James Lees-Milne was a key figure in the National Trust during the Second World War and in post-war Britain when private owners were forced to donate their country houses to the Trust. Jennifer Nuttall explores his public and private life.
The River Tigris was said to have turned black from the ink spilled when the Mongols demolished the Great Library of Baghdad. Dresden’s Frauenkirche, an 18th-century church famed for its outstanding architecture, was ruined by British bombs during World War Two. The Great Sphinx’s nose was knocked off by a misfired cannonball from one of Continue Reading
Manchester’s continual architectural and cultural makeover has offered a few surprises over the past decade (the controversial design of the Hilton Tower splitting Mancunian opinion in particular) yet whilst that particular building has proved divisive, the redevelopment of The People’s History Museum (PHA) has received a far more positive reaction from the public. Manchester has Continue Reading
Walking into this place really is (excuse the cliché) like stepping back in time – providing you can ignore the chrome coffee machine and smoke-less air of course. Housed in a former Georgian House on Cross Street, this Manchester institution first opened as a pub and restaurant by Thomas Studd in 1870. Before 1901, hard Continue Reading