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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.32

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.32 Kosher wine shop in Golders Green NW11 but who could the cardboard cutout be of in the top right window????   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.31

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.31 We’ve been languishing nearer the base of the Tower for a while now so I think it’s time for another trip up west and up to the top of The Tower. In celebration of the much lauded Savage Beauty exhibition let’s go to Sloane St […]

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MISC.215:1-1988; Red rubber wellington boots; Dunlop, ca. 1959. Held by the Museum of Childhood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Forecasting rain

    The V&A’s Textiles and Fashion collection holds tens of thousands of objects and is one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the world. Researching this huge collection is one of the greatest pleasures of my job but, being a busy boy, I cannot devote as much time to research as […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.20

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.2 It’s Friday! I’m sure a few of us will be squeezing in a takeaway tonight or grabbing something on the way back from the pub, but I implore you, please, when in East Ham, do not try to buy a British designed Japanese inspired jacket… […]

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Jenny Copsey and her new husband on the steps of St Pancras Town Hall at their wedding in 1971

Waving Off the Brides and Grooms

As the idea of a wedding dress exhibition at the V&A was first proposed ten years ago, before its development, tour and ten months on display at the V&A, it feels like the end of an era as we approach the 15th March closing date of ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014′. With that in mind, we thought we would bring […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.17

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day no.17 All change in Euston. The world’s largest shop for Transvestites and Transsexuals. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Va benone...ecco che piove!; Postcard, Milford Haven Collection, 'Va benone...ecco che piove!', Man putting up his umbrella against 'rain' caused by dog urinating, lithograph, Italian, ca.1904
Ca. 1904
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Into each life some rain must fall

  If, like me, you have been a victim of Britain’s unpredictable and frequently inclement weather you may have observed two things:   British people have a tendency to discuss the weather frequently and at great length. A lot of time has been expended trying to find methods to stay dry.     The first […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15: What are Sundays for? Shopping of course, so let’s go. Where to though….? Why not Brick Lane/Spitalfields. My, hasn’t it changed round here?! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 15 A perfect example of the ‘dual role shop’ genre to round off this week!  Now if it was clothes and beer – even I may just be enticed to go shopping at the weekend… This shop is in Hadley Green, High Barnet. I think we’ll […]

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414:135-1885 – Porcelain figure of Henry Woodward as ‘The Fine Gentleman’. On display in gallery 58.

18th Century Queer Cultures #1: the Macaroni & his Ancestors

Introduction In terms of gender identity and masculine expression, the eighteenth century was an important time of transition. While in 1700, there was a certain amount of tolerance for effeminacy, and for bisexuality, by 1800 the understanding of what it meant to be a man was considerably more rigid, closely policed, and what we might […]

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