Britain from Above & people who like looking at pictures…

In 2007, working with the Welsh and Scottish Royal Commissions, English Heritage acquired the historically important Aerofilms collection of oblique aerial photography. And in 2011, the Britain from Above project began – our aim was to conserve, digitise and make available to the public via a dedicated website the early part of this collection. My name is Laura Maddison and I’m one of four cataloguers working on the English Aerofilms images. I’m based at the Engine House in Swindon, home ofRead more

Protect and Survive: preserving Cold War heritage

Fifty years ago this October, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. On the 14th October 1962, United States spy planes flying over Cuba spotted sites being prepared for Soviet nuclear-armed missiles which could threaten large areas of the USA. To prevent further Soviet reinforcements, the United States president John F Kennedy ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba. How would the Soviets react? Would the United States attack Cuba?  Later, as newspapers reported the developing crisis, people onRead more

Inside Wellington Arch with the ‘Ladies of Kenwood’…

So many people know the Arch and the roundabout at Hyde Park as a landmark of London – but it has a surprise…you can come in! I have the brilliant job of organising new exhibitions in the refurbished interior, and ‘Ladies of Kenwood’ is our third one this year. On until the 28th October, it is a sparkling, object rich show – beautiful, interesting – and just for once in Kenwood’s story, which is usually told from the male viewpointRead more