The Lightner Museum: A Curious Place in St. Augustine

Welcome to the Lightner Museum, a museum in which the architecture and spaces within the building are as interesting as the collection itself. When we planned our trip to St. Augustine in Florida I was so excited to go and have explore this place, because I’m not sure where else you could be viewing nineteenth-century…

Pre-Raphaelites, Dragons and a Cabinet of Curiosity: A Visit to Wallington

Wallington is a beautiful William and Mary period country house in the Northumberland countryside – the house as seen today, including the beautiful big clock tower you walk underneath as you enter the grounds, was largely remodelled by Sir Walter Calverley Blackett, who had inherited the house from his party-loving and debt-ridden uncle, Sir William…

An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection

I realised a couple of weeks ago that, even though I’ve spent plenty of time visiting galleries and museums in London, that I’d never actually been to the Wallace Collection. I have been meaning to go for ages, and decided that, last weekend, I had a free morning in London and it was time to…