A Pocketful of Rye

The sleepy hilltop town of Rye looks almost chokingly picturesque. Chocolate-box-charming, the cobbled streets, half-timbered cottages, elegant Georgian town houses, olde-worlde shops and Norman church are steeped in bucolic Englishness and sugar-coated nostalgia. Hard to imagine this land-locked paradise was once the bad boy of the southern realm; the 18th century smuggling capital of England….

Hudson’s Heritage Inspiration

Hudson’s is one of the best-known directories of interesting heritage things to visit; it’s hardly surprising that winning one of their coveted Heritage Awards is a big deal. The ceremony, held at Goldsmith’s Hall in the City, is always a glittering affair. Yesterday’s was enlivened by the always delightfully rambling Dan Cruikshank, whose focus on world…

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…