A carved a career from my childhood brush with a wasp

Growing up in Sandsend in the 1960s, Bridget Bailey spent a lot of her youth beachcombing with her sisters and scouring the nearby North York Moors for fascinating objects. “My two sisters are older than me, so they were always finding better things,” she recalls. “But I loved turning over stones to see what was underneath them – maybe some bits of agate, maybe some sphagnum moss.”

Whale watching off the East Coast, bottle nose dolphin.

Where to spot whales on the Yorkshire coast

Not so long ago, the chance of seeing any species of large whale was something most Britons had to travel abroad for. But that seems to be changing, with rising prospects of sighting several spectacular species off the Yorkshire coast, including minke, humpback and 
sperm, the gargantuan fin whale and regular pods of orcas and smaller dolphins.

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Betty Boothroyd speaks her mind on politics, Yorkshire and making history

Betty Boothroyd’s motto – ‘I speak to serve’ – is as relevant today as it was a quarter of a century ago when the Yorkshirewoman made Parliamentary history.

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Curator Kajal Mehghani with a crown presented to the Prince by the Taluqdars of Auradh in 1876 at the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Souvenirs of a royal grand tour go on display in Bradford

These days a royal tour usually last a week, possibly two. Back in the late 19th century, things were a little different. It was in October 1875 that the Prince of Wales set off on an epic four-month tour, a journey that would see him travel nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea. As he made his way through India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, he shook the hands of more than 90 rulers as he did his best to strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown.

Haytime below Ingleborough

Another country: Carve-up in the Dales and other stories handed through the generations

It was a piece of skulduggery perpetrated by the burghers of Ingleton which happened more than two centuries ago, yet it still rankles. They have long memories in the Dales. It concerned a swathe of land on the slopes of Ingleborough, the table-topped fell that has become the most-climbed summit in Yorkshire. Known as a turbary, this was land on which local people were allowed to cut peat turf to burn in their hearths. Before the industrial revolution peat was the main fuel for domestic cooking and heating in Yorkshire.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Manor from heaven: Inside Britain’s biggest house

It’s spring when thoughts turn to home repairs and redecorating and we groan at the prospect of the upheaval and expense. So, spare a thought for Julie Kenny, who has just totted up the restoration costs for Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, and arrived at £50m. It’s an eye-watering sum but after pulling off the seemingly impossible task of raising the £7m needed to buy the gargantuan grade I-listed property, there is every reason to believe that the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust will achieve its goal of turning it into the “Chatsworth of South Yorkshire”.

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Amy Lord and Rebecca Whitney at work

Our dream job didn’t exist, so we created it

Cut adrift from university, graphic art and design graduates Rebekah Whitney and Amy Lord were temping and trying to keep their spirits up while hunting for a dream job. The search turned out to be pointless as the job they wanted didn’t exist, which is how the imaginative pair came to create a new profession and are now fully-fledged Connoisseurs of Make Believe and joint founders of one of Britain’s most exciting creative agencies.

Melissa Watson looks at the records on sale.

Tables are turned

Record stores – and the people that work in them – have a reputation. Like Championship Vinyl in Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity they are often regarded as a home to music snobs, who look unfavourably on anyone buying a record which has ever troubled the charts.

Looking across to Pen-y-Ghent. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire’s ten best spring walks

Well before the weather turned spring-like butterflies were already on the wing in the Yorkshire Wolds, the first bluebell shoots pushed through woodland floors in Wharfedale and seabirds began returning from the Atlantic to nest on the vertiginous chalk cliffs at Flamborough.

A silver and gold hoard (927 AD) found in the Vale of York in 2007 and acquired jointly by the British Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and Harrogate Museum. Picture: Trustees of the British Museum and York Museums Trust.

Seven best archeological hoards found in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been at the heart of English history for more than 2,000 years and its past and its landscape have been shaped by Roman and Viking invaders, the War of the Roses and the English Civil War.

