Animal Prints from the British Museum
A rampaging elephant, a giant fish, an amorous goat and a monstrous pig are some of the fabled creatures featured in this collection of British Museum prints from the 15th to the early 19th century. The prints, which include woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Goya, Stubbs and Bewick, are accompanied by insightful commentary on the history and symbolism of the depicted beasts.
From the Marches to the Sea
A Photographic Journey
From Hergest Ridge and Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border near Leominster to Radnor Forest, the Elan Valley, the Vale of Rheidol and on to Cardigan Bay, this photographic journey moves westward through rolling fields, woods and rocky heather-covered high ground, past waterfalls and down slate scree slopes to the dramatic coastline. John Rux-Burton's portfolio includes studies of light and movement and explorations of details of nature and the landscape as well as grand panoramas.
The House of a Corvedale Parish
The rural parish of Diddlebury lies in the valley of the river Corfe, to the east of Wenlock Edge. Martin Speight, who has lived there for more than 20 years, presents his research into the area’s history, from the earliest evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement to the 21st century. Following a thematic approach, he highlights the development of Diddlebury’s estates and the frequent tensions between rector, schoolmaster and major landowners.
Chronicles of the Worcestershire Home Guard
Though the immediate danger of invasion receded after 1941, the Home Guard was only disbanded in 1945 and revived again in the 1950s as the perceived threat from Russia intensified. This local history examines the evolution of the Home Guard units in Worcestershire, profiling some of the key characters, charting the developing structure of the organization and the increasing professionalism of the volunteers, and describing some of the incidents in which they were involved.
For nearly 4,000 years Egyptians skilfully embalmed both human and animal bodies in accordance with beliefs about their destiny in the afterlife; many mummies are still so well preserved that we can extract evidence about ancient people's lives and even gaze on their faces. Presenting examples of the embalmer's art now in the British Museum, Taylor explains the mummification and burial processes and the techniques used to study mummies today.
South Shropshire's First World War
On 4 August 1914 Ludlow's mayor stood on the Town Hall balcony and read the declaration of war to an expectant crowd. Illustrated with historic photographs, this book charts the war's impact on Shropshire towns and villages such as Bridgnorth, Clun and Much Wenlock: the men who fought; the women who replaced them on the farms; the training camps and convalescent homes; and civilian morale.
Miniatures of French History
Soon after the First World War, the Anglo-French writer and Catholic activist Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) wrote this history of the land of his birth. In 31 vignettes he charts its fortunes from the Greek foundation of Marseilles in 599 BCE to the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Filled with vivid characters and dramatic set pieces, the book rings with passion for the nation Belloc considered the bulwark of Christian civilization.