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 days ago


After a lengthy delay I have finally gotten around to uploading episode 6 of Explore History's podcast on The Medieval Knight, Chivalry and the Modern World. This episode takes a look at the development of the medieval tournament and the Crusades, two very important developments that were in part shaped by the same desire to curb the violence so prevalent in medieval society. Free to listen to on Soundcloud and iTunes. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago


Yesterday went to see Brookwood Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery with my pal Chris Taylor and had a great outing. The cemetery is the largest CWGC in the UK and a beautiful and emotional place to visit. There are 2500 Canadians buried there, as well as men and women who died serving their country from all corners of the former British Empire. What was most interesting though, was to see the large number of non-Commonwealth graves, with Americans, Italians, Czechs, Poles, Belgians, French and others all being represented. I immediately thought of some of the ridiculous materials I have seen from many pro-Brexit individuals harking back to how Britain 'saved Europe in WWI and fought 'Alone' in WWII.' Britain would not have survived either of the World Wars if not for its Commonwealth and the European Allies that fought by its side, and the proof is there to see in this one amazing site maintained by the CWGC ... 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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