It is hard not to notice the piles of wood, the shelves stocked full of books, tools, CDs and, of course, the skeletons of the violins themselves. Their simple elegant designs, all curves and decorative flourishes, are not yet finished, but still resemble a work of art even at thisRead More →

The Avro Vulcan is an enduring image of the Cold War era, but it first saw action in the Falklands Conflict. For many years the RAF’s delta-wing jet bombers were the cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, ready at a moment’s notice to fly deep into the Soviet Union carrying BlueRead More →

The genre of film noir has made an indelible impact on cinema, says Josh Stephenson. “I get into my office a little after nine. My hangover follows me in five minutes later. That’s just how it goes. You spend the morning trying to chase it away, but it always catchesRead More →

Northern soul remains one of the most enduring musical movements the UK has ever seen. Something strange happened in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Young men – mainly from working class backgrounds and fresh out of school – descended on northern cities such as Manchester, Blackpool and Wigan forRead More →

The German Tiger I was the most feared battle tank of the Second World War. Its invincibility lay in its big main 8.8cm gun and heavy defensive armour. At a hefty 57 tons the Tiger was a massive machine and weighed more than twice its stablemate the Panzer IV. WhenRead More →