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Drawing birdsongRead MoreMay 9, 2020

At the moment we can all hear the sounds of natural world, which is a bonus if you live in a city!

National Museum of African American History and CultureRead MoreMay 9, 2020

Part of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has an extensive collection that is now available to view online.

Spring in ShetlandRead MoreMay 9, 2020

May marks the start of the Spring season in Shetland, with lambs and bulbs in flower. Usually it is also the start of the touring season...

Cross BonesRead MoreMay 9, 2020

If you are like us at the moment, you will be discovering and rediscovering all sorts of amazing things where you live.

Article of the Week - number thirteenRead MoreMay 2, 2020


Each week something from the collection is featured on the blog. This time it is a pair of curtains.

Drizzling and ParfilageRead MoreMay 2, 2020

Last week's Item of the Week was a piece of silver thread work. A kind reader sent in an intriguing link which explains what it actually is!

The Olive Matthews CollectionRead MoreMay 2, 2020


The Olive Matthews Trust owns a collection of costume of national importance.

A 19th Century waulk millRead MoreMay 2, 2020

For those of us with a romantic bent, ruins hold particular fascination. So how about those from the 19th Century?

Ghostly flowersRead MoreMay 2, 2020

These ethereal and mesmerising flowers are real: poppies.

Philip Miller's Influenza 1918Read MoreMay 2, 2020

The Influenza epidemic of the early years of the 20th Century prompted a song which has been rearranged for our times.