Articles by Kath Bates

Dr Kathryn Bates is a graduate of archaeology and history. She has excavated across the world as an archaeologist, and tutored medieval history at Leicester University. She joined the administrative team at Oxford Open Learning twelve years ago. Alongside her distance learning work, Dr Bates is a bestselling novelist, and an itinerant creative writing tutor for primary school children.

Another Royal Event: The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee

In all, 750 commentators across the world broadcast the ceremony, with it being translated into 39 languages.


Castro, Cuba and Change (?)

After declaring himself a Marxist-Leninist in late 1961, Castro began to make Cuba dependent on the communist Soviet Union for both its military and economic support. Cuba’s association with the USSR soon led to a dramatic escalation of tensions between the USA and Cuba.


RAF Strike Eagle

RAF 100

The RAF was hugely outnumbered, yet through a combination of new radar technology, new and more manoeuvrable aircraft and exceptional bravery, it successfully resisted the intense German air invasion.


What went wrong with Apollo 13?

Swigert and Lovell radioed Mission Control with the well known words, “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” 


Sir Isaac Newton

During his 30 years working at Cambridge University, Newton developed his own and Galileo’s theories further by applying them to laws of motion and gravity – the backbone of modern day physics.


Could we spend our lives on Mars?

Professor Hawking insisted the move to colonise Mars and the Moon should begin within our lifetime, (Specifically, that we should begin Lunar construction within 30 years and on Mars within 50).


Porton Down: Relevant or Unnecessary Evil?

The ethos at Porton Down, 100 years on from its birth, has changed from the development of weapons to the treatment of those affected by chemical and nerve agents, and on to in-depth research into worldwide medical emergencies.


The Enduring Popularity of Lego

The perfect combination of construction and fun, Lego’s little coloured blocks have not only endured, but survived and thrived.


Why is romance the poor relation of literature?

In the Victorian era romance was considered not only to be of poor quality, but dangerous.


Millicent Garrett Fawcett and the campaign for Women’s Suffrage

In July 1869, at a time when it was unusual for women to be allowed to speak on a public platform, Millicent spoke at the first public meeting held by the London Society for Women’s Suffrage.


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