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 weeks ago


Recently picked up another interesting piece I had never come across before. Titled "A Last Appeal to Reason", it was a German propaganda leaflet dropped out of a plane onto the streets of Harwich in 1940. The piece is a speech made in the Reichstag by Adolf Hitler. What is shown is just the first page, but a short read will give you an idea of what he was arguing. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago


Ok. In my shop working and just had another one of those OMG moments that reinforce why I love what I do. Weeks ago I bought an old wooden crate which I thought I might be able to use. Unfortunately most of the wood had dry rot and I had to throw it out. However, there were three old very damaged books in the crate. I pulled them out and threw them in the trash, but then thought one of them, a first edition of Dr. Doolittle, might have some nice illustrations I could use. The book was severely damaged. As I flipped through I spotted, there inside the front cover, the following pamphlet. This is the very first of the series published. Called "The Crisis" it is a pamphlet published in Britain in support of the American Revolution and was published in January of 1775. Across the top is written "Burnt by the Common Hangman". I haven't been able to find an example of this for sale anywhere, but a complete set (87 issues) sold at Christies in 2006 for £50,000, so hoping this one might get a few buyers excited! I love my work! ... 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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