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Lorraine Stoker: The Hop Exchange

Audio Version Read by Celia Cockburn Text Version The Hop Exchange is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the South Bank/ Southwark area. In fact, Southwark was for centuries associated with hops, breweries and coaching inns with the local area being the centre of London’s brewing industry. All road traffic from Kent,Read more

Alessandro Torresi: Wanderers / wonderers through the Roman night

At night, when people fall asleep, the city wakes up and starts to live. And this is particularly true for Roma. There is something mystical about this eternal city which seems to transcend the reality we live in. Only at night, when the streets get empty and there are no tourists wandering through the narrowRead more

Ben Britton: Building Independence – the Kenyan Parliament

Audio version Text version Anthony Kersting’s photographs of the Parliament Buildings in Nairobi illustrate, rather neatly, the contrast between the two stages of its design. The first section, built in 1957, was commissioned by the colonial government, whilst the second was completed, by the same architect, following the country’s independence in 1963. The architect inRead more

Surya Bowyer: 9,763 Red Boxes

Audio version Read by Christopher Williams. Text version   It begins with a box. Not a large or particularly remarkable box. Similar in size and shape to a foolscap box file. But different: an ever-so-slightly curved spine, a coarse fabric exterior. Actually, it begins before the box. Walk down a spiral staircase and then alongRead more

Alessandro Torresi: Craco and the fascination for the abandoned

I was 16 years old when I moved to my current house on the hill in Marsicovetere, Italy. I remember that the first thing I did, after throwing my stuff on the bed, was to put on a pair of comfortable shoes to reach the tiny, abandoned stone house I could see from my terrace.Read more

Lorraine Stoker: London Life – Beatniks and Barefoot Girls in Trafalgar Square

Audio version Read by Celia Cockburn. Text version As a child, growing up in a socialist household with a trade union activist as a parent, the 1960s were full of London marches and meetings. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and anti-Vietnam War causes were high on the list of mid-week and weekend activities –Read more

Muny Morgan: Stepping Back in Mind, South East Asia

Audio version Read by Tianyu. Text version Looking at Anthony Kersting images from the Conway Library at first glance took me back to my youth. It’s fascinating how a photograph – familiar or unfamiliar – can conjure up images of your experiences from a period in your life. It might do so directly – capturing aRead more

Lorraine Stoker: Kersting – Nassau – Bahamas – Chelsea Pottery

Audio version Read by Anne Hutchings Text version The mix of European sculpture such as a George and the dragon sculpture and a European bust, alongside a young Bahamian apprentice, busy glazing a plate, piqued my interest. Kersting’s hand-written note on the back of the photograph reads Nassau, Bahamas and Chelsea Pottery. To put theRead more

Layers Of London Highlights: Records By Emily Redfield

Introduction by Fran Allfrey, volunteer officer You can now find over 100 photographs from the Conway Library on Layers of London. Layers of London is a fantastic resource and website run by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. In brief, Layers of London allows you to pin photographs into a digital map ofRead more

John Ramsey: Castle Howard

Audio Version Text Version In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited two friends, Charles and Sebastian, lounge in the colonnade of Brideshead Castle, the stately home of Sebastian’s family. They have just come down from their first year at Oxford. It is a peerless summer’s day. Charles is sketching an ornamental fountain. Referring to the mainRead more