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Madame Marie Tussaud

Anna Maria “Marie” Tussaud (née Grosholtz; 1 December 1761 – 16 April 1850) was a French born artist of German descent, who became known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussauds, the wax museum that she founded in London. Marie … Continue reading

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Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London

The making of life-size wax figures wearing real clothes grew out of the funeral practices of European royalty. In the Middle Ages it was the habit to carry the corpse, fully dressed, on top of the coffin at royal funerals, … Continue reading

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Jonas Hanway: A Man with a Plan

Jonas Hanway (August 12, 1712 – September 5, 1786), English traveller and philanthropist, was born at Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. While he was still a child his father, a victualler, died, and the family moved to London. … Continue reading

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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles: Founder of the City of Singapore, Father of the London Zoo

British statesman and naturalist, his many talents live on in a centuries long legacy. Continue reading

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John William Polidori : Author of The Vampyre

creator of the modern Vampire genre Continue reading

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The Dandy Chargers

The Dandy Chargers In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais created the Lauf-maschine (running machine) / Draisienne / Mechanical Horse, the first human powered land vehicle to mount a serious bid for public acceptance. Satirically named the Dandy Charger. Then in … Continue reading

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Hannah Snell: The Famous “Woman In Men’s Cloaths”

In 1746 Hannah Snell donned men’s apparel in order to find her wayward husband… Continue reading

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Charles Wesley: Methodist Minister

Georgian writer of over 6,000 hymns. Continue reading

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Lawn Bowls

A Regency past time with its roots in Medieval history… Continue reading

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The Barker Family: Panorama Painters

Robert Barker revolutionized the way the world saw art, allowing the viewer to step into the painting for the first time. Continue reading

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