10 Amazing Aerial Images of England’s Maritime Heritage

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For almost a century, the photographers from the Aerofilms company recorded Britain from the air. Alongside the photographs taken of the great castles and abbeys of the country, the views also recorded industrial and commercial activity – including the docks and ports that were an essential part in maintaining Britain’s place in the world.

In celebration of the publication of his book England’s Maritime Heritage from the Air, author Peter Waller tells us about some of his favourite images.

1. Albert Dock, Liverpool

eaw670571.tif The Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool, 1997. © Historic England Archive, Aerofilms Collection.

One of the most recent photographs in the book –taken in 1997 – this view of the Liverpool Pier head shows three stunning buildings that dominate the river bank at this point. In the foreground is Albert Dock; this area highlights one of the major problems…

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Minstrel Mermaid of a Town: Dylan Thomas and the Festival Of Britain

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International Dylan Thomas Day is celebrated on May 14th, commemorating the life and work of the Welsh poet. To mark this, Andrew Dally of dylanthomasnews.com introduces us to Dylan Thomas’s link to the Festival of Britain.

Dylan_Thomas_Poets_Corner_Westminster_Abbey, The plaque, in memory of Dylan Thomas, laid in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey

In the spring of 1951, at the height of his broadcasting career with the BBC, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was invited to record a talk about the Festival of Britain. Thomas, known for poems such as Do No Go Gentle Into That Good Night,Fern Hill, and And Death Shall Have No Dominion, made over 140 broadcasts for the BBC, culminating in the seminal 1954 recording of his ‘play for voices’, Under Milk Wood, starring Richard Burton. Under Milk Wood was to be Thomas’s final piece for the BBC, only broadcast posthumously following the poet’s untimely death in…

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Ahead of the curve: innovative 19th century curved glasshouse is restored to its former glory

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A rare example of a 19th century curvilinear glasshouse has been restored at the National Trust’s Quarry Bank in Cheshire after a year-long restoration project.

The original Quarry Bank Glasshouse. Credit Quarry Bank Archive.

The 1820s glasshouse was built to supply the owners of Quarry Bank mill, the Greg family, with tender fruit of the time, such as grapes and peaches. Its innovative design and use of modern technology sent a clear message to guests about the Gregs’ financial success and position in society.

Although the conservation charity acquired the 18th century cotton mill in 1939, it was only in 2010 that the kitchen garden was acquired by the Trust. The jewel in the crown of this walled garden was the severely damaged curvilinear glasshouse, a name given to the structure because of its unique curved roof.

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