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Monthly Archives: May 2017

  1. Oak Apple Day

    On the 29th May the UK will be enjoying a bank holiday which was introduced as a secular replacement for celebrating Whitsun in the 1970s. Formerly there was another celebration which used to exist on this day called Oak Apple Day or Royal Oak Day; a formal public holiday which was observed on 29th May to commemorate the restoration of the English monarchy. 

     The English civil war fought from 1642 to 1651, between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists, divided the country. It resulted in the trial and execution of Charles I, the exile of his son Charles II and a new period of rule; firstly under the Commonwealth of England and later under the Protectorate led by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell died in 1658 and was buried in Westminster Abbey’s Henry VII Lady Chapel without any ceremony (in line with his religious principles). He was succeeded...

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  2. Book of the Month

    Our book of the month for May is the delightful children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen, which is sure to be a favourite with all ages.  This reimagining of the classic characters is the work of Jane Riordan and Mark Burgess, who have taken inspiration from the classic tales of A.A. Milne and the beautiful illustrations of E.H. Shepard. 

    The book follows the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends as they travel to London to deliver a special birthday hum to the Queen for her 90th birthday; what he doesn’t realise is that he is also celebrating a 90th birthday. This lovely story contains some truly beautiful illustrations by Mark Burgess which really capture the magic of the...

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  3. A Game of Chess with Westminster Abbey

    Recently added to our online shop are new chess sets, inspired by statues, figures and artefacts found in and around Westminster Abbey. This set is based on a much larger chess set, sold in the shop many years ago; some of these pieces were incorporated into the design for the downstairs shop extension, and are displayed in specifically designed niches. In order to make the new set, these pieces had to be scanned and then scaled down before being 3D printed in the new smaller size. Once the new size pieces had been created with the 3D printer, moulds were created from which the new chess sets are cast. 

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