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The British Library

The British Library

You might imagine that the British Library was a venerable institution founded by some Georgian or Victorian philanthropist - but you would be wrong. Surprisingly, the British Library was founded in 1973!

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth, Northumberland is the very first bagpipe museum in the UK - featuring over 120 sets of bagpipes from Spain, France, and several other countries.

The Black Rat - gone but not forgotten?

The Black Rat - gone but not forgotten?

The legendary Black Rat, whose rather wonderful Latin name is Rattus rattus, was the agent of the Black Death in Medieval Britain. Consequently, you may be glad to hear that this rodent is now extremely rare - possibly extinct - in this country.

How Whitechapel got its name

How Whitechapel got its name

The name Whitechapel conjures up images of the impoverished East End of Jack the Ripper, rather than a gleaming little church. So how did this name come about? Is the white chapel still there?

Antlions - truly fearsome to find in the sand

Antlions - truly fearsome to find in the sand

Mature antlions look like a cross between a lacewing and a dragonfly. But it is their form at the larval stage that earns them their predatory name. These alarming looking small monsters dig pits in sand to trap the ants that they feed upon.

The Shipping Forecast - a very British tradition

The Shipping Forecast - a very British tradition

The Shipping Forecast is a radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. The unique and distinctive presentation style of these broadcasts has led to their attracting an audience much wider than that directly interested in maritime weather conditions.

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