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Derbyshire cotton mills

A visit to the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire is a chance to see some of the most important sites in the early Industrial Revolution. Less well known than Manchester, this area was arguably more important for the development of cotton … Continue reading

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The Great British Sailor Suit

Sailor suits for little boys were the first democratic fashion – easy to make and easy to wear, with no stiff collars or fussy fastenings. They were mass-produced in British factories from 1870 onwards, and became the default outfit for … Continue reading

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The Songs of Milne on Radio 4

I was interviewed by the pianist John Kember for a Radio 4 programme (aired 19 June 2012) about the songs made from AA Milne’s children’s┬áverses by the composer Harold Fraser-Simpson. This was a thought-provoking exercise which got me pondering how … Continue reading

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