England became a unified state in AD 927 and, since the 15th century, has had a significant impact on the wider world, developing the English language, the Anglican Church, and English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world. Its beautiful and varied countryside is interspersed with quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities including the capital, London.
The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Engla land, which means "land of the Angles". The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages.
Royal support to save Tudor Panels at Chichester Cathedral
Prince Charles is the patron of the new appeal launched to save magnificent Tudor Panel Paintings by local artist Lambert Barnard, in Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex.
The Royal Society celebrates 350 years
A critical moment in the history of modern science is captured in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as the Royal Society marks its 350th anniversary.
To mark the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Society this year a new display at London’s National Portrait Gallery – Science, Religion and Politics: The Royal Society – celebrates a critical moment in the development of modern science. The display of 20 works shows the key figures in the early history of the Royal Society such as Sir Isaac Newton (left), Sir Christopher Wren (centre) and Samuel Pepys (right).
The Royal Society was founded on 28 November 1660 when a dozen men gathered to hear the young Christopher Wren give a lecture on astronomy. In the discussion that followed, they decided to form ‘a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning.’ They drew on the ‘new philosophy’ devised by Sir Francis Bacon to pursue knowledge through the observation of nature, the systematic collection of data and the testing of hypotheses through experiments. Two years later Charles II made it his Royal Society and, in the 350 years since it was founded, its Fellows have been responsible for our understanding of gravity, evolution, the electron, the double helix and the internet and have made a huge contribution to the modern world.
Portraits of more recent fellows of the Royal Society are also currently on display at the Gallery. A portrait of the current President of the Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees by Benjamin Sullivan, and a portrait of President Elect of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse by Jason Brooks can be viewed in the Contemporary Collection Lerner Galleries on the Ground Floor.
Horticultural heaven in Wisley, Surrey
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL Society’s flagship garden at Wisley in Surrey has a calendar of events to tempt all gardening fans.
RHS WISLEY’s CALENDAR of events for late summer and autumn kicks off with their Flower Show on 10-12 September. The stalls and displays include over 90 displays and 40 nurseries and garden trade stands, with many Chelsea or Hampton Court Palace Flower Show gold medal winners.
Chelsea Award winner Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will be showcasing a new variety of Japanese anemone; Lady Emily and Lady Susan; a dusty pink semi double and a two tone pink single, while another Chelsea award winner HW Hyde will be exhibiting a wide selection of pot-grown lilies that were planted in early July and have been grown outside. Varieties include; Lilium leichtlini, Scheherazade and Conca D’or. The National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) will provide a spectacular display of colour and imagination under the theme ‘Floral Fantasy’ in the Floral Art Marquee, and watch out for the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail at Wisley until 30 September.
Then, from 21 to 24 October, the Taste of Autumn Festival returns with apple tastings, food stalls, cooking demonstrations, book signings and more. As part of the Festival, Wisley also welcomes ‘Europom,’ an annual gathering of apple and fruit enthusiasts from across Europe that is held in a different country each year. Vegetable displays will include a stunning showcase of pumpkins and gourds, while the RHS Advisory team will be on hand to offer a whole host of advice on all gardening and how to grow your own.
For more information this fabulous Royal Horticultural Society garden in Surrey and its calendar of events, visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley.
Images: RHS Garden Wisley
Saved art panels go on display to public
Acts of Mercy , four striking allegorical panels by a largely forgotten but highly talented early 20th-century artist, have been saved from London’s demolished Middlesex Hospital. They can now be seen in London’s National Gallery until 17 October.
Nautical glamour by the River Thames
Fans of all things nautical should head to St Katherine’s Docks on the River Thames, London for this year’s Thames Revival. The festival takes place on the weekend of 11 to 12 September and celebrates vintage glamour, classic boats and the golden days of sailing.
St Katherine’s Docks, in the shadow of Tower Bridge, will welcome over fifty classic boats, including vintage Oyster Smacks, Thames Barges, Oxford and Cambridge boats and classic yachts.
Sailors and visitors will come dressed in classic sailing costume matching the era of their boat. Throughout the day, live swing and jazz bands will play and you can have a go at old-fashioned deck games such as shuffleboard, watch ‘Row of War’ in the Centre Basin and learn boat-building skills. The bar, run by Bourne and Hollingsworth, will serve signature classic cocktails and champagne, and there’ll be real ales straight out of the Shepherd Neame Victorian Thames Barge anchored nearby. Food will include a hog roast, sausage sarnies, and afternoon tea.
The Thames Revival is part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival, an exciting mix of arts, spectacle and entertainment, all focused around the River Thames each September. There’s street arts, performance, carnival, pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, exhibitions, river events, massed choirs, circus, music and dance, food and feasting. The finale is a magical illuminated Night Procession that winds along the north and south banks of the Thames, followed by a fireworks display fired from the centre of the river itself.
|A riverside feast in the The Mayor’s Thames Festival|