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.

Dr Livingstone, I presume?

Livingstone and Stanley

In stark contrast to Livingstone’s wishes, Stanley used brutal means that included the widespread use of local slave labour to complete his work in the Congo.

Billy the Kid

The Death of Billy the Kid

In fact, Garrett and McCarty were never friends.

Another Ice Age?

Across various periods of time, a quarter of our planet’s history has been held in the grip of a major ice event.

What is a Recession?

One of the biggest problems about declaring a recession is that we can only be sure if one has happened once it is over and the economy heads back towards a period of growth.

Tudor falls from grace

After eventually gaining a plea for release, Raleigh soon set off on another expedition, this time to find the fabled land of gold, El Dorado. The trip inevitably failed, doing little to improve his standing in court.

Bird Migration

Hibernation and Migration

While many creatures hibernate, many others migrate. Whereas hibernation prevents animals from having to forage for food and be able to have more comfortable living conditions in winter, migration sends others on a long journey to find food, often in a much warmer climate.

Why do we need new money?

The Royal Mint claim that the UK’s new one pound coin, which resembles the old three-penny-bit in shape, will be “the most secure coin in the world.”

Record On

Pirate to Pop: Radio 1 at 50

By the time laws were passed to make the broadcasting of pirate radio illegal, over 22 million people were regular listeners. The BBC realised it needed to do something…


Thanks to Cassini’s observations of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, scientists have discovered that it possesses lakes, rivers, channels, dunes, rain, clouds, mountains and possibly volcanoes, just like Earth.


Opinion: Does our Education system lack Imagination?

It is easy to see why the lack of creativity argument continues to rage. After all, any school that was seen to put the desire to buy dancing shoes ahead of purchasing new science equipment would lose its reputation fast.

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