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1930 Story Examines Historic Deep Sea Descent

1930 Story Examines Historic Deep Sea Descent

An article printed in a 1930 edition of the London News offers a look the undersea dive off Bermuda’s Nonsuch Island in the 1930s, which was a record breaking feat at that point in time. On August 15, 1934, Dr. William Beebe and Otis Barton descended in their bathysphere 3,028 feet beneath the ocean surface off Nonsuch Island, Bermuda. This was some... Read more of this article

Sketches Depict Island In Late 19th Century

Sketches Depict Island In Late 19th Century

Capturing Bermuda’s history in a truly unique way, a series of sketches by Henry Finn serve as a reminder of the island as it existed in the late nineteenth century, some 121 years after they were published in Harpers Weekly in April 1895. Fenn, known as one of the most prominent landscape illustrator of that time, was born in Richmond, England... Read more of this article

Two New Books On Bermuda History At Library

Two New Books On Bermuda History At Library

Local author Jonathan Land Evans recently made two new books – which are not presently available for purchase anywhere –  available to the Reference Library at the Bermuda National Library. The author said, “The first is my privately-printed, text-only Preview Edition of ‘Bermuda in Painted Representation, Volume III: the... Read more of this article

Photos, Video: British Airways Heritage Collection

Photos, Video: British Airways Heritage Collection

[Written by Don Burgess] British Airways has come a long ways after four small airlines merged to form Imperial Airways limited on March 31, 1924. In the 92 years since then, one man has seen most of the changes the airline has made. Keith Hayward joined the company as a traffic apprentice in 1945 and has witnessed much of the history the airline has... Read more of this article

America’s Cup Highlights “Ultimate Then & Now”

America’s Cup Highlights “Ultimate Then & Now”

With 165 years of history behind it, the America’s Cup has had a long and storied past, with a recent tweet highlighting some of the differences between then and now by comparing the winning vessel of the event’s inaugural race and defending champion Oracle Team USA’s craft. The photo associated with the tweet shows the two vessels... Read more of this article

Exhibit Highlights History Of Friendly Societies

Exhibit Highlights History Of Friendly Societies

The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has recently opened a new gallery exhibit showcasing a unique and fascinating slice of Bermuda history. Bermuda Friendly Societies – A Cultural and Historical Exhibition opened to a large audience in the Rick Faries Gallery on Friday night. Those in attendance included Minister Pat Gordon Pamplin, Dame Jennifer... Read more of this article

Gunpowder Plot Reenactment At Tobacco Bay

Gunpowder Plot Reenactment At Tobacco Bay

In celebration of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot, which took place in 1775, a reenactment of the event will take place on Sunday, August 14th from 6.30pm at Tobacco Bay in St. George’s. Organisers said, “Join Bermuda’s haunted history storytellers for an explosive night of intrigue and ghostly tales as they recreate the night of the infamous... Read more of this article

Videos: Looking Back At Bermuda In The 1950s

Videos: Looking Back At Bermuda In The 1950s

Archival footage released by Kinolibrary – “an independent agency representing remarkable and rare archive footage from around the world” – offers viewers a glimpse of Bermuda in the 1950s through a series of videos. The videos encompass a number of sights and activities, including tennis, golf, beach-going, waterskiiing, shopping,... Read more of this article

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Today, 1st August 2016 is the actual 182nd anniversary of Emancipation Day, 1st August 1834. Past political and racial shenanigans caused Bermuda’s machinery of Government to legislate that Emancipation Day would be a shifting date falling in either late July or early August. However, like Christmas Day... Read more of this article

Minister: Events To Commemorate Emancipation

Minister: Events To Commemorate Emancipation

In the House of Assembly on Friday [July 15], Social Development and Sports Minister Sylvan Richards spoke regarding the upcoming Emancipation events, saying this year is “especially significant because it marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival in Bermuda of the first person of African descent and the first Native American Indian, both of... Read more of this article

Bermudian Kingsley Tweed Lectures At Oxford

Bermudian Kingsley Tweed Lectures At Oxford

Bermudian Kingsley Tweed  delivered a lecture at the University of Oxford on the Bermuda Civil Rights movement from a global perspective as part of a History of Race and Protest course led by Dr. Imaobong Umoren, with the documentary on the Bermudian desegregation movement “When Voices Rise” by Errol Williams also screened.A spokesperson... Read more of this article

Reflecting On The Start Of WW1 Battle Of Somme

Reflecting On The Start Of WW1 Battle Of Somme

[Written by Larry Burchall] The WW1 Battle of the Somme, began exactly one hundred years ago on 1st July 1916. It still ranks as the worst day in the history of the British Army. The battle itself continued until November 1916, when, after having caused over a million casualties amongst the attacking British Empire forces, the French forces, and the... Read more of this article

Anniversary Of Theatre Boycott To Be Marked

Anniversary Of Theatre Boycott To Be Marked

Imagine Bermuda is coordinating various events to mark the anniversary of the 1959 Theatre Boycott, saying they wish to draw from the legacy with the “goal of looking forward to foster collaboration towards a better Bermuda.” Imagine Bermuda said, “The anniversary of the success of the Theatre Boycott, July 2, offers all of the Island’s... Read more of this article