Posts by venue: Social History

Beware the servants

As readers of murder mysteries well know, when a body is found in a large country house it’s usually the butler that did it. While this is just a crime fiction cliché, research that I recently carried out at North… Read more

Newcastle and the River Tyne in 1895: Bridges and Ships

This magnificent panorama shows Newcastle in 1895, at the height of the city’s industrial development. Hundreds of ships left the Tyne every month for destinations in Britain, Europe and America. Newcastle dominated the British coal trade and its shipyards built… Read more

A teaspoon of history: the evolution of British cookery books

I am so excited for our upcoming event, Time Kitchen (Wed. Feb 22nd) to nibble delicious historic dishes and learn more about ancient recipes! This event has inspired me to look into the history of cookery books, and the recipes in our… Read more

A Victorian Christmas

Discovery Museum is all decked out for Christmas, and it inspired me to look into some of our most common Christmas traditions and where (and when!)  they came from. In Britain, our Christmas traditions are so closely linked with the… Read more

My Top 10 Pincushions (part 2) – A Guest Blog by Zoe-Marie Dobbs

Read part 1 for an introduction and numbers 10-6 From the Elizabethan Age until the 19th Century, the pincushion was seen as an essential element of a woman’s boudoir with a beautiful, decorative cushion needed to house her large collection… Read more