There is a chance to explore art, history and heritage after dark next week with Museums at Night events across the country, part of a UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries which is held every two years. Here’s … Continue reading Museums at Night in October 2017
The Loxwood Joust in West Sussex is billed as a Festival of Mediaeval Mayhem, but I know from my visit last Sunday that it is an extremely well-organised celebration of the 1450s with jousts and jesters, battle re-enactments and contemporary … Continue reading Take a trip to the 15th Century next weekend
This is an unusual query – and probably a very long shot – but I’ve just heard that a documentary is being made about the thousands of Royal Air Force cadets that were sent to America for pilot training in … Continue reading Have you got a RAF veteran in your family?
Need more room? The last castle to have been built in Scotland could be the answer. It offered a sanctury to the Norwegian Royal family in World War II and recently it’s been a youth hostel. Now it’s on the … Continue reading Could this 40 bedroom castle be your dream home?
Plan your your journey on the Transport for London website There are a few things more enjoyable than rummaging around stalls looking for a bargain. It’s a great activity if you’re visiting London and a bit of history is a … Continue reading A tour of London’s Antiques Markets – one for every day of the week.
I only discovered yesterday that June 30th 1916 was known as the Day Sussex Died and the terrible losses suffered at the Battle of Boar’s Head by the Royal Sussex Battalions foreshadowed what was to come. The 11th, 12th and … Continue reading With great artistry and touching simplicity – the Battle of the Somme
Father’s Day doesn’t have a long tradition, but it is not quite as cynically commerical as some people imagine. It began at the turn of the 20th century in the United States, shortly after a special day for mothers became … Continue reading The Day After Father’s Day – what was that all about?
An Irish dancer with the ‘fastest feet in the world’ celebrates 100 years of Irish history from the Easter Rising to Packer Bonner saving a penalty Five-time World Champion Irish Dancer David Geaney from Dingle, County Kerry, and James Devine … Continue reading Irish History in music and dance – watch those feet fly!
I was only in central Dublin a matter of minutes before I saw my first army troop carrier. Its boiled cabbage paintwork and squat body was as evocative of the years around World War I as a red poppy in … Continue reading Travelling Back in Time – Dublin 2016 to Dublin 1916