The Beautiful North

In April 2016, towns and cities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire were invited to bid to put on a ‘Great Exhibition of the North’, which will celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. Sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the exhibition will run for two months and help investment and tourism in the region. From nine strong proposals, four areas have been shortlisted: Blackpool, Bradford, Sheffield and Newcastle-Gateshead. HereRead more

Pioneers & Rebels: 7 LGBTQ People in History

Pride of Place, our ground-breaking research project in association with Leeds Beckett University, has seen members of the public share information about the LGBTQ buildings and places special to them via an online map. The 1,600 contributions made have uncovered fascinating stories and insights into an under-documented history. You can see the findings in an online exhibition on the Historic England website, and we’ll be sharing our favourite stories here on the blog. More details on the objectives of PrideRead 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

We Are London

Our exhibition I am London celebrates the capital’s unique and complex identity. 59 fascinating Londoners have been photographed in historic places that mean something to them and, in turn, show the city’s heritage is the building blocks for its future. Among well-known faces are unsung heroes, each photographed alongside a building which means something to them. We asked people to put themselves forward to be our 60th portrait sitter, by answering the same questions our other Londoners answered: what historicRead more

The Big Issue: My London

George Anderson is a Big Issue vendor, and usually sells outside the BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. George is one of the sitters for Historic England’s I am London exhibition. His is the second in a series of guest blogs published throughout the exhibition. 11 July to 4 September 2016 FREE, 10am – 8pm, Monday to Sunday Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross Header image: The Langham Hotel, London via Wikimedia Commons “As with the many people who travel from all over the worldRead more