Fancy a stroll around the West End with Frank Derrett in the seventies? This invitation is possible thanks to the foresight of Paul Loften who rescued these photographs from destruction in the last century. Recently, Paul contacted me to ask if I was interested and I suggested he donate them to the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, which is how I am able to show them today.
Source: Frank Derrett’s West End | Spitalfields Life
These photos are incredible! What a find! Beautiful time capsule of London’s past.
How much I wish I could go back to the bookshops of old London. When I saw these evocative photographs of London’s secondhand bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown, it made me realise how much I miss them all now that they have mostly vanished from the streets.
Source: The Bookshops Of Old London | Spitalfields Life
These are amazing!
Rolling with the times like the rest of us, Stonehenge will live stream the summer solstice celebrations this year in response to the global pandemic.
Source: Stonehenge To Live Stream Summer Solstice For The First Time In History
The six volumes of Walter Thornbury’s London Old & New, filled with richly detailed engravings, prove irresistible to me for compelling visions of a city I barely recognise. Published in the eighteen-seventies, they evoke a London that had passed away at the beginning of the century and contrast this with the recent wonders of the Victorian age which prefigure the city we know today.
Source: In Long Forgotten London | Spitalfields Life
These images are incredible. If you don’t subscribe to Spitalfields Life, you absolutely should immediately.
Source: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies At Butler’s Wharf | Spitalfields Life
These pictures are stunning (and you should subscribe to Spitalfields Life – it’s an amazing blog).
While the museums and galleries have locked their doors there’s a chance to wander their empty halls alone, virtually.
Source: Virtual museum tours – ianVisits – London news and events
This is great! What a great resource Ian has put together.
The ban on mass gatherings has ruled out the event that normally attracts 10,000 visitors. This year’s summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge have been cancelled because of the ban on mass gatherings prompted by the coronavirus.
Source: Coronavirus: Stonehenge summer solstice gathering cancelled – BBC News
On lockdown with Tower of London’s BeefeatersStarted by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 900 years.During that time it has been home to kings and queens, the Royal Mint, housed the Crown Jewels and ravens.The Tower is guarded by 37 Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who live on the site with their families.Normally open to visitors, the site is currently closed to members of the public, so what is it like to be there during the coronavirus lockdown?The BBC Travel Show reports.
Watch here: Source – On lockdown with Tower of London’s Beefeaters – BBC News
The remains of a rare 19th Century dock built for Charles Darwin’s ship HMS Beagle has been recognised as a site of national importance.The submerged mud berth on the River Roach in Rochford, Essex, will now be protected against unauthorised change.The ship, launched in 1820, allowed Darwin to make observations that led to his theory of natural selection.”We are glad to see this site in a quiet corner of Essex given national protection,” said Historic England.”This is a fascinating example of a rare piece of maritime history.”Paglesham mudflats, near Southend, was thought to be the last resting place of the Beagle and investigations into the site began last year.The team from Wessex Archaeology were able to reveal the outline of the dock using a drone fitted with a specialist camera.
Source: HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin’s ship gets protected status – BBC News
Ever wanted to know the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British royal family? In anticipation of next year’s opening of the exhibition Life Through a Royal Lens at Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces is hosting an intimate curator talk.Historic Royal Palaces’ Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley interviews Claudia Acott-Williams, author of ‘The Crown in Focus’ and curator of the 2021 exhibition, Life Through a Royal Lens, delving deeper into the world of royal image making across the centuries.In this intimate 1 hour talk online, Lucy and Claudia will explore the iconic public and personal images of the most photographed family in the world, and the relationship between monarchy and media, from Queen Victoria to the present day. The conversation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions on anything from Lucy’s television costumes, to Claudia’s favourite images, or insights from her extensive research to prepare for the exhibition.Register now for the event This event is free to join, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £10 or whatever you can afford. The six palaces under the care of Historic Royal Palaces are currently closed as part of the national effort to defeat the coronavirus. As an independent charity that generates all our own funds, we – like many of you – are facing unprecedented challenges. Any support you can give will be put to our essential costs of caring for the palaces.Historic Royal Palaces is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (No. 1068852).We look forward to you joining our online event.
Source: Royal Image Curator Talk | Kensington Palace | Historic Royal Palaces
Image Old London – Trafalgar Square Night in Old London Postcards album
Source: Old London – Trafalgar Square Night – British History Photos
What a stunning old photo of one of my favourite places in London!