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.




16 hours ago


So great to have the markets back open. Went to Ford today and within 15 minutes I had bought so much had to go back to the car. Picked up a display cabinet filled with fossils, a huge collection of early clay pipes (17th to 19th century), a large box of early 20th c glass slides and photographic negatives, an early wood and brass fishing reel, and some beautiful sea shells. Have pretty much broken the bank this week, but the shop is well stocked. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago


Well what a week it has been!! Shop has re-opened and had CUSTOMERS! As well, the markets are back open, and I have been busy buying, buying, and more buying. This week alone I picked up about 30 early 19th c letters from the Papal States of Italy, 180 English documents from the 18th and early 19th century, Some fabulous stereoscopic images of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and a huge collection of 238 glass paper weights. Needless to say, the shop is in chaos and I am looking for a storage facility. What a great problem to have! ... 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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Dr Scott Mclean Founder of Explore History

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