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The Star of Bethlehem

One of the stellar attractions (pun intended!) of the Birmingham Museum is Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ masterpiece Star of Bethlehem. It is HUGE – at a gob-smacking 101 inches by 152 inches it was the largest water colour of the 19th century (it was painted in 1891). 163 more words


Eleanor & Rosamund: Rivals Shmivals

Okay Ladybirds and Gentlemen Callers, grab yo’ wine and settle in for another intriguing installment of history as interpreted by moi, your crappy-haired-television-obsessed faithful imparter of whimsy and cold hard facts. 780 more words

The Story Behind the Cover Photo

Recently I was asked who designed the cover of the book and where did the photo of the stained glass window originate?

I’m so pleased that many have commented that the cover is striking and that the image of the Templar Knight is inspiring & compelling.  920 more words

Knights Templar

Botticelli's influence on british pre-Raphaelites

In order for us to understand why Sandro Botticelli’s influence is of such relevance that the Uffizi Galleries renovate the Florentine master’s display to accommodate the modern viewers’ experiences, we shall draw a brief overview on the… 949 more words


Heavenly Lights: A life in stained glass

At Shrewsbury Museum at the moment (until January 2017) there is an exhibition of the stained glass of Margaret Rope. Rope, known as ‘Marga’ (1882-1953) is frequently overlooked (I expect most people reading this won’t have heard of her) but she produced a large and wonderful body of work across her long and interesting life. 494 more words


Monday 10 October 2016 - Beatles sites and Sudley House with my brother in Liverpool

I spent a few hours today with my brother, visiting Sudley House (above) before going to see John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes and the gates to the Strawberry Field – a former Salvation Army home and now a prayer centre. 961 more words


The Blind Girl

John Everett Millais (1829-1896) was one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood; a group of artists who were quite revolutionary in their time for both their art and their lifestyles. 827 more words