On Holiday in Antwerp (Antwerpen)

We Shall Return! A Quick Glimpse of a Cool City A few years ago I went to Paris and Antwerp as part of my MA course. I've been lucky enough to visit Paris many times and love it. On this occasion we were travelling "student class", which meant a very early…

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Textiles at Art in Action

Textiles and Good Times Having said that my next post would be about the textiles at Art in Action, you may have been wondering if you'd imagined that or if you'd missed it. Big apologies! I planned to write it before I went on holiday, then was swamped with urgent work. Then…

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Art in Action 2014

Art in Action 2014 - a Perfect Summer Day In this post I'm going to give you a flavour of Art in Action 2014, an art event which takes place in July at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire. Demonstrating Artists One of the joys of Art in Action is to watch artists and craftspeople demonstrate their skills and discuss…

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Lavenham, a Very Woolly Town, Part 2
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Lavenham, a Very Woolly Town, Part 2

In my last post I showed you some of the beautiful buildings in Lavenham financed using wealth generated from the wool trade during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. There are many areas in the UK where, at some point in their history, the economy has been based on the textile…

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Lavenham, a Very Woolly Town, Part 1
Colourful half-timbered houses, Lavenham, Suffolk

Lavenham, a Very Woolly Town, Part 1

There are many towns in East Anglia where you can still see examples of late Medieval or early Tudor buildings; for the benefit of my non-British readers, the Tudor period is from 1485 - 1603 (the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I). These…

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Makers' Yard and Makers' Mart

In my last post I wrote about the St George's area of Leicester and showed you some of the old warehouses and factory buildings.  Regeneration of this area and its rebranding as 'The Cultural Quarter' started around 2000.  A new theatre (Curve) was built, Leicester's arts cinema (Phoenix) relocated, and the Moderne cinema…

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The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Recently I visited the Cultural Quarter in Leicester.  Even though I grew up near this city and visited often, this is an area with which I'm not that familiar.  The things I do remember are the Moderne former Odeon cinema and the 'flat-iron' corner of The Exchange Building, with its…

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Pen Nibs and Custard!
The Custard Factory

Pen Nibs and Custard!

I've always had a fascination with how things are made, whether that be by hand or machine.  As I child, I remember watching milk bottles being filled in a factory; it was quite mesmerising! Recently, a group of us went to Birmingham, which is Britain's second largest city.  For many…

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