Water House, former home of William Morris

historic houses of walthamstow

Walthamstow’s residential streets are lined with Victorian and 20th century housing, making it difficult to imagine the area as the rural countryside it once was. From the 17th century this quiet corner of Essex became increasingly popular with wealthy city merchants and businessmen who built large mansions with spacious gardens Read more…

St Nicolas Place, Kings Norton Green, Birmingham

birmingham house museums

Birmingham house museums need you! I am one of the expert house historian co-hosts for #HouseHistoryHour, a weekly focus on house history themes on Twitter (follow @HouseHistoryHr and come join in the chat and discussion every Thursday at 7pm!). On 25 June 2020 we focused on the UK’s house museums, Read more…

hello!

What to write as a first blog post…? Eight years after setting up a blog The Past and the Curious, and doing exactly zero blogging, I am hopping on the blog train again. Whilst undertaking oh so many varied and absorbing research commissions over the years I have happened upon Read more…