My work frequently appears online and in print and this is a very small sample of my published material.  This page is constantly being updated and if you would like to commission me for a feature or history related project please email me at rachael@historymagpie.com.

I’d love to hear from you.


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My quarterly ‘Kentish Scrapbook’ series is great fun to write.  Giving me the perfect excuse to delve into Kent’s archives, each article features three quirky events or historical anniversaries linked by a particular month. The series has been running in Kent Life magazine since September 2013 and has taken me to some remarkable places.

Kent’s History and Heritage

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Literary and Profile Pieces

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My feature writing career accidentally started with an author profile piece back in September 2011. As a very new blogger, I met Sarah Sturt, the editor of Kent Life for coffee and happened to mention that I knew lots of Kentish authors through a new writers scheme I had been involved with. Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was interviewing six authors about their publishing journey and embarking on one of my own!

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I’m very lucky to have grown up in a series of historical homes where quirky ships timbers and hidden newspapers have given me hours of pleasure.  I’m now fascinated by buildings and the people who live in them and consider it a great privilege to be invited into peoples homes.

Power point presentations for Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone 

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As a direct result of my original Kent history blog for Kent Life magazine, I was invited to create some power point presentations for the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. My role was to locate interesting stories held within their archives and translate them into concisely written ‘history bites’ for use on their web pages. I loved jumping from one set of files to another in search of a story and am extremely grateful to Anne Atkinson, the History Services Development Manager, for giving me the opportunity to do so.

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