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The Life and Legacy of Thomas Guy

From October 1739 until June 2020 there was a statue of the philanthropist after whom the hospital is named at the centre of this Georgian courtyard. So why did it become a point of controversy?

Prison Graffiti in the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London

The Tower of London is home to some of the most well-known historic graffiti in the city, and many of the marks are located in the Beauchamp Tower. The Beauchamp Tower was built between 1275-1281 during the reign of King Edward I and was later used as a state prison, housing high-ranking prisoners including Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley. This former prison contains over three-hundred graffiti inscriptions which were created over four centuries by the imprisoned inhabitants to help alleviate their boredom during their confinement and so that they could make sure that they would be remembered. 

Brockwell Park Against the Nazis

Brockwell Park was home to Rock Against Racism’s Second Carnival Against the Nazis. It brought together the likes of Elvis Costello, ASWAD, and Stiff Little Fingers in a musical triumph with a few notable logistical problems.

‘You ruin’d me forever’: A Suicide Letter at Hyde Park Basin

In 1798, a letter was left at the bank of Hyde Park Basin. Why had it been left there? And why did its author want it to be published? Find out about the struggles of John Cook, the butler to the Marquis of Titchfield, who died here.