My job gives me the privilege of being out and about every day in London.

Whether leading a walk, visiting a museum or gallery, or just enjoying the city's bustle or its quiet spaces, there's always something new to see, something interesting going on.

In my blog, I seek to reflect the ever-changing patterns of life in the greatest City on Earth!

Huguenot silk weavers and the age of elegance

The 18th century is often described as the age of elegance – in dress, etiquette, furniture, ceramics and silver. And the Huguenot craftsmen – goldsmiths, silk weavers, designers played a [More…]

The Art of Snow & Ice: how artists transformed the winter landscape

The Art of Snow and Ice: how artists transformed the winter landscape The bleak midwinter held little appeal to the artist for many centuries until Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow. [More…]

The Mortlake Tapestries

Enjoying a relatively brief existence, the tapestry manufactory was set up in 1619 by James I and supported by the patronage of Charles I. In its heyday, lavish sums were [More…]

Huguenot Silk Weavers: from riches to rags

The Huguenots of Spitalfields festival is running from 8 April to 21 April and is set to be a f antastic hit.  walks, talks, visits, demonstrations of weaving, it’s an [More…]

Unsaintly Saints

Unsaintly Saints: strange paths to martyrdom Beyond the roll-call of saints and their attributes familiar to us all, there is a wealth of others whose lives were eccentric to say [More…]

The Story of Abraham Tapestries

The ‘Story of Abraham’ Tapestries at Hampton Court Palace: making and meaning Some of the most sumptuous tapestries of 16C & commissioned by Henry VIII himself, each tapestry contains a [More…]

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture: myth and reality As Elizabeth aged, and it became clear she would neither marry nor have a direct heir, her position became extremely [More…]

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields

The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields Welcomed at first with open arms and bringing luxury skills, the Huguenots’ fortunes fluctuated wildly. I talk about their early 18th-century houses that still [More…]

The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots

The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots As silk weavers, goldsmiths, clock and watch makers, opticians, bankers, gilders, ironworkers and horticulturists the Huguenots made an extraordinary contribution to English craftsmanship. Names [More…]

Tea, Coffee and the English Social Revolution

Tea, Coffee and the English Social Revolution The introduction of these new drinks ushered in a cultural revolution. If you could afford the tea, you could afford the luxurious silver [More…]