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DANES DYKE PICTURE CHALLENGE

If you go down to the woods today.. ..you could win a ‘Pics App’ prize!! (See our competition page for details of how to enter) ‘Danes Dyke’ has long been a much-loved nature reserve for residents and visitors to the Bridlington area.  Its name hints at the Danes (Vikings) who once invaded the area at […]

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A Gentleman’s Joke

The joke book of Edward Herbert, Victorian gentleman, of Upper Helmsley Hall (archive-ref DDHT/18/1) Ask someone to describe the typical Victorian gentleman, and ‘humorous’ is probably one of the last adjectives that would be conjured.  Our impression of the Victorians is one of stern-faced disciplinarians with a stiff upper lip, who you couldn’t possibly imagine […]

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17th Century ‘Smoothie’

The ‘Snail Water’ (archive-ref DDHI/58/1/1) It’s now 205 years since the Battle of Waterloo, that famous victory over the ‘old enemy’ France.  As a nation we tend to revel in the traditional rivalry between the British and the French but, thankfully, today this is a friendly one. Nevertheless, we still enjoy drawing comparisons between our […]

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Mrs Wilson’s Gingerbread (1907)

by Naomi Peach Volunteer and History Graduate (guest contributor) As a keen baker and recent history graduate, the idea of trying my hand at some recipes from the East Riding Archives seemed right up my street. After perusing some of the recipes on the blog, I decided to give Mrs Wilson’s Gingerbread (1907) (archive-ref DDX1882/1) […]

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