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.


The study of mythology can help understand early geology and geography.

The Tragedy of Oscar Wilde

His plays, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all society comedies, were rapturously received on the West End stage.

The Burial of Pompeii and Herculaneum

“Broad sheets of flame were lighting up many parts of Vesuvius; their light and brightness were the more vivid for the darkness of the night… it was daylight now elsewhere in the world, but there the darkness was darker and thicker than any night.” – Pliny the Younger

Philosophical Transactions – The Importance of the Scientific Journal

Unlike scientific books, which are written as fact, often detailing an individual’s ideas and personal convictions, a journal opens scientific discoveries and new techniques to scrutiny and comment.

The Leakey Family and Revelations under the Sun

In recent weeks, one of the effects of the intense heat that has swept Europe has been to sear away some of the camouflage of history, to the extent that archaeologists have found themselves uncovering more fascinating evidence of early life.

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.

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