Culture Category

26/10/2018

Bubble and squeak

In the early 19th century there was a very popular cookbook called ‘A New System of Domestic…

23/10/2018

The Proms

The BBC Proms is a music festival which takes place every year from mid-July to early September,…

22/10/2018

The Turner prize

Every year since 1984, four different artists (who are either British-born or working mainly in Britain) are…

20/10/2018

The CILIP Carnegie medal

“Words are mastered by meeting them, not by avoiding them.” This was Geraldine McCaughrean’s advice to publishers…

19/10/2018

Samuel Pepys’s diary

Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary every day from lst January 1660 until nine years later,…

19/10/2018

Emily Brontë

Born two centuries ago in 1818, Emily Brontë was part of an amazing family in Yorkshire which…

19/10/2018

Betting & gambling

Betting and gambling are legal activities in the UK. Betting shops, bingo halls, casinos, the National Lottery…

18/10/2018

Gertrude Jekyll

Miss Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was born in London and studied art in her youth. She went on…

18/10/2018

Sir V.S. Naipaul

The writer Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad (“V.S.”) Naipaul died in August 2018, just short of his 86th birthday.…

17/10/2018

Mary Quant and ’60s fashion

Fashion designer Mary Quant was part of the ‘swinging sixties’ cultural shake-up in the UK. She pioneered…

16/10/2018

National Eisteddfod of Wales

Cardiff was the venue for the 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales. This is a festival of music,…

13/10/2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Thanks to The British Library sound archive, we can hear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) speaking about…