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Scarborough's beachside tramway

136 years full of ups and downs on Scarborough beach

With a gentle jolt it’s down you go, a vertiginous drop, from the top to the bottom in 34 seconds. The Central Tramway has been operating from St Nicholas Cliff to South Bay seafront for 136 years and while it might offer a practical way to negotiate Scarborough’s ups and downs, it’s also an important slice of the resort’s heritage.

Curator Katie Brown with a Terrys Desert Chocolate Apple from 1926. Picture by Simon Hulme

Sweet mystery of life, tapped and unwrapped in York

Right now in some marketing company or other, the finest minds in advertising will be hard at work devising a new campaign for some new chocolate bar. After hours of blue sky thinking and a few early-morning brainstorming sessions staring at mood boards, chances are they will come up with the exact same formula which has always been used to sell the sweet stuff.


Video: How these pictures brought my Falklands experience into focus

Terence Laheney isn’t one to rewrite history. Sitting in the living room of his North Yorkshire farmhouse when he remembers himself at 21, sailing through the water of the South Atlantic towards the Falkland Islands he says there was just one emotion. “I was excited. We all were. Our ship was the HMS Fearless. A few years earlier it had appeared in the 007 film The Spy Who Loved Me, so there felt like an extra bit of glamour. We weren’t kidding ourselves, we knew that we were going to war, but if I’m honest it felt like one big adventure. We felt invincible.”

Alexis Guntrip and Lucy Allen, arranging Victoria's coronation robes.

Victorian Harewood: Gowns for the crown

Harewood House fares pretty well when it comes to regal credentials. Renowned for its magnificent Robert Adam interiors, it also boasts an impressive range of Thomas Chippendale furniture and a world-class collection of paintings by, among others, JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco. However, recently the stakes have been upped a little.


First prize in the raffle of life: The splendid way we were

Steve Rudd admits that if he was setting up a publishing company today, he wouldn’t necessarily call it the King’s England Press. “It might have potentially unpleasant nuances for some people,” he says. “They might think we’re sitting here in the office wearing brown shirts and saluting each other. All sorts of issues have been raked over by this Brexit malarkey.”

Protest badges from the Sheffield social history collection. Picture: Museums Sheffield

Rebels with an eternal cause: Kicking up a stink in Sheffield

Sheffielders have always enjoyed a good protest. Any excuse for a march, a demo, a public meeting, a bit of banner-waving, slogan-chanting argy-bargy. What do we want? Protest! When do we want it? Now!

Deborah Devonshire and Stella Tennant, Chatsworth, 2006. Picture: Mario Testino

Classic couture: 500 years of Chatsworth fashion

Chatsworth is the kind of place where they like to do things properly. So, when Laura Cavendish, Countess of Burlington, had the idea for an exhibition dedicated to fashion it was never going to just be a few mannequins dressed in half a dozen period costumes.

Lizzie Tulip, a trustee, in York  cemetery

Tulip amid the tombs: the designer cemetery in the heart of York

Garden designer Lizzie Tulip faced her own mortality the first time she was shown around York Cemetery. Afterwards she was asked: “So, then – where do you want your plot?” Lizzie, who is 44, thought that was a bit premature, not that she could think of a better place to end up. She has been a trustee of the York Cemetery Trust for five years, lending her good eye and green fingers to this fine place, and her plan for the cemetery garden is now under way.


Ultramarathons: In it for the long run

Tom Hollins sounds like he’s describing the after-effects of taking mind-altering drugs when he says: “I was hallucinating, having déjà vu. It was night and it was misty so all you could see were the flagstones, and in every single flagstone I’d see a different face...”. In fact he was remembering the last section of the Spine, a non-stop 268-mile foot race along the Pennine Way held each January.

Hannah Bateman and Joseph Taylor in Casanova. Picture: Guy Farrow

Flirty dancing: Stepping out with Casanova

Giacomo Casanova once said that a man can do a lot in 15 minutes. Northern Ballet will have a little longer to tell his life story, but even aside from his exploits as the world’s most famous lover, there is a lot to pack in. Casanova was fluent in eight languages and could write in seven; it was his hand that completed the first translation of the Iliad into modern Italian; he was a recognised expert in cubic geometry; and he set up the first national lottery in France.

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