Despite living in London and spending many hours wandering around the capital, there are sights which have eluded me until now. The average tourist would feel bereft if they were to return home without a camera full of images of such things as Buckingham Palace, the lifeguards, Houses of Parliament, London Eye etc, which is precisely why there is a demand in the shop for postcards of such touristy treats. With this in mind I have been wandering round London whenever the sun is shining or just as its getting dark and taking those photos which up to now have […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Sherlock Holmes trailer: You saw, but did you observe?
With only one week to go until our Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens to the public, we wanted to take a closer inspection at our trailer to reveal a few hidden clues as to what visitors might expect… you saw, but did you observe?
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.