From Prototype to Defender of the Skies: The Story of the Spitfire

The British Spitfire – the iconic, high performance aircraft, celebrated for its maneuverability, speed and fire power – helped the RAF turn the tide of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour.Read more

The Untold Story of the Highway Code

The British Highway Code – ‘…a guide to the proper use of the highway and a code of good manners…’ – celebrates the 90th anniversary of its first publication in 2021.Read more

The Extraordinary Story of Pioneering Aviator Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson became a living legend after becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Here we look at her extraordinary story.Read more

9 Interesting Facts About Life as a 19th-century Mill Worker

Mills are a rich and fascinating part of our history. These sleeping giants are a defining feature on the skyline of our industrial landscape, standing as a tangible link to the past. Read more

How to Recreate an Archive Photograph

Carrie Marks, Imaging Technician Trainee for our John Laing Breaking New Ground project, decided to re-shoot some of the old photographs in the collection to highlight how the buildings have changed (or not) over time.Read more

9 Ancient Roman Ruins You Need to Visit

Remains of Roman Britain can be found everywhere, from walls left in our cities to forts and villas in the countryside. Read more

10 Places That Tell the Story of the Mayflower

2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Here are nine places that tell the Mayflower story.Read more

10 Amazing Archive Images of 20th-century Yorkshire

Settle down and be Idle for a few moments, as we Jump to it and spin you a Yorkshire Yarm that we’re sure you will a-Dore.Read more

8 Things to Know About the Black Country

The Black Country can be found in the West Midlands, roughly made up of towns within the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton – although you won’t find any official borders on the map, or any two Yam Yams that agree on it!Read more

8 Historic Music Festivals

From struggling to put a tent up in the pouring rain to dancing to your favourite band with your mates, music festival have become a highlight of summer.Read more