Julian Humphrys

Julian Humphrys

Julian Humphrys is Development Officer for the Battlefields Trust. He is the author of Clash of Arms: Twelve English Battles (English Heritage, 2007) and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine.

Britain’s first self-service supermarket, Sainsbury’s in Croydon, opened in 1950
24/11/2017

As shoppers flock to the sales on the day now known as 'Black Friday', Julian Humphrys serves up a brief history of our shopping culture...

This article was first published in December 2015.

02/06/2017

As tens of thousands of punters descend on Epsom to watch the Derby, Julian Humphrys looks at the history of Britain’s richest horse race...

This article was first published in the June 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

An illustration showing an early rugby union game in London, 1871. (© Getty)
03/02/2017

Ahead of the 2017 Six Nations competition, Julian Humphrys looks at the origins and early history of the sport...

This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

05/09/2016

As pupils prepare to return to the classroom after the summer break, Julian Humphrys looks at the colourful history of school uniforms...

This article was first published in the September 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

12/08/2016

As the craze for ‘selfies’ – self-portraits taken with hand-held cameras or phones – sweeps the nation, Julian Humphrys offers a snapshot of how people have created images of themselves down the centuries.

This article was first published in the November 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

29/07/2016

Julian Humphrys looks at the origins of re-enacting battles...

This article was first published in the May 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

09/05/2016

Julian Humphrys looks at the origins of our national obsession with the weather...

This article was first published in the November 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

The battle of Barnet. (Getty images)
14/04/2016

The 1471 battle of Barnet was a decisive engagement in the Wars of the Roses, helping to secure the throne for Edward IV, who triumphed over his Lancastrian opponents. But how much do modern-day Barnet residents know about the clash? Julian Humphrys, development officer at the Battlefields Trust, visited Barnet to investigate…

This article was first published in 2011

29/01/2016

Julian Humphrys looks at the rise in popularity of the tattoo...

This article was first published in the October 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Pope Gregory XIII and his advisers discuss reforms to the Julian calendar
08/01/2016

Julian Humphrys marks the new year with a look at the history of our calendar...

This article was first published in the January 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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