Archive for the ‘Historic Houses’ Category

Pitzhanger Manor

In Gardens and Parks, Historic Houses on July 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I have recently moved from Greenford (without once visiting its only Museum, but I do intend to rectify that ASAP) and now find myself in Northfields. Beautiful location under the Heathrow flightpath in a former asylum/ orphanage. It is also, however, within reasonable walking distance from many of Ealing’s leafy green parks, several of whom have museums tucked up in them. Today I wandered through Walpole Park, and into Pitzhanger Manor.

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Dr Johnson’s House

In Historic Houses on May 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

A few weeks ago, I took a rather detailed trip to visit the house of Dr Samuel Johnson, wit, lexicographer, and by all accounts, total dude.

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Freud Museum

In Historic Houses on December 6, 2011 at 12:03 am

Saturday afternoons really aren’t ideal for an abstract history of psychoanalysis, but when you’re working full time you have to be a bit flexible with your weekends…

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Charles Dickens Museum

In Historic Houses on November 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

Bloomsbury is a bit of a museum hub, but there again, what bit of London isn’t? I decided to venture off the beaten track a little this week though, and paid a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum.

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Geffrye Museum

In Historic Houses, Museums on November 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Geffrye is a pretty weird way to spell Geoffrey. Or Jeffrey. In fact, when talking about it to a former boss (noted museum academic and a Professor) I pronounced it incorrectly, making me look like queen of the morons, and I’ve never forgiven the Geffrye for this. That said, I’m going to try and be objective about my recent visit…

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Dinefwr Park and Newton House

In Historic Houses on November 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo, West Wales, is home to both Dinefwr Castle and Newton House, and is operated by the National Trust.

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Wildboys and Westwood

In Historic Houses on October 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Aaaaand after a stressful few months of thesis-writing and kicking the jetlag (well, a couple of weeks kicking the jetlag at least), we’re back and we’re in London for what I think is the greatest temporary exhibition the world has ever seen.

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A Crappy Tourguiding Masterclass (in a very un-crappy house)

In Historic Houses on June 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

This was a real surprise, and I’m hoping to go back if I’m honest. The Anderson House (also known as the HQ of the Society of the Cincinnati) is on Massachusetts Avenue, the former millionaire’s row, which is absolutely an apt place for it to be. It is INSANE.

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Woodrow’s Row House

In Historic Houses on June 19, 2011 at 4:59 am

Unbelievably (and as long as you don’t count that house at the end of Pennsylvania that’s, you know, white), the Woodrow Wilson house is actually the ONLY Presidential house museum in DC! Gotta get me some of that.

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The other Belmont house…

In Historic Houses on June 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

As you know, I’m workingat the Perry Belmont House in DC at the moment (updates to follow, by the way), but there exists another, not entirely unrelated Belmont House down on Capitol Hill: the Sewall Belmont House.

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