Articles in the category Places of interest

Robert Owen Museum, Newtown

The Robert Owen Memorial Museum is the only museum specifically devoted to social reformer Robert Owen. It is located on the ground floor of the Town Council building in the centre of Newtown, Wales. The Grade 2 listed building, of Arts and Crafts design was erected in 1902, in order to provide a Free Library and a meeting […]

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute

The Bath Royal and Literary and Scientific Institute (BRLSI) is an educational charity founded in 1824. Rev. Leonard Jenyns – friend and close correspondent of Charles Darwin bequeathed the BRLSI his library of over 2,000 books, correspondence of over 700 letters, scrapbooks and his Herbarium. Jenyns was orginially supposed to be the naturalist accompanying the […]

National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery primarily located in London but with various satellite outstations located elsewhere in the UK. It houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter. Around 1,400 portraits are on display at the Gallery in London throughout the […]

165 Railton Road, Brixton, London

C.L.R James, the journalist, socialist theorist and writer, lived the final years of his life and died in this building in South London. Visiting The building is a private residence but is marked with a Blue Plaque. Also see… Open Plaques The Brixton £10 note features James on the reverse

St John-at-Hampstead, London

C.E.M. Joad, English philosopher and broadcasting personality is buried at St John-at-Hampstead, London. St John-at-Hampstead is a Church of England church dedicated to St John the Evangelist in Church Row, Hampstead, London. The history of the church goes back to a Charter granted to the Monks of Westminster in 986 AD Visiting Tomb Trails are available […]

Chilvers Coton Church, Nuneaton

Novelist George Eliot was baptised (as Mary Ann Evans) at Chilvers Coton Church, Nuneaton. Parts of the church date back to the second half of the 13th century. The church was destroyed by bombs in May 1941 and later was rebuilt with the help of German prisoners of war. The modern traditions of the church […]

Alan Turing Building, Manchester

The Alan Turing Building is named after the mathematician and founder of computer science Alan Turing. It is located at the University of Manchester, in England, where Turing himself read mathematics. It houses the School of Mathematics, the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, part of the School of Physics and Astronomy. The […]

Plas Penrhyn, Wales

Plas Penrhyn was Bertrand Russell‘s home in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales. Russell had a fondness for Wales and would live there for most of his later years.  The original idea to move to Wales was to provide a suitable place for his grandson’s family to live comfortably.  John, Russell’s grandson wanted to be a writer and there […]

Conway Hall, London

Conway Hall at at 37 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, is the home of the South Place Ethical Society and today is a landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life. The Hall was built in 1926 on the site of a tenement, previously a factory. The Ethical Society moved here after 100 years at South Place in […]

Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham

This grade-two-listed cemetery is where atheist printer John Baskerville is buried. Warstone Lane Cemetery was opened in 1848 by the Birmingham Church of England Cemetery Company and acquired by the Birmingham City Council under a compulsory purchase order in 1951. Baskerville left instructions in his will that he was to be buried in a lead coffin […]