those with family history connections to the county, the following links may be useful: Search the online catalogue of Warwickshire County Record office and seek out those family connections or find out about museums to visit If your interest lies with William Shakespeare and you want to find out if you are related to him then visit the excellent site for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust </br> [geo_mashup_map map_content=”global” height=250 width=350 zoom=14 radius_mi=10 auto_info_open=false] [geo_mashup_location_info] </br>
Tension East India Company and British Government The East India Company Act of 1784 The British presence in India was a result of the trading opportunities grasped by the East India Company way back at the start of the C17th. The company monopolised trade, had it’s own armies and ruled and regulated itself. The 18th century saw an acceleration of tension between the British Government and the East India Company, until finally, the Government woke up and smelt the coffee or rather the tea and saw that they needed to act decisively. The East India Company Act of 1784, also known as Pitt’s Act, came about because earlier acts, in particular, the 1773 Regulating Act, designed to control the activities of the company had failed. The 1784 Act decided that a board would be set up that would have power and control over all areas of the East India Company. In effect the British Government assumed control of the company. It established Calcutta, now Kolkata, as the effective administrative capital of all things pertaining to company business and possessions in India. Seek out your own intriguing connections to India, my own is through Churchers College in Petersfield Hampshire. It was established in 1722 as a college where 10 – 12 local boys could be educated in all necessary fields to enable them to become apprenticed to masters of ships sailing in the East Indies. What connections can you discover? You might also like to take a look at the following links on Intriguing History…
During the American War of Independence, British prison hulks were moored in New York harbour. Many of the prisoners died on board these dismal and wretched ships. A list of some 8000 names of those who were on board can be searched online using the link To find other connections between your family history and historical events subscribe for free
Did your ancestors take up arms against the French in Canada?
The silk making machinery of Jacques de Vaucanson revolutionized French silk production but ironically held back the French industrial revolution because of the Luddite attitudes of the French workers.