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The Battle of Jadotville & the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Jadotville, the Battle of Britain, a medieval manuscript and a Dublin museum.

Back to the regular posts: Dublin Festival of History, Eisenhower in Belfast & Arthur Griffith

We took a bit of a break after our digital festival, but now back to the (relatively) regular posts with interesting historical content to read, watch and listen to.

Press coverage of our 2021 Festival

Great to see coverage of our 2021 Festival in the Irish Times and Southern Star.

Our 2021 digital Festival has started

Head over to our 2021 Programme page to find out more

A slight hiatus…

Our regular blog posts have been interrupted by all the work we are doing for the 2021 Festival.


29 June: our 2021 Programme is here

You can find out more about our 2021 Festival here.

29 June: our regular historical round up

This week censored literature, port history and an online exhibition about Cork in 1920.

31 May: our weekly recommendations of historical reading, listening & watching

This week, a podcast discussing 17th century Ireland, a pioneering 20th century women and some ‘forgotten’ ones the Vicereines of Ireland, who are the focus of a new exhibition at Dublin Castle.

23 May: some recommended historical reading & listening

This week, a polar explorer and his forgotten sisters, First World War war brides, Second World War lookout posts and BBC history podcasts for children (and their grown ups).

17 May: our regular update

This week we are featuring both 20th and 17th century history and some beautiful Harry Clarke windows in Cork.

3 May: Our regular historical selection

This week we have the centenary of Partition along with the photographs of Helen Hooker O’Malley, a medieval manuscript associated with St Colum Cille and Edith Somerville’s birthday.

25 April: a fortnightly round up of interesting things to read, listen to & watch

A fortnight’s worth of history-related content to read, listen to and watch today including dark tourism, the American Civil War and Ireland’s first trade fair, held in Cork in 1852.

11 April: a post-Easter post

This was supposed to be a post for the Easter weekend, but somehow that came and went …. so instead it’s a summary of a fortnight of interesting historical content including the Belfast Blitz, the 1918-19 flu pandemic and the history of emotions.

28 March: more of a fortnightly round-up this time…

… including Skibbereen Heritage Centre, St Patrick’s Day features and Irish rugby internationals in the Second World War.

14 March: a few recommendations for historical reading & watching

This week’s recommendations range across Irish coins, the blog of the Military Service Pensions Collection, old photos of Cork, Harry Clarke’s stained glass and the Benin Bronzes.

8 March: our regular round up

This week we have some great pieces connected to International Women’s Day (8 March) and a Decade of Centenaries podcast focusing on events in Limerick 100 years ago.

1 March: 0ur regular update of stuff to read, to watch and to listen to

This week we have cricket bats, Second World War letters recovered from the sea bed, a virtual tour of Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery and West Cork gates but, very unusually, nothing relating to the Decade of Centenaries.

22 February: our regular historical round-up

An eclectic mixture of subjects in our latest round-up – 18th century plates, the Anglo-Zulu War, the most haunted house in Ireland, medieval pilgrimage and, of course, the Decade of Centenaries.

7 February: a miscellany of historical content

Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.

30 January: our regular update of interesting historical content

More of a fortnightly than a weekly update this time around – some interesting articles, an online talk from Bristol, via Belfast, on the legacies of slavery and a History Ireland podcast on intelligence in the War of Independence.

18 January: our regular historical round-up

This week, maps at Marsh’s Library , Thomas Carnduff – shipyard worker, Orangemen and poet – and West Cork’s Mount Gabriel.

10 January: our weekly round-up

The excellent Bad Bridget podcasts, the dashing Rex Ingram (pictured) and a 19th century in Co Cork.

13 December: our not-quite weekly at this time of year round-up

So here goes – another big centenary on 11-12 December, which marks 100 years since the Burning of Cork. And lots of other interesting content too…

22 November: almost too much history this week…..

… it has been quite a week for interesting historical content, with the centenary of Bloody Sunday and associated events in the War of Independence.

15 November: our weekly round-up

Lots of really interesting things to read and listen to this past week…

25 October: our weekly historical miscellany

The centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney, BBC Northern Ireland’s film archive and a new book on Southern Irish Loyalism

18 October: WCHF’s (mostly) regular round-up

A play inspired by the embargo of the transport of British troops and weapons during the War of Independence and some shocking footage from the same period.

9 October: History Festival selection

So, our weekly round-up has become more of a fortnightly one – but hey, that just means more good material to watch, listen to and read.

20 September: a short selection this week

Our selection this week includes, a fantastic exhibition at Nano Nagle Place in Cork city, as well as the Soviet Union and Palestine.

13 September: our regular round-up of historical content online

The Irish-American civil war, marriage in Ireland, the Cork Public Museum & Skibbereen’s own Southern Star

8 September: our not-quite-weekly round up

Slightly longer than a week since our last round-up but never mind – links to lots of interesting historical content here

16 August: our weekly round-up

Of course the best history available at the moment to watch and listen to is our 2020 digital Festival, which is right here on our website, but here’s some other stuff too!