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.

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.

Johannes Gutenberg’s Information Revolution

Suddenly, books could be printed, not just in ones or twos, but in hundreds and thousands at a time, at a fraction of their previous cost, thereby making them available to more people.

The Christmas Truce of 1914

For a few brief hours, both sides of the war met as equals and not as enemies.

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.

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