A promenade in the park is a ubiquitous feature of 19th century literature – from illusions of Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra’s sojourns to the park; to the aspirations of the Erik, the titular Phantom of the Opera, who only wishes for a wife to take out for strolls on a Sunday. The industrial cities … Continue reading A Walk in the Park: Manchester’s Alexandra Park
Before it became associated with the “favourities” tab of your Internet browser, the humble bookmark was a staple of museum and art gallery gift shops. Being a child who loved both books and museums, I acquired a small collection of bookmarks from various places (also in part as they were some of the cheapest souvenirs on offer). Stirling Castle, the old Museum of the Transport in Glasgow, Deep Sea World – in some way, these told the story of my childhood day trips. One of my irrational hates is dog-eared book pages, my bookmarks were also used for their intended purpose, marking the adventures of my imagination through Middle Earth, Hogwarts, Dickensian London and monstrous Americana.
Our political ancestors may not have rallied to the cries of "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité", but in the years following the Second World War, the UK saw significant leaps in addressing the inequalities in our society. In the decades and Governments which followed, we benefited from a social welfare safety net; a free at the point … Continue reading One Weekend, Two Museums: From Terracotta Statues to Suffragette Houses