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Vikings and IslamRead MoreOctober 14, 2017

A recent discovery has been made which sheds much more light on a fascinating topic - the extensive trade between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

All about Turkish stockingsRead MoreMarch 4, 2017


The most wonderful book has arrived to join the gathering throng in the library. Knitted stockings from Turkish villages is a delightful collection of patterns and colours showing... well, let's just say it does what it says on the tin.

Kings of styleRead MoreOctober 13, 2013

The BBC website also has this set of photographs up, from an exhibition of Kings from Nigeria.

Sails made of woolRead MoreSeptember 1, 2013

This week we have had a few queries about woolen sails, especially those that the Vikings used.

The art of the ancient worldsRead MoreJune 20, 2013

There is nothing new under the sun, so the saying goes. Here are some shows that explain something about history and tell us that we live in a world that has been creating and crafting for centuries.