I am lucky enough to be a regular user of archives at the British Library, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery. However, some of my greatest discoveries have occurred not at these esteemed institutions, but on eBay. Yes – eBay; the popular auction site that is a tantalising graveyard of junk and stuff. My… Continue reading eBay: The Forgotten Archive?
I was recently lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Haworth, the Yorkshire village which has become an international place of pilgrimage for devotees of its most celebrated daughters, the Brontë sisters. I am a great Brontë fan, so visiting Haworth fulfilled a long-held ambition to see the buildings and landscapes that inspired some… Continue reading A Brontë Pilgrimage
I’m not a fan of music documentaries, but BBC’s Queens of Heartache caught my attention as its subjects are five of my very favourite artists; Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Maria Callas and Janis Joplin. What really piqued my curiosity, however, was what a random grouping of women this is. Wildly different genres, different… Continue reading BBC’s Queens of Heartache: A Response
On this, the day that Mandela is laid to rest, I feel compelled to share the experience I was lucky enough to have on Robben Island, just weeks before his passing. Cape Town, from Robben Island I can’t say I was looking forward to visiting Robben Island. Compared to the sunny beaches and lively bars… Continue reading A Trip to Robben Island
This year the 5th of November marks not only Guy Fawkes Night, but the one hundredth birthday of my favourite actress – Vivien Leigh. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind, 1939 I find that research is often a serendipitous experience. On so many occasions I have been researching someone or something, when another person… Continue reading Vivien Leigh & John Braham’s Lost Theatre