Most of us learn about the marvellous Great Exhibition at school. Over 100,000 exhibits under the vast roof of the Crystal Palace in South Kensington! But have you ever heard about the protest that took place there on 21st June 1851?
If you’re exhausted by the mere thought of climbing a mountain, grab a cup of tea, sit down (preferably under a cosy blanket), and have a read about some phenomenal women who were doing it in the nineteenth-century.
Have you ever spotted Clapham’s Roman stone?
Where did it come from? Who did it belong to? What does it say? Why should I care? Well, I can promise to answer at least some of those questions…
A piece of the old, the new, and the wonderful in King’s Cross. From the exceptional British Library to a transformed industrial yard. Plus, who’d have ever thought you could find a wild, natural oasis in the middle of London?!
“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree!” Well, here’s a partridge in a fifteenth-century painting. Merry Christmas!
A lasting remnant of the milk trade which has all but disappeared from London’s streets! Next time you’re wandering through Maida Vale, look up and you might spot a bovine buddy gazing down at you from on high. Congratulations, you’ve just found Welford’s Dairy – once the largest dairy in London
Over four days in 1848, William and Ellen Craft fled Georgia for freedom in Pennsylvania. A couple of years later they made their way to England, settling in London and also lecturing all over the UK, sharing and eventually publishing their incredible account. Here is just some of their story.
Part Two of my exploration of London’s time capsules! Who knows if we’ll still be alive to see them uncovered?
This time it’s Hospitals, Theatres, and Museums – oh my! Make sure you don’t miss Part One as well.
Have you ever spared a thought for what’s buried under London? Amongst the old buildings and the burials, and probably a lot of rubbish, there are a fair few time capsules. Pockets of history waiting for the future to find them. I’ve shared a few of my favourites in this blog post (plus stay tuned for Part Two!).
Some hidden history of Parliament Square – from traffic lights to Tudor tourneys. We all know the grand Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey but here are five fascinating facts beyond the main sites.