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The Roman sewer discovered under York – and what it confirmed about toilet habits!

In 1972 a large sewer was discovered under Church Street in York. Big enough to walk through, early investigations clearly identified it as a very old structure, most likely of Roman origin. This was later confirmed. Like today’s modern sewers, this underground route included many features such as side channels, sluices and even manhole covers in the street above. The size of it allowed slaves access to clean the sewer of any build-up of excrement or other detritus which had been washed down [...]

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Out Now! York Through the Lens of The Press

You can now get your hands on a copy of the most exciting new book about York available this year. York Through the Lens of The Press is a nostalgic look at the stories, events and news about the city which have appeared in The Press, its local newspaper, over the past hundred or more years. The Yorkshire Evening Press, known today simply as The Press, has been the beating heart of life in York since 1882. Through the reporting of its journalists [...]

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Remembering Middlesbrough Football Club in Colour

Our newly launched book, Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past is a landmark look at the history of Middlesbrough, and it includes some amazing memories of Middlesbrough Football Club. Written and designed by local historian and broadcaster Paul Menzies, the book takes the reader on a journey through the history of Middlesbrough in full colour for the first time. The images in the book have been painstakingly restored, bringing old black and white scenes into vibrant colour, and helping the reader really [...]

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New Book on York Delves into the Archives of The Press

Destinworld Publishing announces York Through the Lens of The Press, a new book title for Autumn 2022 which looks into the fascinating archives of The Press, York’s premier newspaper. The Yorkshire Evening Press, known today simply as The Press, has been the beating heart of life in York since 1882. Through the reporting of its journalists and the images captured by its photographers, The Press has witnessed thousands of stories, events and changes in the city. Now, for the first time, these [...]

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It’s Their Town! Middlesbrough Heroes Celebrate New Book

Out now, Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past is a landmark new book on the history of Middlesbrough. Written and designed by local historian and broadcaster Paul Menzies, the book takes the reader on a journey through the history of Middlesbrough in full colour for the first time. The images in the book have been painstakingly restored, bringing old black and white scenes into vibrant colour, and helping the reader really see and feel what it was like to be there at [...]

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A Whisky Tour of Islay

The small Scottish island of Islay is one of the most unique whisky producing regions. Thanks to its isolation, the flavours produced in its whiskies is often different to any others found across Scotland, or in whiskies around the world. Islay’s whiskies are often defined by their peaty, smoky and maritime flavours because of the make-up of the island’s geography and its location in the North Atlantic ocean. Some of these whiskies are considered only palatable by experienced whisky fans, or those [...]

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Paul Menzies Discusses His New Book on Middlesbrough’s History

Paul Menzies is no stranger to documenting the past. He is the author of numerous books on the local history of Teesside, with tens of thousands of copies sold to date. Now, his latest book on Middlesbrough is set to turn the usual format on its head as he brings the past to life in full colour. Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past, released this month, offers ‘never seen before’ images, many in colour for the very first time, which together [...]

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Middlesbrough’s Stations Through Time

There’s great work going on in central Middlesbrough at the moment, with plans to vastly improve the station. The building, which dates from the 1870s, has in recent years been degrading and suffering from lack of love or attention. But now, there are plans to improve the entrances and facades, ticketing areas, platforms, and bring into use disused parts of the building. But, as we see in books like Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past, by Paul Menzies, the history of the railways [...]

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The 4 Most Important British Objects from the Victorian Era

In his new book, A History of Britain in 100 Objects, historian Paul Chrystal has uncovered the objects which define the nation’s story. From ancient history right up to the modern day, the case can be made in each of these objects for the way it both shaped and influenced the history of Britain. The Victorian era is one of the most loved of Britain’s past, and marks a time of enormous growth in stature of the country. It saw revolutions [...]

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Britain’s Most Important Post-War Objects

In his new book, A History of Britain in 100 Objects, historian Paul Chrystal makes the case for the defining objects which tell the story of Britain and its history. Britain as a nation has gone through many identities and events, and has seen plenty of conflict over the years. The most recent major events were the two World Wars of the early 20th Century. In this article, we’ll look at the most important objects which have appeared in the post-war period [...]

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