2017 is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The Queer Cabinet Brigade placed pink cabinets across London in November last year as part of their campaigning for an LGBT history museum in London, but no museum has emerged. It's not all bad news though for queer history - … Continue reading Queer History: LGBT exhibitions in London, summer 2017
There are hundreds of cities in the UK, yet London, Oxford and Edinburgh receive the majority of the tourists. On your next trip to Blighty (or for anyone already living here), try something a bit off the beaten path - Hull Minster, the largest parish church in England. What is a parish church? Christianity arrived … Continue reading Visiting the largest parish church in England
There are countless historical destinations in Europe to choose between when planning your travels. Anyone who lives here is gifted with easy access to thousands of museums, castles, palaces, fortresses and monuments covering millennia of European history. Anyone outside of Europe usually makes a point to visit at least a few of these (in between, … Continue reading My top ten historical destinations in Europe
Museums are places of learning. You get a glimpse into past lives to discover what was normality for so many people who came before us. Science, history, art; the essence of human civilisation. But the very best museums step beyond just artefacts to make you feel. They make you understand what it is to be … Continue reading Is Te Papa the best museum in New Zealand?
On my second day in New Zealand, I headed east and successfully navigated to Auckland War Memorial Museum, in the middle of Auckland Domain (a park with sweeping green lawns). It's highly impressive from the outside, reminding me of Washington DC's Capitol building, although I was somewhat regretful at having to step out of the … Continue reading Review: Auckland War Memorial Museum
Bletchley Park - the home of British codebreakers who cracked the enigma machine in World War II. As both a history and computer nerd, I've been wanting to go for a while. After watching The Imitation Game and Hidden Figures, I finally got round to organising a visit as the March / April destination for my 'explore the UK' … Continue reading Review: Bletchley Park
I love musical theatre. I first went to see a show (Beauty and the Beast) when I was about 8 and have been a regular attendee ever since. Whenever I visit New York I make sure I see at least one show, normally through discounted tickets. Over three trips I have been to see: Billy … Continue reading DIY Broadway Tour: A musical day in New York