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.

Jorvik reopens in April 2017

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.

Kirsten Simister, curator of art at the Ferens Gallery. Picture: James Hardisty

Six of the best from Hull’s refurbished Ferens Art Gallery

Walking through the Ferens Art Gallery, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has been spent. Closed for 16 months while a £5m restoration project – the biggest in its history – was completed, the walls have been given a lick of paint, the works of art rehung and the cafe and gift shop have received a makeover. However, much of the work has taken place where visitors can’t see.

Open doors: Head guide Shenagh Firth at Chatsworth with a portrait of Duchess Georgiana

Chatsworth with the lid off

For more than 400 years Chatsworth House has stood as a landmark estate within its beautiful landscaped grounds.

Juliette Binoche in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient

In its year as city of culture, a unique honour from Hull for Anthony Minghella

HE CARVED out a glittering career in Hollywood which was responsible for some of the most critically-acclaimed films of recent years before his life was tragically cut short at the age of just 54.

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