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.

NHS 70

Within a day of the NHS opening, thanks to a massive administration programme, 94% of the British public were already enrolled in the system.


A History of Tennis

The traditionally shaped wooden frame racquet was strung with sheep gut and was in common use by the 15th century, as was a cork-cored ball.


The Crown Jewels of Great Britain

In all, the Imperial crown contains, 2,783 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 277 pearls, 11, emeralds and 5 rubies.


Success through Peace: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although King didn’t remove racial prejudice, his work made a massive impact in bringing global attention to the problem.


The Rise of the Audiobook

In an article on the popularity of audiobooks in 2016, GQ Magazine asked if audiobooks “were the new Netflix”, implying that people were binge-listening to books, just as they binge-watched TV boxed sets.


The Men Who Supported Women’s Suffrage

Men who supported women … often had to put up with ridicule and many risked their careers.


Are we ageing faster or slower than before?

As recently as the early 1990’s, anyone over 50 was considered to be hurtling toward old age. Now, traditional measures of age no longer work.


The January Blues

The National Health Service recognises


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Hansel Monday

If a gift on Handsel Monday was to be an item rather than money, then tradition dictates that the object could not be sharp, or it would “cut” the relationship between the giver and the recipient.


The History of the Christmas Stocking…

For his first visit, St Nicholas is said to have ridden his white horse past a merchant’s house one night and thrown three bags of gold coins down the chimney. The bags were caught in the tops his daughters’ stockings, which had been hung by the fireplace to dry.


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