Five Twitter Accounts For History Junkies

by Meera Pattni

With the advent of technology and the growth of social media, people’s interests are now readily available at their fingertips.  Have you ever wondered what it was like to be around during the first world war? Or maybe even what the fashion trend of 1925 was? Have you ever wanted to see a picture of a vintage bicycle? Same here. 

Here are five Twitter accounts you should follow to curb your curiosity:

Today in History

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Follow Today in History on Twitter // Screenshot 

This Twitter account is like Facebook’s ‘Memories’ feature, except it includes larger scale, more significant events that shaped our world.  Whether that’s the first time Winston Churchill gave a speech in parliament or the unveiling of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, this page works like your daily history update.

History Lovers Club

The History Lovers Club is a haven for anyone interested in the past. Unlike most accounts that are widely detailed with information, this one is more image based and fun to look at. The account gives you an actual idea of what things must have been like, instead of making you imagine it yourself.  It has pictures of the Eiffel Tower being built in its early stages, vintage sexist ads from the 1950s and everything in between. The posts on this account will leave you fascinated and amazed at how far we’ve come.

1947 Partition Archive

Follow 1947 on Twitter // Screenshot

After 190 years of British rule in India, it took a mere 40 days for British judge Cyril Radcliffe to draw the partition line between India and what would become Pakistan. It is estimated that 1 million people died because of the violence during the partition, however the numbers could be higher; amidst which approximately 83,000 women and girls were raped by both sides. 71 years later, the partition still remains the largest mass migration in the history of mankind.

In between these facts and figures, there were people who survived this traumatic event. and the 1947 partition archive detailed accounts of people who witnessed the event. With people sharing stories of their lives prior to the partition – whether it was the taste of water in Amritsar or hopes to visit their ancestral lands – the memories could make you tear-up.

National Archives UK

As the name suggests, this Twitter account is filled with documents from the UK government archives. Delights include a letter written by Charles Darwin as he accepted his placement on the HMS Beagle in 1820. This account is for anyone interested in the events that shaped Britain. The Twitter page links you to the website which has the option of viewing the online archive. Here you can see anything from Alien arrivals (foreign nationals) to maritime births from 1897 to 1960, and even looted art from 1939 to 1961. Head on over, and take a look! 

WW2 Tweets from 1940

It’s the 15th of June, 1940, around 13:00 hours, and a Swiss journalist has discovered a herd of cattle mooing in a fashionable Parisian boulevard, after slaughterhouse staff fled the city. This is not a plot to a historical fiction movie, it’s what happened at this time about 78 years ago. This Twitter account live tweets events from World War Two as the war occurred. And they say time travel doesn’t exist?


Featured Image by Valentina Cipriani

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