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Subterranea Britannica. Exploring underground & secret spaces!

Having an interest in cities, I occasionally visit Subterranea Britannica, to check out man-made & underground spaces to understand the different activities & uses of often private spaces in the past, and in the present! Photo courtesy of Subterranea Britannica.

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Mapping the smells of the city!

Watching the U.K. news today, I came across this article about an academic attempting to create a ‘smellscape’ city map. As the researcher reported during the news article: “We spend most of our time walking around, we see things and we

Lego lost at sea!

Lego lost at sea!

Beach. Apr 17, 2017

As an avid beach walker, just thought I’d share this! Way back in 1997 the container ship ‘Tokio Express’, on route to New York City, was hit by a large wave off Lands End (U.K.) that caused 62 containers to

Going to the Match (1953). L.S. Lowrey Painting.

L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) gained wide public recognition for his paintings of everyday life in the industrial districts around Salford in Manchester. Working full-time as a rent collector, his day job allowed him to witness the ‘everyday’ lives of people living in

The hospital: A Cathedral of medicine.

With the closure of the oldest hospital in England recently announced, it reminded me that hospitals in times past were often viewed as places to be avoided except where there was little, or no hope. For historians writing on the history of western medicine: ‘hospitals were places associated

The purpose of prison?

Like the city hospital, another built structure common in cities is the prison. At present (April 2017) out of a total of nearly 85,517 prisoners in England & Wales, only 70 have whole life terms, meaning the vast majority of the prison population will be released back into

Iconic London Tube Map.

Having used the London underground many times, I became interested in the history behind the iconic underground map. A simple Google search revealed a wealth of information, and introduced another avenue of discovery! Photo credit: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection. 

The Heroine of Trafalgar: The Fighting Temeraire (1839)

Always liked this painting by Turner. The heroine of Trafalgar, the Fighting Temeraire, is towed up the Thames to be broken up at Rotherhithe. No longer loved, she is being towed by steam tugs which illustrate how new technologies replace

The Scream by Munch. What do you feel?

Picture courtesy of edvardmunch.org Everyone can look at Munch’s painting The Scream (1893) and perhaps feel something?