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.




17 hours ago


Just put the first document from the collection discovered within the cover an old book onto Ebay. This is an uncut title and contents page from an incunabula (books published circa 1500 or earlier) written by Giovanni Nanni. It is on a "Fragmentary History of Babylon by Berosus" and was printed in 1511. Perhaps the tear at the bottom of the page is what led the printer to discard and later use it to build a cover for the book I found it in. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago


Hit the Thursday market early this morning. Absolutely packed out with buyers and sellers. Was able to pick up a few good pieces, including this "Obligation Bond" related to an agreement between a John Adams and William Wilson for payment of 81 pounds, 12 shillings. Dated 1737. ... 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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