The Afterlives of the Rich & Famous

A young American’s journey to visit the graves of every U.S. president, vice president, and other notables “Just tweeted this, because it’s ruddy brilliant!” That’s what Sheldon commented on my February 16th Instagram post, which showcased the final resting place of Richard McDonald, co-founder of the McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain. Dick’s urn, nestled in […]

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Blake’s New Headstone

Well this is something special! For years, fans of one of the nation’s greatest creative minds have had to make do with an approximate location of the great man’s final resting place. Thanks to long running efforts from a small band of his most ardent fans and the generation of £30,000 in fundraising, on Sunday […]

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A True Companion

Have you seen the little grave of Carlton Terrace? Carlton Terrace is the site of a long-demolished home of George IV – it was his playboy mansion before he decided to settle for the much larger Buckingham Place (then House), as it was far better suited for his lavish parties. When it was demolished, the […]

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Four Graves for Harvey Milk

To celebrate LGBT History month I’ve asked writers, historians and scientists to write about interesting queer people who now reside in our cemeteries and crematoriums. To start us off, I’m thrilled to have a blog post from Loren Rhoads, author of ‘199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die‘ and ‘Wish You Were Here: Adventures in […]

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Our Top 8 Instagram Posts 2017

As 2017 makes way for 2018, I thought I’d highlight the nine most liked photos from our Instagram account – a lovely mix of photos and history: what’s your favourite? 8. The Biggest Bonsai Tree Did you know the man who created the area called ‘King’s Cross’ in London also created the world’s biggest Bonsai […]

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The Albion Disaster

For a time I worked amongst the glass towers of Canary Wharf, where the history of Docklands tickled my historical fancy. I regularly found myself stalking the exhibits of the Museum of London during my lunch hour and I paid a visit to Tunnel, the Archaeology of Crossrail where I learnt more about a Victorian disaster most […]

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Scar of the Somme

One hundred years ago tomorrow, a terrible event happened that would change the face of British warfare, forever robbing the lives of men and boys, not to mention sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who would never get the chance to be born. This week, we invite Westminster Guide Charlie Foreman of London War Walks  to give […]

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