Exploring Coats of Arms

When i’m not studying National Heritage and History I moonlight as a storyteller and one half of a writing team with Kevin Brooke published Children’s author from Worcestershire. This weekend as part of World Heritage Day [19-20 September] we were invited to Harlebury Castle to make some stories about their history and preform them toContinue reading “Exploring Coats of Arms”

Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder

‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. Poole explains the historical background of a single public hanging. A case from 1772, when William Keeley was found guilty of murdering Joseph Dyer after spotting him flashing hisContinue reading “Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder”

Falconry in the Wind

“Why don’t you take your birds to shows?” she asked me. Falconry is actually not displaying birds at shows. The obvious problem with falconry as a display is that these birds are trained to chase down and kill small things, often other birds. So, if James was actually to fly his best bird the firstContinue reading “Falconry in the Wind”

Hartlebury Castle (The Bishop’s Palace)

The land that Hartlebury Castle sits on was granted to the Bishop of Worcester by King Burghred in the late 9th century, although the foundations of the building that now stands here are believed to date back to the 13th century.  Since the 12th century, it has been a centre of ecclesiastical and administrative powerContinue reading “Hartlebury Castle (The Bishop’s Palace)”

BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL 2018

For many people the Bristol Harbour festival is an opportunity to celebrate the heart of the beautiful city, and the harbour itself. In 1802, famous architect William Jessop proposed installing a dam and lock at Hotwells to create the floating harbour and a £530,000 scheme was approved by Parliament. Construction began in May 1804 andContinue reading “BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL 2018”

Travel journal

An Oxford education A captured and stolen history can be found in Oxford. Its museums, galleries and universities; pool, collate, and collect culture. Its own British Empire heritage and that of its once discovered or conquered limits. All boxed and viewed in glass. It holds it up showing it off and in its own wayContinue reading “Travel journal”

Journal entry artist date.

Malvern Moments “Even if you start the day late, don’t give up on it.” More of my wise grandad’s advice. When applied to my life the advice becomes punchier. More like – NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER SURENDER! My son Joshua had a melt down before I even got to the alarm clock to turn offContinue reading “Journal entry artist date.”

4 hours Wyre-ed

   Took a long autumn walk today for my 4 hours Artist Date. The Wyre Forest is so beautiful in the early morning light. Which also provided some interesting shots and solitary moments. We love bringing our children to Wyre Forest. We’ve visited a number of times and thoroughly enjoyed the forest walks on bothContinue reading “4 hours Wyre-ed”