Norman Wisdom

The Normans embellished Saxon churches but they also built their own, and there is nowhere better to admire their artistry than Herefordshire

Pevsner’s Monument

Nikolaus Pevsner was the man who catalogued England. His project is well worth another read

Castles of the Imagination

From Wales to Syria, fortresses are monuments to an age of chivalry — but some are only castles in the air

Berlin and Cologne: A Tale of Two German Cities

‘Now that Berlin is officially one of the coolest places in Europe, many have developed a peculiar sense of being German - a form of confidence, or nonchalance at least, about their nationality’

Finders Keepers

Whose Culture?: The Promise of Museums and the Debate over Antiquities edited by James Cuno

From Treblinka to Tannenberg

A tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might

Faces that Don’t Quite Fit

When it came to painting portraits, Constable struggled to emulate his mastery of landscape

Rebuilding our Heritage

The Vivat Trust conserves and restores the smaller historic buildings that are overlooked by larger organisations

Il Miglior Fabbro

Five hundred years after his birth, Andrea Palladio continues to influence architecture

Prague: Diary

‘The post-1989 temptation in Prague has been two-fold. The first has been to legislate the totalitarian past out of existence, the second has been to copy the liberal West blindly at a lag of 20 years’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"