Baroque Music

Baroque music – like all music – divides opinions strongly: some people enjoy its rich texture and abundant decorations while others might feel that all Baroque music sounds the same with popular chord progressions being used over and over again. …


Weddings in Eastern Europe Virtual Exhibition

Next week we’re launching our latest virtual exhibition; Weddings in Eastern Europe.  This exhibition has a wonderful selection of images, audio and video. Want a sneak preview? Here’s what you can expect from the exhibition…. In traditional cultures, the wedding …


Steam Engines: From Trains to Toffee

James Watt’s (1736-1819) voice echoes every time someone mentions steam engines. Watt, however, was preceded by a bunch of inventors whose names are less often mentioned: Heron (c. 10–70 AD), Giovanni Branca (1571-1645), Denis Papin (1647-1712), Thomas Savery (1650–1715) and Thomas …


Happy Birthday to Claude Debussy!

Claude-Achille Debussy, one of the world’s greatest composers, was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on the 22nd of August in 1862. He is best known for his contributions to impressionist music. His rich and easily distinguishable chord progressions have made a …



Greetings from Hamburg

On this day in 1960, The Beatles gave their first public performance in Keiserkeller in Hamburg. Let’s see some of the places in Hamburg that fascinated the legendary four. St. Pauli This vibrant quarter of Hamburg is full of clubs, …