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!

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture

The Image of Elizabeth I in Portraiture: myth and reality

Elizabeth I in portraiture

As Elizabeth aged, and it became clear she would neither marry nor have a direct heir, her position became extremely precarious. Her image was increasingly controlled, becoming a tool of propaganda, particularly through the use of symbols to suggest purity, self-sacrifice, youthfulness and indeed immortality.


  • Sandys Row Synagogue, Spitalfields
  • The only Ashkenazi synagogue left in Spitalfields and what a gem! Hidden away in Sandys Row, in the heart of Spitalfield, this 18C building was built for the Calvinist Huguenots, [More…]