Red Lion Square by Jo Wilkinson

Red Lion Square: Cromwell, a most unusual name, reforming prostitutes, Pre-Raphaelites, and more

It’s time to take a closer look at Red Lion Square. It has more than its share of ghosts and stories. Red Lion Square with Jo Wilkinson My heritage hot spot is one of London’s garden squares. It may not have the elegance of Bedford Square or the fountains of Russell Square but it is Continue reading

The Sutton Hoo Helmet at the British Museum, by Don Brown

A Tudor Tower, Oranges and Lemons, a Gothic wonder, and the magnificent British Museum

Did you know you can visit a Tudor tower right in central London? It’s almost hidden in plain sight. Here are four special places for your London Heritage Hotspot explorations: the British Museum St Clement Danes Church St Pancras Station Canonbury Tower. The British Museum with Don Brown What’s one of my favourite London Heritage Continue reading

The George Inn in Southwark, by Mike Paterson of London Historians

Top picks: The George Inn, Savile Row, Guildhall, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich, and Regent’s Canal

What’s one of your top picks for a London Heritage Hotspot? Here’s what I heard from a few of those in the know, starting with the historic George Inn. The George Inn in Southwark with Mike Paterson Out of the six contributors today, Mike Paterson of London Historians is the only one I know in Continue reading

Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne

Book review: Marianne North, A very intrepid painter

I love Marianne North’s paintings of plants and landscapes. Last week, my sister gave me a copy of Marianne North, a very intrepid painter, by Michelle Payne. Despite the forest of unread books in my house, I immediately put this one at the top of the list. Marianne North was an unusual woman for her time Continue reading

Statue of Lord Byron by Richard Belt

Richard Belt, the jailbird sculptor

Richard Belt was Society’s darling, sculptor to the stars in the 1870s and ’80s, but then it all came crashing down. Richard Belt’s big break In the spring of 1877, a young sculptor named Richard Belt beat 38 others in a competition to create a monument to Lord Byron. Among the losers was Auguste Rodin, not Continue reading

Sculpture of Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace

An extremely rough timeline of the kings and queens of England

This timeline of kings and queens of England is an extremely rough approximation. For starters, everything up to about the imaginary year 0 is “pre-Roman”, with no acknowledgement of how humans developed through the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages for starters. Archaeologists and historians, look away now, I beg you. This is not something to Continue reading

Robert Brown's testimony 1835

Robert Brown and Brownian Motion, the sillier side

This evening I was doing real research, seriously. Well, not that seriously. I wanted to know about the staff accommodations they used to have at the British Museum. This led me back to 1835 when a committee examined in great detail, everything the Museum had done since 1821. Some of the staff had apartments, others Continue reading