Dickens at Christmas: 7 places to visit around the UK

Is there any novelist more closely linked with Yuletide than Charles Dickens? His story, A Christmas Carol, was an instant hit in 1843 and helped make Christmas fashionable again. It remains hugely popular, with its perennially relevant call for greater kindness and the end of greed. It’s perhaps less well known that Dickens wrote about Christmas many times, often with radical intent, and without the sweet gloss the Carol would get from later adaptations. To help you explore what theRead more

55 Years of Public Art in Newcastle-Gateshead

The Angel of the North may be Newcastle-Gateshead’s (and probably the UK’s) most well known public artwork but the city has a much longer history of public art making, going back at least to the early 1960s. Our free exhibition, Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, explores the  significance of structures created by pioneering artists between 1945 and 1985. 8 September to 23 December 2016, Bessie Surtees House. Rebecca Farley, researcher in Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University, takes us through six artworks thatRead more

London: A Design for Life

Sir John Sorrell CBE is a UK Business Ambassador for the creative industries, and co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation with Frances Sorrell (neé Newell) in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. He is chairman of University of the Arts London, founder and chairman of the Creative Industries Federation, and chairman of the London Design Festival, which he co-founded in 2003 with Ben Evans. John is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the sixth in a seriesRead more

7 LGBT+ Landmarks to Look Out For On London Pride Weekend

Each year, Pride in London fills the capital with rainbow illuminated celebrations; a platform to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for equality for all parts of the community. The two week celebrations will culminate in the Pride in London Parade this weekend, when a procession of members and supporters of the LGBT+ community will take over the West End. Our heritage project, Pride of Place combines images, archive materials and research to map the places and stories thatRead more

A Brief Introduction to the Post Box

As culturally significant as they are practical, the Royal Mail post box is a cherished feature of our streets. With over 85,000 boxes across England, it is likely you pass one every day. The post box connects remote villages to densely populated cities across the UK. Some of the oldest post boxes were already listed, but in recognition of how important all boxes are to our national historic image, Royal Mail and Historic England have renewed their commitment to retain every box.Read more

5 Places to Discover the Magna Carta this Weekend

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The document, which means ‘Great Charter’, was sealed at Runneymede on 15th June 1215. At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England, but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world and is considered to be one of the most important documents in history.Read more