8 Historic London Shopfronts

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of shopkeepers. Kathryn Morrison, Head of Historic Places Investigation, selects eight shopfronts that can be appreciated by anyone strolling along the pavements of London, and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history as one of the world’s most exciting shopping centres. Presented chronologically, these shopfronts show how our shopping streets haveRead more

5 Memorials that Chart Life and Loss in the First World War

There are few towns or villages in Britain that do not have a public memorial to commemorate those who died in the First World War; a sobering testament to the scale of the loss involved in the conflict. In Britain, around six million men were mobilised, and of those just over 700,000, or 11.5%, were killed. Over half a million men who served in the British army have no known graves. There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. TheyRead more

Not so run of the mill:  8 inspired converted mills in West Yorkshire

The textile mills of West Yorkshire were the original Northern Powerhouses at the centre of the Industrial Revolution.  These impressive structures still shape the rural and urban landscapes of the region but they are taking on new roles as desirable homes, offices, funky bars and chic restaurants and even an NHS Centre for Outpatients (at Acre Mills, Huddersfield). Many of these amazing places have been successfully and creatively adapted but more remain underused and awaiting a new purpose.  We haveRead more