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.




9 hours ago


Happy Easter everyone. Hope your day includes good times with family and lots of chocolate! Got mine already, and working away on some interesting bits of history as I munch my way through some chocolate. Lots of cool postal history today, including this cover with a penny black, the first ever stamp issued in 1840. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago


Had a successful day at auction yesterday. And while I splashed out a little more than anticipated, I came home with some pretty cool pieces. Two boxes of ephemera I bought on a whim turned out to be especially cool as there is a good collection of items related to Stonehenge. Here is the first of many, a photo from the 1920s showing a bi-plane over the monument. ... 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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