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Review: Victorian Music Hall revived at British Library Special

London - At one time music hall was the premier form of entertainment, representing a varied form of 'light entertainment'. The coming of the movie theater saw the eclipse of the tradition, yet in played a key role in British cultural history.

Review: ‘Crimson Peak’ is the epitome of a gothic horror romance Special

‘Crimson Peak’ is Guillermo del Toro’s stunning gothic horror romance that uses a deadly mystery to draw audiences into the Victorian ghost story.

Some things are not so new, including twerking

Oxford - Twerk, the beloved word and provocative dance movement of Miley Cyrus and cohorts, is not so-much as a new invention as pop marketing suggests. The word dates back to the 1820s.

The old and the new in Manchester Special

Manchester - Manchester is England's third largest city, and it holds an important place in history, being the powerhouse of the industrial revolution. Today, the city provides a contrast of Victorian splendor and new developments.

Science journal Nature opens up its archives

Prestigious science journal Nature has opened up its archives. Users will be able to access articles dating back to 1869 from the journal and its sister titles, but cannot copy, print, or download the materials.

Review: Beauty and Whimsy at The Met's Latest Photography Exhibition Special

New York - Photography is front and center the Metropolitan Museum of Art right now, with a showing of the work of English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, best-known for her portraits of Victorian figures including Charles Darwin and Thomas Carlyle.

Irish potato famine pathogen identified

London - Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. The fungus is different to the known types of fungi of today.
 

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A selection of gin related artifacts and bottles
A selection of gin related artifacts and bottles
One of the many rooms in the Grim s dyke hotel
One of the many rooms in the Grim's dyke hotel
Poster for the American stage magician  also known as Carter the Great. Among the highlights of Cart...
Poster for the American stage magician, also known as Carter the Great. Among the highlights of Carter's stage performances were the classic "sawing a woman in half" illusion (an elaborate surgical-themed version with "nurses" in attendance), making a live elephant disappear and "cheating the gallows", where a shrouded Carter would vanish, just as he dropped at the end of a hangman's noose.
Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
Foundation stone for the workhouse (1871) that became the cinema museum
Various items on show at the exhibition  all glorious examples of rare ephemera. Music halls were or...
Various items on show at the exhibition, all glorious examples of rare ephemera. Music halls were originally tavern rooms which provided entertainment, in the form of music and speciality acts; later purposefully built theaters were constructed as the popularity boomed.
Recreation of Dickens  dining room  at the Charles Dickens Museum  London.
Recreation of Dickens' dining room, at the Charles Dickens Museum, London.
An actor introduces one of the spellbindingly magical Grimm Tales.
An actor introduces one of the spellbindingly magical Grimm Tales.
The decor of Gilbert s restaurant is sumptuous  with many pictures from the Victorian era.
The decor of Gilbert's restaurant is sumptuous, with many pictures from the Victorian era.
Foyer of the Grim s dyke hotel
Foyer of the Grim's dyke hotel
Inside the Grim s Dyke hotel  with Victorian magnificence.
Inside the Grim's Dyke hotel, with Victorian magnificence.
A reconstruction of Charles Dickens  writing desk at the Dickens Museum  London.
A reconstruction of Charles Dickens' writing desk at the Dickens Museum, London.
The front of the Grim s dyke manor house
The front of the Grim's dyke manor house
The venue for the whisky tasting  at Grim s Dyke. The house is best known as the home of the dramati...
The venue for the whisky tasting, at Grim's Dyke. The house is best known as the home of the dramatist W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan, who lived and farmed there for the last two decades of his life.
A collection of music hall posters on show. By 1875 there were 375 music halls in Greater London  wh...
A collection of music hall posters on show. By 1875 there were 375 music halls in Greater London, which meant a lot more performers were required, which arguably opened up opportunities for women.
The bedroom of Charles and Emma Darwin  at Down House.
The bedroom of Charles and Emma Darwin, at Down House.
Grim s dyke  view from the back of the house
Grim's dyke, view from the back of the house
Many of the buildings reflect the old Victorian splendor  although they are mainly used for shops an...
Many of the buildings reflect the old Victorian splendor, although they are mainly used for shops and offices.
A reconstruction of a Victorian kitchen at the Charles Dickens Museum  London.
A reconstruction of a Victorian kitchen at the Charles Dickens Museum, London.
Hanbury Manor  as taken from the rear. A large manor house constructed in red brick and with magnifi...
Hanbury Manor, as taken from the rear. A large manor house constructed in red brick and with magnificently large, lead glass windows. This part of the building is circa 1890.
A a Gothic style building designed by Alfred Waterhouse at University of Manchester.
A a Gothic style building designed by Alfred Waterhouse at University of Manchester.

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