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Designing for Penguins and Paintings

One of the special exhibitions on at the V&A this year is about the influence Ove Arup had on design and architecture.  He was a building engineer by training and stepped over the divide between architect (designer) and engineer (builder). He

2016-07-14 15.15.04

Designing for Penguins and Paintings

One of the special exhibitions on at the V&A this year is about the influence Ove Arup had on design and architecture.  He was a building engineer by training and stepped over the divide between architect (designer) and engineer (builder). He

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Permanent bits and pieces

The V&A has an extensive permanent collection on display throughout the building. I sometimes think the permanent exhibition gets a bit neglected because lots of people go for the special exhibitions.  On a recent visit, I decided to go up the

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Permanent bits and pieces

The V&A has an extensive permanent collection on display throughout the building. I sometimes think the permanent exhibition gets a bit neglected because lots of people go for the special exhibitions.  On a recent visit, I decided to go up the

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Museum of Art and Design

One of the most eminent museums of art and design hides its focus behind a name which doesn’t even mention it’s a museum anymore.  It was founded in 1852 as the Museum of Manufactures using the profits from the Great

2016-07-14 14.57.15

Museum of Art and Design

One of the most eminent museums of art and design hides its focus behind a name which doesn’t even mention it’s a museum anymore.  It was founded in 1852 as the Museum of Manufactures using the profits from the Great

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The light from outside

The amazing artwork in the stained glass windows of Salisbury Cathedral is only properly visible from inside, when the light from outside shines through. Some of the windows have panels with coats of arms, presumably local families who supported the cathedral

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The light from outside

The amazing artwork in the stained glass windows of Salisbury Cathedral is only properly visible from inside, when the light from outside shines through. Some of the windows have panels with coats of arms, presumably local families who supported the cathedral

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Cloistered in history

People interested in the history of ‘the people’ running a state rather than despotic (or benevolent) dynasties, often point to Magna Carta as a key document of the people asserting themselves over their king.  I would apply some caution, ‘the people’

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Cloistered in history

People interested in the history of ‘the people’ running a state rather than despotic (or benevolent) dynasties, often point to Magna Carta as a key document of the people asserting themselves over their king.  I would apply some caution, ‘the people’

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Cathedral City

Cities and cathedrals are closely related in England.  Mainly because a conurbation can only call itself a city if it has a cathedral.  As a result, there are relatively small places called cities and larger places which are not.  Ripon

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Cathedral City

Cities and cathedrals are closely related in England.  Mainly because a conurbation can only call itself a city if it has a cathedral.  As a result, there are relatively small places called cities and larger places which are not.  Ripon

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More modern castle

Wiltshire is full of history, not just ancient like Stonehenge, Woodhenge or Avebury circles, but more modern, William the Conqueror history too.  Mind you, when William the Conqueror built his castle at Old Sarum, he did so on ancient ruins.

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More modern castle

Wiltshire is full of history, not just ancient like Stonehenge, Woodhenge or Avebury circles, but more modern, William the Conqueror history too.  Mind you, when William the Conqueror built his castle at Old Sarum, he did so on ancient ruins.