Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Gunpowder Plot and the deteriorating tomb of the Black Prince

BBC television series about the ‘Land Girls’ criticised for historical inaccuracy
Urmee Khan reports in an article on the website of The Telegraph.

Tomb of Black Prince Dangerously Deteriorating
Stained glass windows in Canterbury Cathedral, which overlook the tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, were broken by Puritan iconoclasts in the 1640s. Damaging UV rays have since entered the cathedral unfiltered, damaging the paintwork on the canopy over the Prince of Wales’ tomb. The Telegraph reports.

Lewes Anti-Popery Shenanigans
The Times Archive features a letter which the Baptist minister of Lewes wrote to The Times in 1884 about whether the annual Bonfire Night festivities should be banned.

How much of the House of Commons would Guy Fawkes actually have succeeded in blowing up?
The Fragments blog features extracts about the Gunpowder Plot, including quotes from the confession of Thomas Winter, one of the principal plotters.

U2 concert to celebrate fall of Berlin Wall
U2 will stage a short concert this evening at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The Irish Times reports.

Statue of Sir Keith Park unveiled yesterday on Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square
The statue was unveiled yesterday afternoon during a ceremony attended by Boris Johnson, the Chairman of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign, Terry Smith, the Chief of the Air Staff Air, Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Second World War RAF veterans, and members of the Park family. Supporters of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign were also present, including actor Edward Fox and the Battle of Britain historian Dr Stephen Bungay.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park led the Royal Air Force forces over London and the South East of England throughout the Battle of Britain. His statue is designed to commemorate the c.2950 pilots from 15 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Belgium, South Africa, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States, who fought to defend Britain during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Today, there are just over 105 survivors.
The statue will remain on the fourth plinth until May 2010. A permanent statue of Park will thereafter be unveiled on September 15th, 2010, in Waterloo Place to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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