A Riot of Colour: The Saloon at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

On 8 September 2018, the Saloon at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton re-opened to the public after a sixteen year restoration project. In this blog post I look at some of the history of the room, and pick out the three parts of the room I find most interesting: the carpet, the silks, and the … Continue reading A Riot of Colour: The Saloon at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

In Flanders Fields: the Great War through the Stereoscope

Over on my Twitter page, I've been exploring the sights and horrors of the First World War through the stereoscope (take a look here).  11 November 2018 will mark one hundred years since the signing of Armistice between Allied powers and Germany. Signed in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne it formally ended fighting … Continue reading In Flanders Fields: the Great War through the Stereoscope

History is all around us: Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings reenactment

In the first Chester Bentley novel, The Last Treasure of England, the teacher Mr Briggs describes how “history is all around us and you, my lucky few, are living in some of it." History was certainly all around when I visited Battle Abbey for the Battle of Hastings reenactment on Saturday 13 October. The Battle of Hastings … Continue reading History is all around us: Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings reenactment