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Bishop Auckland: past, present and future

September 27, 2020 No Comments

The train pulls into the station, the driver gets out of the cab and switches ends to take it back to Darlington. It’s only then that I realise we’ve been travelling on a single track railway. Bishop Auckland is the end of the line in so many ways.

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Online exhibition: Talking Sense, The Portico Library, Manchester

March 28, 2020 Comments Off on Online exhibition: Talking Sense, The Portico Library, Manchester

Museums, art galleries and libraries across the North are now off limits to the public, their displays and collections sitting behind locked doors.

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Illustration by Danielle Rhoda for People’s History Museum. 

The national museum of democracy on its tenth anniversary: People’s History Museum

February 14, 2020 Comments Off on The national museum of democracy on its tenth anniversary: People’s History Museum

The UK’s national museum of democracy is 10 years old this week.

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Images by Sean Sutton for Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Review: Walk Without Fear, Mines Advisory Group, Manchester Central Library

September 26, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Walk Without Fear, Mines Advisory Group, Manchester Central Library

A group of kids are playing with a homemade football, fashioned out of plastic bags.

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Review: Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience, York St Mary’s

September 3, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience, York St Mary’s

How often do you go to an art gallery and find yourself bored by the interpretation? The labels on the wall can be awful.

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Peterloo 2019, June-August 2019

Beyond the history: Peterloo exhibitions in Manchester

June 26, 2019 Comments Off on Beyond the history: Peterloo exhibitions in Manchester

This summer Manchester will mark the anniversary of a public pro-democracy demonstration on August 16, 1819, and its now infamous and bloody response from the authorities.

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Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

December 15, 2018 Comments Off on Hotel Review: AC Hotel, Manchester City Centre

The hotel market in central Manchester is hugely competitive with both 3-star and 5-star offerings pretty much closed shops.

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Book review: Irreplaceable – A History of England in 100 Places by Philip Wilkinson

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Book review: Irreplaceable – A History of England in 100 Places by Philip Wilkinson

Historic England’s new book of ‘irreplaceable’ places in England locates a decent proportion of them in the North.

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Book Review – The British Mosque: an architectural and social history by Shahed Saleem

March 26, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review – The British Mosque: an architectural and social history by Shahed Saleem

In the North of England, the chances are you’re closer to a mosque than you think.

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Syria: A Conflict Explored. General view of Syria: Story of a Conflict

Review: Syria: A Conflict Explored, Imperial War Musuem North

February 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Syria: A Conflict Explored, Imperial War Musuem North

It’s unusual to go more than a few days without hearing about the war in Syria, either in the news or as part of an appeal for humanitarian assistance.

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