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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

Lorraine Stoker: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Audio Version Read by Bill Bryant Text Version Rome is a very special place to me and this is a small, perfect jewel in its crown. The Keats-Shelley House on the Spanish Steps in Rome is a museum dedicated to the second-generation English romantic poets who lived in, and were inspired by Italy. The houseRead more

John Ramsey: A Sculpture in Canterbury Cathedral

Audio Version Text Version This sculpture in Canterbury Cathedral was a favourite of George Zarnecki, former librarian of the Conway and Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute. In the latter part of the 20th century, he was a leading authority on sculpture of the Norman or Romanesque period. For his book English Romanesque Sculpture 1066Read more

Alexander Bird: on the Shelley Memorial by Edward Onslow Ford

In 1893, the Shelley Memorial dedicated to the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was formally inaugurated in University College, Oxford. 83 years before, the then student was expelled for “contumaciously refusing to answer questions proposed to [him], and for also repeatedly declining to disavow a publication entitled The Necessity of Atheism”. At the time, thisRead more