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Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Carving stone in the shadow of Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I’m standing in woodland near Wakefield, mallet in hand, looking at a piece of stone and wondering what on earth I’m supposed to do with it. It’s not your average Saturday: I’m on a stone-carving course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Fashion on the Ration

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at Imperial War Museum North

As I sit and wait for the call to connect with Amanda Mason, the historian behind Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, a new exhibition at The Imperial War Museum North, I wonder what it is about clothing from bygone eras that has piqued our interest.

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People's History Museum

To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

March 26, 2016 Comments Off on To the Banner Born: Inside the People’s History Museum

It’s a banner you wouldn’t want to argue with.

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A cartoon from the museum's exhibition

Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

February 5, 2016 Comments Off on Degenerate Music at the Manchester Jewish Museum

Like many people I have, as they say, a bit of Jewish blood in me. As such, I’ve grown increasingly curious about this part of my heritage.

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Amphora with Peacocks (about 1888-1898) by William De Morgan, painted Halsey Ralph Ricardo

From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

January 31, 2016 Comments Off on From John Ruskin to Grayson Perry, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

A new exhibition in Sheffield brings together old and new artworks to explore the world of John Ruskin. Do modern artists have just as much to say about the role of creating beautiful things as the Victorians did?

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Clog Makers

Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

January 8, 2016 Comments Off on Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Believe it or not but naked clog fighting was a mysterious and illegal sport that existed in Northern mining communities for hundreds of years. Now Gallery Oldham is staging an exhibition examining the myths of the brutal underground ‘purring, clogging or Fighting Wigan Fashion’.

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Royal Exchange © Matthew J Graham, 2013 (2)

Northern Soul’s Top Places to Visit in the North

December 19, 2015 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Top Places to Visit in the North

At Northern Soul, we make no bones about it: we love the North. I mean, we REALLY love it. With that in mind (and mindful about the Christmas spirit), we thought we’d share some of our favourite Northern places with you.

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Turn Sideways in the Wind: Romani Life in Manchester

December 8, 2015 Comments Off on Turn Sideways in the Wind: Romani Life in Manchester

It seems apt that a new, sensitive exhibition exploring the lives of three Romani immigrants should be set in what was the UK’s first free public library.

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Lump salt

A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

November 30, 2015 Comments Off on A Brine Romance: Inside the Lion Salt Works

For many years, I thought I could take it or leave it. It wasn’t something I needed to discuss.

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British POWs captured in Singapore

The Forgotten Camp at St George’s Hall, Liverpool

November 10, 2015 Comments Off on The Forgotten Camp at St George’s Hall, Liverpool

As a wise philosopher once said, ‘I am not a number, I am a free man!’ 

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