The banknote will enter circulation on 23 June – Alan Turing’s birthday – and will be made of polymer.
Source: New Alan Turing £50 note design is revealed – BBC News
Not that many people will ever actually SEE a £50 note. They’re rare in circulation and the joke is that only drug dealers and money launderers will see them. I’ve only seen them a few times myself in 20 years of travel (it’s like paying with a $100 bill in the USA).
A three-part horror film series starring the historic Queen Mary and its haunted history is set to begin filming in Long Beach and London in April.
The first movie, dubbed “The Queen Mary,” is slated to release at the end of 2021 or in early 2022, according to developer and producer Brett Tomberlin, co-founder of Imagination Design Works, one of the production companies involved with the project.
Source: The Queen Mary is getting its own 3-part horror movie franchise • the Hi-lo
The widow of a successful industrialist turned her inherited fortune towards the creation of one of Britain’s greatest libraries: The John Rylands Library, Manchester. Steven Brindle explains the story of her foundation and admires the library’s architectural splendour, with photographs by Will Pryce.
Source: The John Rylands Library: How one of Britain’s great libraries was created by a forward-thinking widow – Country Life
Years of archaeological research now suggest that Neolithic Britons lugged massive elements of the iconic monument from far-flung reaches of the island.
Source: 3-ton parts of Stonehenge may have been carried from earlier monuments
The British Highway Code – ‘…a guide to the proper use of the highway and a code of good manners…’ – celebrates the 90th anniversary of its first publication in 2021.
Source: The Untold Story of the Highway Code | Heritage Calling
One of the resident birds at the Tower of London is feared to have died. Legend says at least six must be kept there, or the nation will fall.
Source: A Raven Queen Vanishes, and Britain Checks a Prophecy – The New York Times
Travel the world through this new crop of virtual experiences, from online guide walks to film festivals, wine-tasting to birdwatching
Source: 10 of the best virtual travel experiences for 2021 | Travel websites | The Guardian
London owes its very existence to bridges, since the location of the capital upon the banks of the Thames was defined by the lowest crossing point of the river. No wonder that the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society collected this edifying series of pictures of bridges on glass plates to use in their magic lantern shows at the Bishopsgate Institute.
Source: The Bridges Of Old London | Spitalfields Life
A humble Scotsman saw something strange in the water—and daringly set out to catch it—only to have lecherous out-of-towners steal his fame and upend his quest.
Source: The Obsessive Life and Mysterious Death of the Fisherman Who Discovered The Loch Ness Monster
Chartwell, Kent The Study at Chartwell, Kent – the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson
Source: Virtual backgrounds for Zoom | National Trust
It’s absolutely pouring at Knebworth House, but Martha Lytton Cobbold is not deterred. Umbrella up and wellies on, she’s ready for our pandemic-friendly stomp around the gardens.If you’ve been
Source: Historic Houses elects its first woman president — and she’s an American | Bricks & Mortar | The Times
In these grey cold days, I get a powerful urge to seek refuge in a cosy corner of an old snug and settle down for the rest of the day. Since all the pubs are shut, I must take consolation in this selection of attractive options from the popular magazine Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.
Source: Pubs Of Wonderful London | Spitalfields Life
I miss London so much.
Two metal-detector enthusiasts discovered a Viking hoard. It was worth a fortune—but it became a nightmare.
Source: The Curse of the Buried Treasure | The New Yorker
Repeated attempts to transform it have failed – because it’s said the repair job would be too expensive
Source: The million pound 17th century castle that’s been left to rot in a Welsh woodland – Wales Online
How did the British become so blinkered about their nation’s imperial history?
Source: Misremembering the British Empire | The New Yorker
Lucy Worsley is sitting in front of a bookcase in her London flat and not in her office at Hampton Court Palace. This is because of government guidelines on working from home if you possibly can, and
Source: Lucy Worsley: We need to look at our palaces’ slavery links | Times2 | The Times
It’s a good interview! Love Lucy!
