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  • A Nation of Tree Lovers 18 Oct 19

    In 2010, when the government of the day was looking for ways to raise some quick money as part of its austerity drive, it mooted selling off the public forest estate. The strength of feeling against... Read More

  • Breaking Down Boundaries 4 Oct 19

    In the 1930s, many people fleeing Nazi Germany were helped to find jobs and homes in Britain. A small group of these émigrés comprised men and women who had taught and studied at the famous... Read More

  • Keep Telling Her Story 2 Aug 19

    “People can tell you to shut up, but they can’t keep you from having an opinion.” It’s a quote that sounds like it could have come from a disgruntled teen vlogger or Instagram influencer; a... Read More

  • Going Underground 17 May 19

    London owes its very existence to a river, namely the Thames or what Julius Caesar called ‘the Tamesis’. The bridge built by the Romans above the marshes at Southwark in 43AD instigated the... Read More

  • Exploring Coastal Connections 19 Apr 19

    A ship, they say, is a microcosm of society, so what better way to explore our shifting sense of national identity than in the multitude of maritime museums around our coastline? For all its... Read More

  • Conversation and Creation 8 Mar 19

    Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman, who recently received the coveted accolade for portraying the rambunctious Queen Anne in The Favourite, highlighted how women in the 18th century were just as... Read More

  • The Golden Age of Design 22 Feb 19

    It’s called the ‘Agatha Christie effect’: while we may be bewitched by Poirot’s unerring ability to sniff out a killer, we’re just as likely to be enchanted by the 1920s and 30s living rooms... Read More

  • The Lie of the Land 23 Nov 18

    In the years since 1918, much time has been devoted towards examining the causes of the war, the reasons why it unfolded as it did, and its social consequences. However, relatively little attention... Read More

  • Historic Luxe 6 Jul 18

    Maybe it’s the 'Downton Abbey' effect, but visiting historic houses is a lot more fun than it used to be. Spaces once stuffy and dusty are now vibrant with imaginative art interventions, exhibitions... Read More

  • The Golden Age of Ocean-Going 9 Feb 18

    My maternal grandmother, the daughter of a cranedriver at the Clyde docks, was fond of reminiscing about the past, and of telling me about our family’s years in America, after migrating there during... Read More

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