‘Swimming is the best sport in the world for women,’ so wrote legendary open-water swimmer Annette Kellerman in 1918. Thirteen years earlier, in the summer of 1905, she had arrived in the UK from Australia to make her international debut in the River Thames, covering thirteen miles from Putney to Blackwell. Read the full post
The macabre operating theatre in Southwark, the lined shelves of meticulously reserved human remains in the Royal College of Surgeon’s Hunterian Museum, and the earliest approaches to crime and punishment in the Crime Museum of Scotland Yard — these are the shadows of a bygone era in Victorian London. They are fascinating to behold, but we’re somewhat comfortable that their activities are now a preserve of the distant past.
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Stirring first in the imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer and physician, and eventually animated on the pages of his eponymous stories, Sherlock Holmes ascended quickly into our collective psyche as the ultimate detective — a veritable master of mental agility and a master at the art of deduction. Read the full post
Coloured gemstone mining is mining like no other. This is so because all the mechanised mining and equipment that is used to strip the waste and expose the potential gem-bearing ore, is inferior to two of the greatest extraction tools in this world – a pair of hands. No piece of equipment can gently move this rock and forcefully chisel that rock to expose and extract some of the world’s rarest, most beautiful and sought-after natural objects. Read the full post
Throughout history, fine coloured gemstones (emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, etc) have been more prominent and highly revered than diamonds and it is only in the last fifty years, following an extensive marketing campaign, that diamonds have become higher in demand. Read the full post
Shaun Leane, award winning jewellery designer and presenter of BBC4’s ‘Secret Knowledge: The Hidden Jewels of the Cheapside Hoard‘ writes about London craftsmanship and the mysteries contained in the Cheapside Hoard. Read the full post