Tower Bridge: Happy Birthday!

Combined Bascule and Suspension Bridge Tower Bridge was officially opened on this day in 1894. I have long been enchanted by it: as a fascinating piece of engineering it is the only combined bascule and suspension bridge I’ve seen; and as a monumental piece of Victorian Gothic architecture. I first saw it as a child,…

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England’s Hidden Space Heritage

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
English astronaut Tim Peake began his 171 day stay on the International Space Station last December. Although Peake is only the 2nd British astronaut to go into space, there is a long, proud, but little known history of British involvement in space exploration. Here we highlight a range of historic sites…

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School of Medicine – for Women

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Signs.” This week, publish an image of a sign — from the signs you encounter on the street to more personal, less obvious signs that hold meaning for you. I often walk past this sign. I am never quite sure what to feel about it. Dismay that…

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Re-reading Harry Potter

I find the Harry Potter series enthralling. I have read the whole series at least three times now. Generally, if I can I’ll read them one after another. I read quickly but this is still a fortnight of Hogwarts. I am currently halfway through the Goblet of Fire, episode four of the set. It is…

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The Hat Industry of Luton

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
Luton has an industrial pedigree to be proud of and one which has shaped almost every aspect of the town. No, not car manufacture (although that is undoubtedly important), but an older industry – hat manufacture. The town produced as many as 70 million hats a year in the 1930s…

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Survival of the fittest: HKPA’s ideas competition for Darwin College

Originally posted on HKPA allsorts:
Studying the drawings at HKPA’s archive last summer, I noticed this label on ‘roll 24’: These, I discovered, are the drawings for HKPA’s in-house ideas competition for their additions to Darwin College, Cambridge (designed 1965-6, built 1967-8). It’s slightly ironic that while these have survived, the practice’s main set of…

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9 ‘Lost’ Railway Stations

Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
1. Birmingham Snow Hill This fine Edwardian station was demolished in 1977 despite a public outcry.  The historic fabric was razed and trains on the old Great Western line to Leamington were terminated at Moor Street – originally devised as an overflow station for Snow Hill. However, the damage to…

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Orange

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?” Time for another multi-photo challenge! Wow us with punchy pops of orange. I love the colour orange, and here in the Herman Hauser Forum in Cambridge it works really well.

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Mounts and Crosses

I’ve travelled to London since I was child. Then we moved around by Tube. I think my mother felt that London was a dangerous place for young children, and thus clung to the perceived safety offered by the underground. If it wasn’t near an underground train station we simply didn’t go there. South Kensington had…

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