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New Year, new project – travels through time

1st Jan 2019

New Year, new project - travels through time

A happy new year to you all. The picture above shows our little two year-old rascal Thomas Moore watch the last of the old year whiz past out of the window from his perch on a Virgin train. Thank goodness that journey is over. 2018 was a magical year in many ways. Endeavour sailed bravely out into the bookshops and performed as...

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Endeavour discovered? Some thoughts on news from Narragansett Bay

19th Sep 2018

Endeavour discovered? Some thoughts on news from Narragansett Bay

  Today's news is filled with the latest development in the long-running search for Endeavour in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. It's big news and my congratulations to everyone who's been working on the project for so long. Before the announcement last week I was approached by several journalists for comment. Beneath, for...

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Endeavour, Launch(es), John Sandoe and BBC History

25th Aug 2018

Endeavour, Launch(es), John Sandoe and BBC History

Today marks a quarter of a millennium since HM Bark Endeavour left Plymouth to begin her voyage to the South Seas. Precisely 250 years ago (in an hour or two’s time) Joseph Banks set down the first of his many journal entries: 25 August 1768 After having waiting in this place ten days, the ship, and every thing belonging to me,...

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Finished copies, Mary Soames Award, an audiobook and Michael Palin

9th Aug 2018

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="2" gal_title="Endeavour book"] There’s nothing like a book deadline to accelerate time. It hardly seems a moment since I set to work in the British Library in the summer of 2015; or I was paddling about Endeavour Cove in Queen Charlotte’s Sound a few months later; or standing on the foreshore of the...

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Historical Miscellany #42 – A suggestion for a female administration (1766)

27th Jun 2018

Historical Miscellany #42 – A suggestion for a female administration (1766)

Women in (Georgian) politics A hundred years after women won the right to vote in Britain, here's a related snippet from a few centuries earlier. In the mid-1760s the public were exasperated by their politicians. The Treaty of Paris (1763) that brought an end to the Seven Years' War had left Britain in a seemingly commanding...

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