Culture Category

16/03/2020

Train spotting

When steam trains were the new, exciting mode of transport around the country, they drew great admiration…

05/03/2020

Lady Godiva

The legend of Lady Godiva, or Godgifu (?-1067) is perhaps the female equivalent of Robin Hood‘s heroics,…

22/02/2020

Morris dancing

Known as ‘the morris’ to its devotees, morris dancing is a traditional fund-raising attraction for village fêtes.…

08/02/2020

Battersea Dogs Home

Mrs. Mary Tealby (1801-65) was born in Huntingdon and moved back with her mother in Holloway in…

26/01/2020

Gardening

A favourite pastime in the UK is gardening, with many considering it a bonus of retirement, when…

09/01/2020

Rose, thistle, flax and daffodil

The national flower of England is the rose ~ the Tudor rose ~ which derives from the…

28/12/2019

Full English breakfast

The full English breakfast was first concocted centuries ago in the country houses, where it was considered…

15/12/2019

Scotch whisky

We call it ‘whisky’, the world calls it ‘Scotch’, but the production of Scotch whisky is by…

01/12/2019

The Goon Show

World War 2 brought many cultural changes, one of which was the birth of modern British comedy,…

30/11/2019

‘The Beano’ and ‘The Dandy’

Dundee publishers D.C. Thomson & Co. produced both The Dandy and The Beano from 1937 and 1938…

10/11/2019

Henry Moore, sculptor

Yorkshire-born Henry Moore (1898-1986) was the most acclaimed, prolific British sculptor of the twentieth century. His creations…

23/10/2019

Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) houses the world’s largest collection of art and design, making it…