Temple Works is a one-off. Its construction as a flax mill in 1840 must have made a powerful statement about Leeds' status as global pioneer of industry. At the time it was said to be the "largest single room in the world," with innovative air conditioning under the floor and sheep grazing on a grass-covered … Continue reading Help, our industrial heritage is falling down!
"I have got the Drawing for Your Arms in the Pediment done to a quarter of the size, shall order it to be such next week" - Robert Adam in letter to Sir Rowland Winn, owner of Nostell Priory, 1774 Now that's what I call unfinished.
Working for a company in a rapidly changing industry, it's easy to overlook the contributions of the team members who deliver the goods day-in day-out. It's important that these unsung heroes are recognised, and their milestones marked. So when my coworkers spotted that the office coffee machine was approaching its 100,000th drink they decided it … Continue reading The unsung office hero
At the weekend we went north to the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, the highlight of which is James Cox's Silver Swan automaton. Made in 1773, it was nearly 100 when Mark Twain wrote: ‘I watched the Silver Swan, which had a living grace about his movement and a living intelligence in his eyes - … Continue reading The Silver Swan
Greetings from 2008! I'm really pleased you've picked the Early 21st Century Social History module this term. You're going to love it. But before you dive into the wealth of primary evidence we've left on the net, there's something we need you to understand. We know it doesn't look good, but we weren't really shallow … Continue reading Note to future historians: We know it doesn’t look good, but we weren’t really shallow time-wasters in the Noughties
"But daddy, if people didn't have computers, how did they buy things from the internet?" It's amazing how something we've come to take for granted hangs from such a fragile thread. As part of a new product trial for my employer, we recently had a visit from two very helpful telecoms engineers who checked out … Continue reading Thomas A. Watson Ate My Internet
In the graveyard of St Mary's Church, Whitby, we came across this unexpected result of the interplay between people and the elements. I love the idea that for some reason, after this tombstone was carved, they needed to change it. Maybe extra family members were added the original words wore away and had to be … Continue reading Only the afterthought remains