10 April 2017
Stories about the impact of new thinkers, installed on the walls of KTN’s head office in Islington.

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

“One of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”

Today’s digital revolution owes much to Michael Faraday’s 1821 development of a motor using…

4 April 2017

Why was Smash Hits such a successful magazine when I worked there, and how has music journalism changed since then? These were the questions I was asked the other day by a student…

8 June 2016

John Benyon was Professor of Political Studies at the University of Leicester from 1993 until his death on 19 May aged 65. He founded the university’s Criminology Department and played an…

8 February 2016

[Feb 8, 2016. Introduction to a lecture organised by The Boar as part of a series to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the…

15 September 2012

They sometimes say the English are cold fish. Reserved, unemotional, lacking in passion. But what do they know who say that? They never met my aunt, Heather Whitcombe, who died aged 90 at…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This type of clock used to be known as a granddaughter clock. It is a French timepiece in an English cabinet and an engraved plaque on the front reads: “…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This is the day book kept by my step-grandmother, Monica Sherston, from January 1923 to March 1927. It was not unusual in 1920s English society to keep such…

6 April 2011
An interesting section about Kas’ relationship with his publishers, De Bezige Bij, in the autobiography of Wim Schouten: Een vak vol boeken. Herinneringen aan veertig jaar leven in en om de uitgeverij, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 1988. The original Dutch text follows below the English translation.

Coming up with consistent promotional ideas wasn’t easy. The main driver was the urgent need to maintain financial stability for De Bezige Bij [‘The Busy Bee’, the Dutch publishing house…

3 March 2011

The lot of a widow is shocking in many parts of the world, the sorrow of losing her husband compounded by cruelty and injustice. Tradition variously dictates that she is unable to work or…

4 January 2011

Born into a British military family, Door de Graaf, who died in Holland on 2 January 2011 aged 90, was a key figure in the wartime Dutch special forces in London, helping to run the Dutch…

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