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Lauren Piko-University of Melbourne

“…there was little about Milton Keynes that seemed unusual…”

For the latest in my series about urban historians at work today, I speak to the University of Melbourne’s Lauren Piko about her interest in Milton Keynes; and what the much maligned the new town can teach us today.

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Urban History

The Weapon (1956)

Decent British thriller produced by American company Republic Pictures on location in London starring hard man Steve Cochran and husky-voiced siren Lizabeth Scott. She’s the widowed mother of little Jon Whiteley (you’ll remember him from Moonfleet and The Spanish Gardener) who accidentally shoots another boy with what they presume is a toy gun. 178 more words


Otto Saumarez-Smith - Lincoln College, Oxford

“The architecture of the post-war period was a mixture of the humane, the beautiful, the banal, and the catastrophic.”

The latest post in my series about urban historians at work today…

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Urban History

Exhibition visit: John Piper and John Bratby, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

The beachfront Jerwood Gallery, which sits among black-painted, newly renovated fishing huts in the rapidly gentrifying seaside town of Hastings, is currently showing two very different exhibitions by two twentieth century artists. 575 more words

Masculinity in the 1950's

Every American knows that life was considerably different before and after World War II. With the emergence and growing popularity of new technologies the American home was increasingly filled with items such as televisions, refrigerators, and canned goods. 251 more words


Visit to Harlow 'Sculpture Town'

The work of Pictures for Schools contributing artists Gerda Rubinstein, Betty Rea and Elisabeth Frink in situ, outside the civic centre, in Harlow Old Town, and in the extensive Gibberd Garden, created by Frederick Gibberd, designer of the New Town, on the outskirts of Harlow.

Sorting Stories: Cinderella

This blog was originally posted on the LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) website

Last Friday was rough. For a lot of reasons. Just a rough day. 804 more words

Fairy Tales