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.”

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.

The portrait of 
JK Rawling is placed on the wall

Harry Potter and the art show where the eggs follow you around the room

A PORTRAIT it may be, but unlike the Mona Lisa it’s not the eyes that follow you around the room, it’s the boiled eggs.

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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!

Twiggy modelled for Marks & Spencer back in the 1960s, as this image on show at the M&S Marks in Time exhibition demonstrates.

Win tickets to see Twiggy celebrate M&S archive at birthday chat show event

Fashion legend Twiggy will lead the celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of Marks & Spencer’s Company Archive in Leeds next month by hosting a special one-off chat show style event.

The Vikings have returned to Jorvik.

Culture clash as Viking life is relived in 21st century York

IT IS a clash of cultures like no other: the “Great Heathen Army” of Danish warriors who built a fortress in Viking York are being brought back to virtual life as a 21st century “national centre of excellence”.

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Geraldine Pilgrim alongside some 1910 Midland carraiges at the National Railway Museum in York.

Why the trains in York are murder these days

As a station announcer might say: “The train now standing at Platform Five is a new departure for York’s National Railway Museum.” The reason? It’s the scene of a fictional murder.

A young sea lion throws a starfish at Luis Javier Sandoval who won the Impressions category.

A stolen moment in time

If ever there was proof of just how difficult wildlife photography is, it’s Tim Laman’s bird’s eye view of a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest. Entitled Entwined Lives, it’s a beautifully poignant shot and one that would never have happened had the American photographer not spent several days scaling a 90ft high tree in order to attach GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. The orangutan population is in crisis and the image was the deserved overall winner of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Heather Jakubiak with a Kodak vest pocket camera from WWI  at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Picture: Tony Johnson

Shot in a second, remembered forever: Images that showed Britain to itself

THEY ARE mere moments frozen in time, but their impact is indelible.

New Exhibition Caught in the Russian Revolution at the Parkinson Building, Leeds..Curator Richard Davies is pictured with a portrait of Reverend Lombard at the Exhibition.22nd February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Finding moments of beauty in the horrors of history

It was one of the most turbulent periods in modern history and an exhibition of personal and previously unseen material, which will be of national interest, is opening in Yorkshire.

David Hockney in his home city of Bradford, February 1970

So, just who is the real David Hockney?

There’s a story Christopher Simon Sykes likes to tell about David Hockney. It was the early 1960s and, having just graduated from the Royal College of Art, he moved into a new flat where the bedroom also doubled as his studio. At the end of the small bed, which was squeezed into a corner, was a chest of drawers. “David painted a message rather carefully on the chest of drawers,” says Sykes, who secured unprecedented access to Hockney’s archive, notebooks and paintings to write a two-volume biography of the Bradford-born artist. “It said in large capital letters GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY. As he said: ‘The first thing I saw every morning when I woke up was the sign, and not only did I read the sign but I remembered that I had wasted two hours painting it, so I jumped out of bed’.”

Commemorated in clay

Fired up females with feet (and hands) of clay

The decorative plate depicting punk singer Vi Subversa in clashing red, green and orange looks suitably kick-ass, especially compared with her more serious neighbour Emmeline Pankhurst, also celebrated in ceramic alongside an elegant bust of Jane Austen. They are a mixed bunch, which is exactly what Katch Skinner wanted when she asked family, friends and Facebook followers which great British women she should commemorate in clay.

Natalie Stapleton at McNair. Picture: With Love Project

The inside story on the shirt it took a town to make

Archimedes famously had his Eureka moment in the bath. Richard Hamshire has his on a French ski slope looking at an old pair of gloves.


Royal seal of approval as Charles and Camilla play Game of thrones in Hull

IT’S HAD already won plenty of plaudits but Hull’s tenure as City of Culture now has the Royal seal of approval.

The Arrival of Spring Exhibition by artist David Hockney. Picture by Simon Hulme

Sir Titus’s time warp: 15 years of world acclaim for Saltaire

In December 2001 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation determined that Saltaire had the same conservational significance as Stonehenge, the centre of Rome and the Taj Mahal. It was decision that caused a few raised eyebrows, but only among those who had never visited the model industrial village built in the historic textile heart of West Yorkshire.

A Jane Austen exhibition will mark the 200th anniversary of the author's death

Reader, I rewrote it: Jane Austen’s alternative ending to Persuasion

FOR A writer whose name was scarcely known in her lifetime, it could hardly be a more suitable tribute.

Trustee Dave Rogerson with the Doncaster Grammar School collection of rare rail artefacts. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Railways in its DNA: Doncaster goes back to the future

IT WAS the last word in teenage railway clubs. While other schoolboys had to content themselves with marshalling the engines on a Hornby set, they had the real thing.


Shots in the dark over Yorkshire’s skies

The sweeping panorama from Sutton Bank, fishing boats bobbing in Whitby harbour, Swaledale hay meadows ablaze with colour – we all have our idea of that special Yorkshire view, the one that really sums up all the county has to offer. But our favourite landscapes share one thing in common. Most of us imagine them bathed in glorious sunshine, far less obscured by approaching dusk – and those are the images captured by photographers for countless greetings cards, calendars and coffee table books.

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The Kirkgate exhibit at York Castle Museum

Dick Turpin’s old haunt in York in line for a makeover

IT WAS the one place in York no-one wanted to see the inside of: a collection of prison buildings housing women, debtors and, at one stage, the highwayman Dick Turpin.

Dr Lee Tsang at Hull University.
 Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull’s unlikely musical genius

Ethel Leginska was reckoned one of the greatest pianists of her day. She wowed audiences with her dazzling playing and charisma. “Leginska Held Her Audience Spellbound” was a typical headline.

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