Monday, 14 March 2016





Another BBC Culture story - this time on one of my favourite places in London, a hidden study room at the British Museum that houses one of the world's largest collections of prints and drawings: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160304-my-date-with-michelangelo

Friday, 4 March 2016

Unseen City




This interview with Martin Parr about Unseen City, his current exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, was a lot of fun. I've long admired his work - it's witty and warm and somehow very British. Go and see his show, you'll find out all sorts of fascinating things about London's medieval guilds and ancient traditions like swan upping. (Yes, it's a thing!)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Britain's vanishing public art




Bulldozed, stolen, melted down... my piece for BBC Culture on efforts to track down Britain's missing art: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160208-why-are-these-masterpieces-at-risk

Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Road to Wigan Pier, via Aleppo


http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/29/london-calling-english-speaking-syrian-refugees-to-multicultural-haven.html

My latest feature on Syrian refugees for AlJazeera, this time one those who have chosen to come to the UK - even though countries like Germany and Sweden seem much more obvious destinations because of their comparatively generous asylum policies. Only about 5,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in the UK since the war started in 2011. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Seal-spotting along the Thames



Some things are much better now than they were in the good old days. Like sewage systems, for example. How the Thames was brought back to life after being declared biologically dead in the 1950s (and became a haven for seals, cormorants and even dolphins): http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151111-how-the-river-thames-was-brought-back-from-the-dead?ocid=fbbrt

Monday, 19 October 2015

Scientists vs art forgers



"We created a social network – a Facebook of the early 16th Century."


Really enjoyed writing this feature on the latest techniques in the fight against art forgery for the BBC. It's not every day that you get to visit a secret little studio in South London, look at pigments from Pompeii and hear all about social networks in Renaissance Florence.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Middle-class Syrian refugees start back at square one...




My feature for Al Jazeera about Syria's scattered middle class: a banker, a business student and an archaeologist talk about their lives as refugees.