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REVIEW- The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels

On a hot summer’s day in 1912, a team of builders were busy demolishing a building in the City of London. Numbers 30 and 32 Cheapside were houses that had been constructed in the years following the great fire, and were set to be replaced by a new building. It was whilst excavating a cellar … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Georgians Revealed: Life, Style & the Making of Modern Britain

The title of the British Library’s new exhibition Georgians Revealed: Life, Style, and the Making of Modern Britain makes a bold statement about the period of history it explores. I think it’s fair to say that several historical eras could make a claim to being the one that made modern Britain and, naturally, it would … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Elizabeth I & Her People

‘A Child And His Nurse’, painted by an unknown English artist circa 1589, is a truly remarkable portrait. The baby boy’s eyes are so bright, and his stare is so piercing, it is genuinely hard to look away. He is only a year or so old, but wears fine clothes, which have been painted in … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Doctors, Dissection & Resurrection Men

In 1832 the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Anatomy Act, legalising the practice of doctors, anatomists and medical students dissecting any body that went unclaimed upon death. With this new law the medical community would no longer need to satisfy its ever-increasing demand for corpses by paying professional body snatchers – or ‘resurrection … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Shakespeare: Staging the World

Back when I was young enough to first encounter a Shakespeare text – it was Macbeth, I think, when I was in my third year of secondary school – it used to frustrate me when people, usually teachers, would say something along the lines of ‘the thing about Shakespeare is, his work is timeless.’ The … Continue reading

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REVIEW- The Lost Prince: The Life & Death of Henry Stuart

History just would not be history without a few ‘what-ifs’. What if, we ask ourselves, event ‘x’ had not happened: how would have history subsequently unfolded? In much the same way as what did happen, or in a completely different way? The National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition will leave you asking this very question: what … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames

For one day in June this year, all eyes in London were on the River Thames. To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, we were treated to a thrilling spectacle as over a thousand boats of all shapes, sizes and colours made their way down the river through the heart of the … Continue reading