Monthly Archives: August 2016

  1. Back to School

    With children going back to school in the next couple of weeks it is time to buy school supplies to get them prepared for the coming academic year. Whether they are just starting school, or are coming into their teenage years, we have something to suit all ages in our back to school section. 


    For younger children it is important to inspire their imaginations and get them excited about learning. Our character topped pencils are perfect to get children thinking about fairy tales of princes and princesses whilst encouraging them to practise their writing. 

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  2. Book of the Month: Garden Poems

    In a continuation of our celebration of gardens this August, our book of the month is Garden Poems from the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. This anthology has been selected and edited by John Hollander and was first published in 1996. The poems in this collection glorify the art of the garden and man’s need to create a private paradise. 

    Garden Poems Cover

    The collection begins with a foreword from John Hollander which discusses the relationship between the garden and poetry along with some...

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  3. CD of the Month: Music for a Devoted Gardener

    We have chosen ‘Music for a Devoted Gardener’ as our CD of the month for August, to coincide with the time we are all spending in our gardens this summer (weather permitting!). This CD forms part of our Westminster Abbey garden range, a collection of products inspired by the gardens here at Westminster Abbey. 

    Music for a Devoted Gardener CD

    The cover of this CD has a beautiful image of Little Cloister Garden, one of the three original gardens within Westminster Abbey.  Little...

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  4. Evolution of the Westminster Abbey Guidebook

    Guidebooks are an important part of any tourist attraction visit and have been for several hundred years. They started out as catalogues of the items that were on display and have evolved into the all-encompassing information books that we see today.  Following a chance encounter with an older version of the Westminster Abbey Guide outside of work, I started to think about the origins of our best-selling product and thanks to the Westminster Abbey Library I was able to chart its history. 

    Guidebooks Through the Years


    The first guide to the Abbey was produced in 1600 and was written by Read more »