Road trip, anyone? We know some great places to stop for a sandwich…

John Minnis is Senior Investigator at English Heritage and also co-author of Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England. The news that the tower restaurant at Lancaster (originally Forton) Services on the M6 has been listed on the advice of English Heritage has turned a few heads. But the extraordinary structure that looks like an airport control tower is one of those landmarks that sticks in the mind and is one of the few tangible reminders of a moreRead more

Do you know where Bedlam was?

Do you know how people with leprosy were able to worship in the middle-ages? Who were the first people to get married by sign language? Who were the Guild of Brave Poor Things? Where Bedlam was? Or who invented the first dropped kerb? You may never have wondered about these things before. Or maybe you have, but haven’t found the answers. Or like me, you may know a bit about disability history, but it’s limited to a few ghoulish talesRead more