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.




4 days ago


Another great day at the market yesterday. Wasnt going to go as there was a chance of rain, but glad I did. Came away with 26 antique prints/engravings, 4 stamp albums and 8 document. 6 of the documents are vellum go back to the reign of Charles II. Weekend sorted! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago


Hi Everyone! Hope all are well and able to enjoy some of the warm weather. Just wanted to drop a brief note to announce that I have a new book coming out on July 1st. It is titled "Memoir of a Victorian Antiquarian" and is based on a 6 volume manuscript I picked up way back in 2005. It tells the story of the Reverend David Markham, whom like many wealthy individuals of the Victorian era, had a passion for collecting. An accomplished artist and student of the Classical World, his life was shaped by family, travel, and the study of the past: his house filled with collections of coins, shells, archaeological treasures, geological specimens and fine art (I think I would have gotten along well with him!). The book is being published by Grosvenor House Publishers and will be available on Amazon and other on-line retailers July 1st. Alternatively, you can order a copy direct from me via email (paypal) or Ebay (7.99 plus shipping). 188 pages ... 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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