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Love, loss and … literature

(6 minute read) From Africa to England – Sean Organ reveals the backstory of the great author J. R. R. Tolkien and considers how much influence it might have had on his writing.

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Magna Carta – a very modern charter

(6 minute read) Edward Kendall finds surprisingly relevant lessons from one of Europe’s greatest historical documents. 

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Lessons of eternity

(6 minute read) Jasmine Jones finds spiritual nourishment for pandemic times in a poem composed over a millennium ago.

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Chinoiserie: turning the mirror of taste on ourselves

(4 minute read) Adam Brocklehurst explores the sometimes problematic relationship between race and style.

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An artistic contribution to the science-religion debate

(5 minute read) Carolyn Morrison re-visits the life, work and beliefs of the celebrated Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus at the National Gallery.

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Can we teach children to be good?

(4 minute read) Maria Patricia Williams examines the many methods teachers have used to encourage positive values in the classroom.

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The bricks of prejudice: a temple to health and inequality in Edwardian England

(6 minute read) Adam Brocklehurst takes a trip to the baths to discover what makes a building great.

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Death of a prince: and now …?

The passing of Prince Philip marks not only the end of an era, but, as Alex Osborn notes, raises important questions about the future of the British Royal Family.

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The Tayside Derby: a game of two halves

(6 minute read)
John-Luke Harris finds a corner of Britain where football fans have learned to disagree without being disagreeable.

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Wisdom from the East (End)

(7 minute read)
The musings of a simple London woman about the arrival of television to post-war Britain teaches Adam Brocklehurst the folly of trying to hold onto the past.

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