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Free Entry to London’s National Trust Properties

One weekend in March, the National Trust is opening up almost all of its buildings to the public free of charge. You need to download a voucher to gain free entry to the buildings, and that then gets you into


Curiouser and curiouser at the British Library

Put actors, Christopher Lee and Michael Sheen on a stage together with writer Will Self and self-confessed Tim Burton luvvie, Mark Salisbury and you have a Wonderland of Alice to enjoy. As part of the round of interviews and publicity


Zainer’s imperfect impressions: 15th century printing methods

In the absence of a Ye Dummies Guide to Mechanical Printing, how do historians study the birth of mass printing methods that emerged from the development of Gutenberg’s movable type printing press? Study the mistakes of course! Despite the justifiable


Book tickets for Trooping the Colour

The annual Trooping the Colour ceremony occurs in June at Horse Guards Parade – and while you can watch it on the telly or parts of it from The Mall, it is much more fun to have a seat within


The 2010 Open Garden Squares Weekend

The details for the gardening version of London Open House Weekend have been announced – where us mere mortals are allowed to wander around those closed off garden squares that act as glorified roundabouts in the posher parts of London


Big Gun on Display at Woolwich

Earlier this week I had an invite to go down to Woolwich to watch a BIG GUN being hoisted into public display. Sadly, unable to attend due to prior engagements such as earning a salary, I missed the chance to


Curiouser and curiouser: The genius of Alice In Wonderland

When checking the British Library for things to add to the events calendar last month, there was a listing for an event on Feb 24th relating to Alice in Wonderland – with a note that “Programme and special guest speakers


Treasures of Lambeth Palace Library Exhibition

It’s looking to be a good summer for fans of old documents, with the maps exhibition at the British Library, and now it has been announced that the Lambeth Palace Library is opening up its collection as well. The library


The annual Towpath Tidy event

The annual Towpath Tidy 2010 is scheduled for 1st to 14th March – where volunteers turn up to help with basic manual labour to clear paths of rubbish or overgrowing plants. Last year, some 1,700 volunteers joined 635 members of


The 728th Trial of the Pyx

Every single year, without exception, since The Year of Our Lord, 1282 – a legal trial has taken place to check the quality of the coinage of the realm. Today – the second Tuesday in February – for the 728th


The Ig Nobel Awards come to London

The Ig Nobel awards – an annual award for real science that seems just a bit weird when you first hear about it – also hosts a series of shows around the UK, and the London tour details have been


Underground Maps Unravelled

This event is being held at Southend on Sea – but I thought it would interest people in London. — An exhibition by Maxwell Roberts Since revolutionising map design in 1933, Henry Beck’s iconic London Underground diagram has set the


It’s “Follow a Museum Day” on Twitter

Twitter, a place where people chat about their latest cup of coffee (guilty!) or hang on the latest comment from tabloid celeb X (not guilty!), also has a more worthy side to it. Quite a few museums have leapt onto


Antique Maps at the British Library

I heard about this earlier in the year, but the formal announcement was made yesterday – there will be another display of maps at the British Library this summer. As a total antique maps geek, with rather too many automated


Free tickets to the LSE’s Literary Festival

Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon tickets will be offered for the forthcoming Literary Festival at the London School of Economics (LSE) near The Strand. Some of the talks look rather good and the full list is below – book tickets via the