Culture Category

20/03/2019

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was born in Surrey, attended Eton and Oxford and was a gifted, articulate student.…

14/03/2019

William Shakespeare

“He was not of an age, but for all time”… so wrote Shakespeare’s friend, Ben Jonson, in…

09/03/2019

Crufts

Crufts dog show began in 1891 as a dog biscuit salesman’s sideline. Charles Cruft (1852-1938) applied his…

04/03/2019

Big Ben

‘Big Ben’ is the nickname given to the hour bell in the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses…

26/02/2019

George Orwell

George Orwell was the pen-name of Eric Blair (1903-50), who died of tuberculosis shortly after the publication…

18/02/2019

Sir Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was born in Worcestershire and taught himself to play the piano and the violin…

10/02/2019

Punk fashion

Following on from the ‘swinging sixties‘ came the ‘punk’ youth culture of the 1970s. Naturally, the aim…

21/01/2019

The Open University

It was the politician Harold Wilson who had the idea of a ‘university of the air’ back…

19/01/2019

Cropredy

Cropredy is a village in Oxfordshire which plays host every August to a music festival also simply…

05/01/2019

British surnames

In the UK, surnames are passed down the generations and are the last part of a person’s…

01/01/2019

Welsh Chapels

‘Nonconformist’ religious movements are those which do not belong to the Established Church. In Wales, these include…

25/12/2018

The Beatles

The Beatles were a musical phenomenon in the 1960s that changed the pop music genre forever. There…