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The Great Hall during the First World War.

Exhibition to reveal Alexandra Palace’s little-known role in First World War

An exhibition exploring Alexandra Palace’s little-known role in the First World War will open almost exactly 100 years to the day that the first Belgium refugees walked into the Great Hall.

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Sydney Swingler in the 1940s

Kentish Town family united with Italians who rescued prisoner-of-war father in WW2

The families of a Second World War soldier from Kentish Town and the Italian peasants who risked their lives to save him have been united after 70 years.

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The opening of the Fellowship and Sacrifice First World War exhibition at Burgh House. Pictured (from left) are Alan Bristow, John Ridler and Brian Bristow, whose relatives were members of the 138th battalion the Hampstead Heavies. Picture: Polly Hancock

First World War: Brave Hampstead Heavies sacrificed their lives to defend home front

As the First World War entered its second year, the strain on British Army reserves risked seeing the Front move to UK soil.

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A crowd gather outside a bombed house.

First World War centenary: New book looks at impact on Londoner’s lives

How do you write a fresh, interesting history novel on a subject that has been covered from every angle possible?

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Conscientious objectors attending a course in mechanised agriculture

First World War centenary: Spotlight on 1,000s of conscientious objectors who wouldn’t fight

In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, much of the debate and discussion has focused on whether Britain should have gone to war – and the millions of lives that were lost across Europe.

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Captain Charlie May with his wife Maude and their baby daughter Pauline, taken while the soldier was on leave in July 1915

First World War centenary: Captain’s secret diaries reveal ‘mud, blood and nice lunches in Amiens’

Captain Charlie May did not expect to die when he went over the top into No-Man’s Land on July 1, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Oral historian Max Arthur uncovered rare stories of survivors' guilt in his interviews with First World War veterans. Picture: Nigel Sutton

First World War centenary: North London historian uncovered stories of survivors’ guilt in rare interviews

Few living people, if indeed any, can claim to know the guilt and suffering of the First World War veterans as intimately as Crouch End oral historian Max Arthur.

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An image of Siegfried Sassoon on the front cover of Ms Wilson's new book.

First World War centenary: Poet Siegfried Sassoon is an ‘icon of suffering and sacrifice’

The war made keen cricketer and poet Siegfried Sassoon a “20th century icon of suffering and sacrifice”.

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Arianna Shankardass finishes painting one of Highgate's restored phone boxes

Schoolgirl puts finishing lick of paint to iconic Highgate Village telephone box

A schoolgirl has put the finishing touches to one of Highgate’s crowning glories - its iconic red telephone boxes.

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Doris photo and inscription

Italian peasant who harboured escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town hoping for reunion

An amateur historian is appealing for help in tracing an escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town – using a photo that was kept for 70 years by an Italian peasant.

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Sir Peter Medwar's children, pictured (from left) 
Alexander Medawar, Louise Stevenson, Charles Medawar and Caroline Garland-Taylor, at the unveiling of a blue plaque to commemorate their father. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Blue plaque unveiled at Hampstead home of Sir Peter Medawar ‘father of organ transplants’

A Nobel Prize-winning immunologist who is widely considered to be the “father of organ transplantation” has been honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at his former Hampstead home.

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The Isokon Building. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Plaque unveiled to mark 80 years of Hampstead modernist icon the Isokon Building

Custodians of Hampstead’s iconic Isokon building welcomed residents and relatives of its creators to mark its 80th anniversary today.

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Celebrated author Judith Kerr (right) at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Children’s author Judith Kerr speaks at LJCC event for Jewish refugees

Renowned children’s author Judith Kerr was the guest of honour at a special event hosted at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on Sunday for several generations of Jewish refugees.

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A blooming travesty? Alexandra Palace could be appended with a sponsor's name.

Move to find commercial sponsor for Alexandra Palace blasted as ‘a step too far’

A prominent campaigner for Alexandra Palace has spoken out against moves to give commercial sponsors naming rights over the iconic venue.

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Matthew Wright. Picture: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment.

TV star Matthew Wright calls for plaque at Liz Taylor’s birthplace in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Journalist and TV presenter Matthew Wright wants English Heritage to commemorate the Hampstead Garden Suburb home where Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor was born.

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Park House in North Hill, Highgate, which housed the Highgate Penitentiary

Highgate Cemetery tour guides reveal story behind deaths of teenage prostitutes who died at ‘house of mercy’

Ten prostitutes, the youngest only 12 years old, have laid forgotten in an unmarked grave in Highgate West Cemetery for more than a century. Volunteer cemetery tourguides Rowan Lennon and Sam Perrin reveal the story of Highgate’s lost girls and, for the first time, name them.

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Rolf Altschul Allan, who sailed on the luxury ocean liner St Louis on its ill-fated trip to Cuba 75 years ago. Pictures: Nigel Sutton

Hampstead survivor of doomed Jewish refugee ship the St Louis looks back 75 years on

In May 1939 a luxury cruise liner set sail from Hamburg on a journey that, 75 years later, one passenger remembers as a holiday adventure that became a voyage of doom.

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Senior members of the Friends of Highgate Cemetary cut the cakes. (LtoR) Ian Kelly, vice president, Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive, and chairman John Shepperdm. Picture: Mark Hakansson

History of Highgate Cemetery unearthed in famous burial ground’s 175th year

Highgate Cemetery’s origins, past and hopes for the future are unearthed by Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of the charitable trust that runs the famous burial ground

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Education See all

Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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High Speed 2 See all

War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Obituaries See all

Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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