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History Is Not What It Used To Be

There is an old joke, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. But as I blow the dust off old notes to prepare myself for a talk to a Lincolnshire society, I find myself swimming in nostalgia. The talk has the title taken from an Eddie Izzard sketch about archaeology, and when it was written…
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Lincolnshire’s Last Highwayman by Jim Snee

The Georgian period, of the 18th century is probably one of the periods in English history that people will admit knowing very little about. Which is odd, because if historical periods were television series, then the 18th century would be Game of Thrones but with better tailors and a classical soundtrack that would make Tyrion…
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Winter is Coming by Jim Snee

When I was growing up in a village in Lincolnshire, proverbs and sayings of various sorts were never out of the conversation for long. Obviously, the phrase “Winter is Coming” wasn’t among them as it gained currency in a recent popular fantasy series. But it does remind me of the tough old men and women…
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Lincolnshire’s First Scientist by Jim Snee

Lincolnshire is known for many things, and in today’s society, it is rightly celebrated for its agriculture and its natural beauty. If you think of science, you probably look elsewhere, to university towns and modern cities, but Lincolnshire has produced its fair share of scientists and left an indelible mark on how the people of…
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Lincolnshire’s Last Slave by Jim Snee

[caption id="attachment_18144" align="alignright" width="258"] African American Male Slave in Chains Figure: Unique Black Americana Folk Art[/caption] The history of slavery is long and complex. It involves culture, race, religion, politics and a little bit of economics. Ultimately, it involves every one of us. How far back into prehistory slavery extends is uncertain, but it is…
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Lincolnshire’s Last Duel by Jim Snee

Duelling has an odd place in history in that, although it has its origins in antiquity, it is very much an example of romantic revival, albeit a very dysfunctional one. In its most ancient form, duelling was undertaken as a form of champions combat, by which the fate of many were determined by two selected…
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Remembering Again by Jim Snee

It’s hard to imagine that Lincolnshire was a battleground in World War One, but it was. Not the bloodiest battle, thank goodness, and not one that is well known. But between 1915 and 1918 a long, drawn-out, and largely invisible battle took place between squadrons of “stick and string” aeroplanes and the ghostly invaders known…
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Lincolnshire’s First Flight by Jim Snee

Lincolnshire has often been referred to as bomber county, in reference to the large number of airfields and airbases that have been built on its green and largely flat land. However, the associations this county has with flight are not purely military in character and help remind us that Lincolnshire is an innovative and forward-looking…
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Remembering Aloud by Jim Snee

I have sat, alone and quiet, on edge of a Neolithic long barrow and thought about the people who built it. It is a kind of remembrance. No one knows their names, or if they were good or bad people. But they were my ancestors and I take a moment to remember them. My career…
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Lincolnshire’s First Footballer by Jim Snee

Lincolnshire has a long history of association football. Brigg Town FC, known as the zebras, is one of the oldest surviving clubs in the country, having been formed within a year of the encoding of the Rules of Association Football, in 1864. Prior to the more civilised game, Lincolnshire had a strong tradition of “medieval…
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