Category: Culture

The Great City of London Coffee-house Robberies of 1803

By examining a minor criminal case in the City, I conclusively prove that the past truly is a foreign country

Protests, Petitions & Poverty: The Fellowship Porters’ Chaotic Fall

The centuries-old Fellowship of Free Porters couldn't survive the seismic changes of the Victorian era. I chart its chaotic and tragic collapse mainly through the eyes of newspaper journalists.

James Townsend’s Legacy

Was he a liberal reformer and the first black Lord mayor of London, a figure to be celebrated, or an imperialist unaware of his own ethnicity? Read on to discover why I don't really answer the question.

When constabulary duty’s to be done, to be done …

... it isn't necessarily being done by the Metropolitan Police. Here's a helpful guide to identifying the police force aiding or arresting you.

Trams, Trains, Trolley Buses and Ticket Machines

The Transport Museum in Covent Garden has a forgotten big brother that's well worth a visit by us adults.

Let’s hear it for the rural idylls

It is clear that in the coming weeks visits to the cinema, theatre, museums and art galleries won't be feasible. Time for green destinations to step up to the mark.

Books. Lots of books. Really, mind-boggling amounts.

I am now the proud owner of a reader's pass for the British Library, a truly extraordinary national institution. However, extraordinary national institutions, operate in very strange ways.