Posts by Guest Writer
Disability History: ‘Any Work’ at the Mill
Think of a Victorian mill working at full tilt - it's big, noisy, terrible working conditions that damaged the health of workers. But look closer at those….
Buckinghamshire Archives - Treasures of the dark tower!
Think archives are just full of dusty old documents? Think again! Creaking open the door of their 'dark fortress' Callum from Buckinghamshire Archives is here to….
BFI National Archive – creativity beyond film
An astounding invention made from Meccano and elastic bands. A pop-up book on the master of suspense. A stylish poster. Just three treasures you might not think to look….
Grow Your Own - digging into the past
No livestock allowed is one of the golden rules of a local allotment (please pass that message on to the rabbits!) At a site in beautiful Yorkshire plot holders grow….
7 Beautiful Books
Between the covers of a book lie whole new worlds, conjured by words and beautiful illustrations. Worlds that range from the heavenly (17th century star atlas) to the….
Deadly Design: 5 cases for careful conservation
Pretty wallpaper? Pretty poisonous! The historic decorative features in our old buildings provide character and are much loved but require care. Careful care. Especially….
Playbills of the past
Did you know a library isn’t just for books? When I asked our organisers for stories about the history of creativity Leeds Libraries came back with these amazing….
Festival of Blossom
'The cherries’ only fault / the crowds that gather / when they bloom'* The sight of blossom in Spring has inspired poets throughout the….
Celeste - The unconquered blacksmith
Born to french aristocracy, scammed into poverty, and bouncing back to face all critics, including the British Admiralty – Celeste Sinibaldi was clearly….