In the run-up to Remembrance Day, the war veterans' charity Erskine conducted a study of 2,000 young people aged 9 to 15 to test their knowledge of facts of the two world wars. The results were shocking: the Blitz was a clean-up operation in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War and the SS was Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. Read a report of the study on the Mail Online.
Collector buys unseen Charlie Chaplin film for £3.20 on eBay
The film may have been designed as a First World War propaganda piece. It is estimated that it is now worth between £3,000 and £40,000. Charlotte Higgins reports on the website of The Guardian.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Imperial War Museum is launching a series of newly recorded personal stories as part of its online exhibition ‘What Lies Beneath’. The exhibition features a selection of twenty personal stories which document the experiences of British men, women and children during the Cold War. They include interviews with Sir Kenneth Adam, the set designer for the James Bond films in the 1960s and 1970s, and the comedian Alexei Sayle, whose father’s involvement in left-wing politics meant that his family were able to visit countries behind the Iron Curtain. The site will be launched on November 9th.
The first ever film version of A Christmas Carol
In anticipation of the release of Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the BFI National Archive has recently launched the earliest surviving adaptation of Dickens’ work on film on its YouTube channel. Scrooge or Marley’s Ghost was produced in 1901 by the British silent pioneer R.W. Paul.
And the winner of the 2009 Georgian Group Architectural Awards is…
Cairness House in Aberdeenshire
Francesca Steele reports on the website of The Times.
Mikhail Gorbachev on why the world has not changed for the better since the fall of the Berlin Wall
On the website of The Guardian.