This site has been built upon 20 years of teaching, research and writing, and a passion for all things historical. I hope you enjoy browsing through the site to see what is on offer.


Our Explore History shop offers a wide range of history related items, including documents, stamps, fossils and other items of historical significance.




2 months ago


Been busily working through a collection of stamps I picked up last week at an auction, and let me tell you, anyone that says stamps are boring needs to dig a little deeper. Here are just a few examples of some of the interesting pieces. The first is a propaganda stamp put out by Sinn Fein in 1908 in opposition to the British Government. It had no value to it, but would be put on an envelope next to the official Edward VII stamp to 'spread the word'. The next ones are the very first stamps issued by the newly formed state of Latvia in 1918 following the end of WWI. What makes these interesting is that they were printed on the back of old German military maps - paper being in short supply. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago


Just uploaded a new podcast to Explore History and Soundcloud. This one is titled "Chasing the Bulgar" and is a reading of a letter I found from a WWI soldier in the British Salonika Force. In it he regales his father with stories of how his Battalion chased the Bulgarians out of Macedonia at the end of WWI. Check it out at explorehistory.co.uk, Soundcloud or itunes. If you would like to hear more please give us a like, or make a small donation through the Explore History Website. ... See MoreSee Less

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DR. SCOTT, Director

The Founding Director of Explore History is Dr. Scott McLean. Scott has a PhD in Modern British history and a Masters in British medieval history. He began his academic career at the University of Guelph, Canada, before moving to England in 1999 to work at Queen's University (Canada) Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle. Teaching at the BISC offered the opportunity to not only meet some wonderful students and travel to historic sites, but teach a wide range of courses in British and European history (sometimes as many as 15 courses a year!) It also allowed him to dabble in archaeology.

This resulted in him establishing the schools first Field School in British Archaeology and through this make some amazing discoveries. It also allowed him to indulge one of his other great passions - collecting old documents and items of historical interest. This website is built upon this life-long interest in things historical, his passion for teaching - at all age levels - and exploring history.

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