Duncan Philips will explore how and why Venice was built and where the materials came from and how those decisions are now impacting on the conservation of the city. Duncan qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor with the Royal Institution and has specialised in listed buildings ever since. He is RICS Building Conservation Accredited and … Continue reading The glory of Venice – triumph & tragedy→
Andrew Negus presents his journey on the Trans Siberian Express and two months in China in 1991. Andrew is a retired history teacher and an around the world backpacker, a Blue badge guide for central southern England and aspires to be a local historian.
David Nield presents an in-depth look at: the honeybee; what goes on inside the hive; pollen and its uniqueness; and problems our bees face and will hopefully overcome. David is a retired naval officer and deputy head teacher in local school. After 25 years beekeeping he still has loads to learn and, yes, still gets … Continue reading A close up look at the incredible honeybee→
Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was Joseph Paxton’s masterpiece, and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed. It dominated the south London skyline for over 80 years until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936. This is its story. … Continue reading The story of Crystal Palace→