George III may never have left the south of England during nearly 60 years on the throne, but that did not stop him amassing a large collection of maps of the wider world.Armchair travellers of the
Source: British Library makes George III’s map collection available online | News | The Times
Revealed! The Top 10 Endangered Buildings! Will you help us save these buildings from being lost forever? Please share this post so that as many people as possible can hear of their plight! Top 10 list: bit.ly/30iBNuX
Source: Victorian Society’s Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings list 2020 | Victorian Society
One of the Govan Graving Docks could be returned to use under plans to revitalise the Clyde waterfront.
Source: Restoration plan for historic Glasgow dry dock – BBC News
It has been used to recreate the funeral of a rich man buried at the priory in the 15th Century.
Source: Medieval Bacton priory brought to life with 3D modelling – BBC News
Nick Bryant reflectis on what the Mayflower 400th anniversary means to Americans in 2020.
Source: The Essay – Mayflower Portraits – 400 years on – BBC Sounds
The Palace of Whitehall was the primary residence of English monarchs from AD 1530 until 1698, located in Westminster, London. – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News
Source: The Lost Palace of Whitehall – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News
Breaking New Ground is a pioneering 21-month project to digitise 10,000 images from the John Laing Photographic Collection, covering the post-war period of this world-renowned construction company. The complete collection numbers nearly a quarter of a million photographs.
Source: Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain | Heritage Calling
Dramatic new images show the extent of decay at a former country house that was once hailed as one of the most outstanding in the country.
Source: The country house of the super-rich that is now slipping away | The Scotsman
A royal charter was used to stop a pop-up market in Leicestershire this month. What are they and why do we still adhere to them?
An impromptu market in Leicestershire was halted by a royal charter – but why do we still have them?
Source: Why do medieval royal charters still control us? – BBC News
A new support structure for the 3,600-tonne ship will also replicate the ship being afloat.
Source: Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory: Visitors able to walk beneath ship – BBC News
Very cool. Now please restore her rigging!
Ever since the discovery of the site of William Shakespeare’s first theatre in Shoreditch, I have found myself thinking about where else in London I could locate Shakespeare. The city has changed so much that very little remains from his time and even though I might discover his whereabouts – such as his lodging in Silver St in 1612 – usually the terrain is unrecognisable. Silver St is lost beneath the Barbican now.
Read more here: Source: In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life
Archaeologists have pinpointed the source of the stones to an area 15 miles north of the site.
Source: Mystery of origin of Stonehenge megaliths solved – BBC News
Michael Byard’s “amazing” replica has won praise from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin.
Source: Man completes HMS Victory replica after 50 years – BBC News
It’s beautiful. But it needs its rigging!
The auctioneers say there is interest in Nelson “despite controversy about historical figures”.
Source: Locks of Admiral Nelson’s hair up for auction – BBC News
Who wants to buy it and clone him?
A stunning gallery of images and a look at London in the high Victorian era!
Source: The Microcosm Of London | Spitalfields Life
Important new discoveries illuminate the form and history of the houses that lined one of London’s most celebrated lost landmarks. Dorian Gerhold explores the remarkable story of their construction and development.
Source: The story of Old London Bridge, the iconic landmark which vanished from the capital’s skyline – Country Life
Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes Britmemes’s images album
Source: Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes – BRITMEMES
In the recent glorious weather Mapperton, in Dorset, named by Country Life the finest manor house in Britain, has never looked finer. The 15 acres of Italianate gardens echo with birdsong, the roses
Source: Julie Montagu, the viscountess trying to save the ancestral pile | Times2 | The Times
Always fascinating to read how modern aristocratic families are keeping things going in difficult times.
These intriguing photographs are selected from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin at the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen-sixties but the photographer is unidentified.
Source: Around Old Billingsgate | Spitalfields Life
These are haunting and beautiful! Check them out!
Colour has been digitally added to eight photos to show what the novelist would have looked like.
Source: Charles Dickens: Black-and-white photos of author colourised – BBC News
Two Roads has acquired the wartime diaries of Winston Churchill’s youngest daughter, Mary, following a three-way auction.
Source: Wartime diaries of Churchill’s daughter to Two Roads | The Bookseller
This will definitely be worth reading when it comes out next year!