Perhaps the UK’s oldest recycled Christmas tree

Originally planted by the festively monikered Head Gardener of Wrest Park, Seward Snow in 1856, the Sequoia Gigantea was brought into the conservatory … [Read more...]





Susanna ‘Suky’ Trevelyan and Charlotte Walpole, side by side

Two paintings, nearly 250 years old and almost identical in content, are set to be displayed together for the first time in an exhibition at the … [Read more...]





The bells of Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral boasts a peal of 12 bells, but it hasn't always been this way. When the diocese of Carlisle was founded in 1133, the Augustinian … [Read more...]





Decorative textiles through the ages

A series of demonstrations and workshops highlighting techniques and materials used to create essential and decorative textiles through the ages, is … [Read more...]





Heritage Crafts Association conference 2011

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) spring conference will feature an impressive line-up of speakers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in … [Read more...]





Goldwork Embroidery

We were asked to find out about this strange embroidery on an old purse, using metal wire. This picture was sent to us by the lady with the … [Read more...]





Practice safe knitting

We recently came across this brand of Durex knitting needles and just had to share it. The needles were passed to us by one of our readers who … [Read more...]





Heritage Crafts Association

Traditional crafts and heritage industries now have a champion in the form of the Heritage Crafts Association. Officially launched today,  the … [Read more...]





The Cursing Stone – Carlisle

Since the installation of the 'Cursing Stone' in Carlisle it has become the focus for many things going wrong or for events of biblical magnitude in … [Read more...]





Josefina de Vasconcellos – in Cartmel

Cartmel is a small village in South Cumbria, with it's own racecourse, a large school and in places narrow winding streets in South … [Read more...]