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.




3 days ago


Just been busily putting stuff on Ebay, including a collection of 18 Victorian receipts. This type of ephemera has always interested me. Just a simple piece of paper yet they tell us a great deal. Of the three pictured here the middle one is best: 7 pounds 5 shillings and a penny for half a years rent....7 pounds is what I paid for two coffees last time I was at Starbucks! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago


Here is one of the more interesting letters I have come across in quite awhile. It was written in 1812, and in it the writer discusses events which unfolded in Edinburgh on New Years Day. This included " premeditated riots, robberies and murders". People were robbed of their watches and money, and several policemen were killed. Luckily the writer was outside the city where he "spent 10 days very pleasantly". Just put on Ebay! ... 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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