Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s Grand Tour

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a good costume must be in want of adventure… Halfway through Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, heroine Elizabeth Bennet takes a vacation with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner to the Derbyshire Peaks, home to a certain Mr Darcy. Before visiting the fictional Pemberley, Miss Bennet…

Lost Kitchens at Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace. Thomas Tosier is pounding roasted cacao beans to a paste on a hot granite slab. He is wearing full periwig, breeches and a long waistcoat. The slab has taken an hour and a half to heat up but that’s nothing to the 30-odd hours it will take to grind the beans to…

The Lost Library of Dr John Dee

 Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee 18 Jan-29 July 2016, Royal College of Physicians, free admission   Where do you start with Doctor John Dee? Mathematician, alchemist, magician, astrologer, astronomer, spy, angel-botherer, Dee was a true Elizabethan polymath. From early theatrical leanings, directing student productions at Cambridge with astonishing special effects, to advising…