History Written by Victors, Losers

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN What on earth is all this preposterous recent denigration of Winston Churchill, who died on this day in 1965? The release of the film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman (excellent by the way) has once again made Churchill ubiquitous across our media. It has been many years since audiences have given spontaneous standing ovations to a film. Fans of the film have … Continue reading History Written by Victors, Losers

Passchendaele Lessons Unheeded

BY MANDY BALDWIN The soldier made of Flanders mud, placed in Trafalgar Square to commemorate Passchendaele is, in my opinion, the most poignant work of war-art ever made. Watch him melt, destroyed by the weather of another wet summer, and to understand the 3rd Battle of Ypres, you hardly need Siegfried Sassoon’s chilling words: “I died in Hell.  They called it Passchendaele.” The First World … Continue reading Passchendaele Lessons Unheeded

In Drake’s Wake

Since 1980 Michael Turner has travelled the world in Sir Francis Drake’s wake and footsteps, recording on slide film virtually all Drake’s movements. Michael’s journeys have resulted in the discovery and verification of Drake’s previously unidentified anchorages and places ashore. Michael’s research forms the first ever pictorial, topographical biography of one of History’s greatest seafarers. Michael has travelled to Panama in search of Drake’s coffin … Continue reading In Drake’s Wake