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Lichfield Cathedral MAY 2016

A Journey of Discovery

One thousand three hundred years ago Lichfield Cathedral stood at the centre of the Kingdom of Mercia; it stands still, spires reaching into the sky, at the heart of England, an abiding symbol of the impact Christianity has had on our heritage.  

This is a cathedral that has developed organically, shaped by history, conflict and people, growing and changing as the world around it grew and changed. The cathedral’s proud history began in 669 with St Chad’s anointment as Bishop of Mercia; it survived the damage and iconoclasm of the bloody English Civil War; and was restored to medieval glory in the nineteenth century by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Testament to this complex story is the Head Chapel, built to house the mummified head of St Chad; and the vibrant scarlet and shining white roses, symbolising the blood sacrifice of Christ and the virtue of the Virgin.

Written by Dr Jonathan Foyle, an architectural historian and broadcaster this gloriously illustrated book follows on from his two previous studies of English cathedrals, Lincoln and Canterbury. He is the perfect guide to an extraordinary monument, bringing the history to life with clear, beautiful prose. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Britain’s great medieval architecture, or the rich history of Britain’s magnificent cathedrals.  

Launch of 'Bill Jacklin's New York' MAY 2016

Tuesday 24th May, Rizzoli's Bookstore

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 24th May, we will be celebrating the launch of Bill Jacklin’s New York at Rizzoli bookstore, New York.

Come and join us for a conversation with Bill Jacklin and Sting, two Englishmen in New York, as they discuss the city they have made their home. There will be a musical toast by Sting and a book signing to conclude. 



Museum of the History of Science MAY 2016

The History of Humanity's Quest to Understand the World Around Them

Throughout history, people have sought to understand the world around them. Science has always been a part of us: the practice of taking things apart, putting them together again, to see how they work and to see how they can be made to work better. 

On our constant quest for knowledge we have invented and discovered a parade of instruments, from the compass to the microscope. The strikingly lovely seventeenth-century ‘Old Ashmolean Building’ on Broad Street, Oxford, houses one of the planet’s finest collections of scientific devices from Europe and the Islamic world. Together with a remarkable range of material from the eighteenth century to the present day, these artefacts offer an intriguing insight into ingenuity and creativity, and tell amazing stories of human scientific endeavour in a wider cultural and social context. Centrepieces include the blackboard on which Albert Einstein worked out the theory of relativity, glorious astrolabes, Roman handheld sundials, drawers choc-a-block with bird eggs and an ostentatious microscope designed for King George III.
In the latest addition to the popular Director’s Choice series, Silke Ackermann – the first ever female museum director at the University of Oxford – hand-picks her favourite items and provides an intimate, idiosyncratic guide to a singular collection