Went for a day out with my mother to a guide tour of Helena May Building, you have to book in at least a month advance to secure reservations for guide tour, and make sure your visit to HK include the day they do guide tour for public.
The place was set up by Helena May the wife of fifth governor in Hong Kong, based on the sympathy she had of single women who came to Hong Kong for work and have little chances to find a decent place to live and enjoy the community, she built the place for ladies to have a place to stay. It has also provided for other functions like ballet lessons, balls for people to meet and a library that was originally part of the ballroom. The place was a mixture of English and Chinese style, as even the place was of Edwardian design, you can still see some Chinese element in the building (especially the arch windows if you look hard enough).
Here the photo presented The Blue Room, where members and own family hang around, as well as with friends. In order to be part of Helena May one must become a member (women only) to enjoy the facilities, apparently you also have to be referred by another member or two before joining the party. If you have no wish to join, just keep an eye on their monthly tour of the place. :)
Price(s): half British pound pence to two and a half British pound pence
These stamps show the profile of King Edward VIII of England. “The King who never wore a crown” reigned for only eleven months, before he abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite and twice divorcée. As head of the Church of England, which then didn’t recognize marriage of a divorced person unless the previous spouse is dead, the King couldn’t marry Simpson and be the monarch. Edward’s refusal to give up Wallis led to his abdication in 1936. He was succeeded by his brother George VI. Edward was given the title His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor and married Simpson the following year. #Britain#britishhistory#kingedwardvii#britishcrown#britishmonarchy
In December 1861, within days of the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria had chosen a site for his mausoleum at Frogmore. The design was to echo that of the Prince’s father, Duke Ernest I, in Saxe-Coburg. Albert had helped to design this mausoleum, and the Queen wanted every aspect of the new building to reflect the taste of her dead husband. The designer, Ludwig Gruner, had been Albert’s artistic mentor. It was under his guidance that the Prince had worked so hard to promote Renaissance Italian art as a model for the decoration of the New Palace of Westminster, and this was the style now adopted for his mausoleum. .
The foundation stone of the mausoleum was laid in 1862; the Prince’s remains were placed in the tomb in 1868; and the interior decoration was finished in 1871. The Queen lived another thirty years before joining her husband in the mausoleum in 1901. Some alterations have been made to the interior; originally the dome was painted with stars against a blue background, but in 1909 this scheme was replaced by a more elaborate one designed by Ion Pace. At the same time Gruner’s patterned windows were removed and new ones introduced.
The mausoleum is a centrally planned building with an octagonal drum and polygonal roof. It is constructed of granite and Portland stone and the roof is covered in copper. The building is entered via a triple-arched portico, its ceiling decorated with an early example of prefabricated mosaic imported from Venice. Inside, the magnificent central tomb is surmounted by the recumbent effigies of the Queen and Prince, the last works of the Queen’s favourite sculptor, Baron Carlo Marochetti, who died in 1867. The interior decoration is a lavish melange of structural and painted Italianate polychromy, with inlaid coloured marbles on the pavement and walls and painted decoration on the spandrels and dome. Almost all the sculptural and painted decoration was carried out by Italian or German artists working in the style of Raphael, the painter Albert most admired.
#vic#victoria> #victorianarchitecture #victoria #victoriaandalbert#heritage#englishheritage#britishhistory#britishheritage#mausoleum#death
Watching the sunset at Odiham Castle ruins 🌄 also know an King John's Castle, built in the early 13th century by King John, originally as a hunting lodge, it was besieged by the French during the First Barons War in 1216. King David II of Scotland was imprisoned here after the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346. 🗡
Scotland, where they blow goats and speak English poorly. 🏴 -
Scottish culture and history is actually quite interesting. Deep fried confectionary items aside, the Scottish have a long and interesting history.
Any settlements in Scotland that existed before the Neolithic period can’t be reliably traced, due to repeated glaciations, but the first traceable hunter-gatherers entered Scotland around 12 800 years ago, following the retreat of the ice sheet after the last glaciation of Scotland. The first permanent settlers followed 9 500 years ago, and the first villages around 6 000 years ago, i.e. Skara Brae in Orkney.
Written history of Scotland begins around the Roman conquest of Britannia, the province which encompassed England and Wales, but Rome only really conquered the South of Scotland, and for a short time, all whilst facing considerable resistance from the Caledonians (a collection of Scottish tribes), whom almost eliminated an entire Roman Legion division (specifically Legio IX Hispana), which was saved, eventually, by some cavalry.
In 83 - 84 CE, the Romans won the Battle of Mons, which is how the Romans conquered to the Highland line, but subsequently retreated, three years later, to Hadrian’s wall, along the border between Scotland and Britannia. The Romans did, of course, build Antonines wall along the Highland line, but they controlled it periodically, for the last time between 208 and 210 CE.
Most of Scotland’s history is tribal, and hence unrecorded. These tribal people, as of circa 150 CE, include: Otadini, Selgovae, Novantae, Domnoni, Otadnini, Damnonii, Epidii, Venicones, Taexali, Vacomagi, Caledoni, Creones, Carnonacae, Decantae, Lugi, Smertae, Caereni, and Cornavii, from South to North.
The Romans, despite only ruling a significant part of the country for a mere 40 years,
would have a considerable impact upon the South (controlled by Brythonic tribes, whilst the Highlands and North in general were Pictish).
SAS X-Trooper members shown as POWs in Italy (1942). All of the surviving members of X Troop would remain as prisoners of war until they were repatriated with the Italian surrender. * A total of 35 men consisting of seven officers and 28 other ranks were selected from the SAS Battalion in early 1941 to form a raiding force, which was designated ‘X Troop’. It executed the first British parachute raid of the war against the Tragino Aqueduct in Italy, code named Operation COLOSSUS. The plan was to blow up an aqueduct crossing a small stream called the Tragino 30 miles north east of Salerno. The aim was to disrupt water supplies to the ports of Taranto, Bari and Brindisi, which were embarkation points for Italian forces campaigning in North Africa and Albania. The raid was plagued with problems on the ground and in the end, a large contingent of the commandos were captured. Although it achieved little of military significance, SAS X Troop’s exploits raised morale during a dark period of the war in England and provided valuable airborne experience. 🇬🇧 #pagoda22sas
#OTD in 1648 Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England, was born.
Where am I? Day 2
Each day, for 7 days, I’m randomly selecting a photo from my 17,000 history travel photos taken over the past 3 years.
Do you know where am I today?
I was lucky enough to visit this place when it was a volunteer enthusiast run site and since a massive investment. (Hence stitching the two pics together) ———————————
#His#History#HistoricalTour #History #Tour#UK#whereamI#historyspice#historyspicetour#BritishHistory
After watching #DarkestHour, come aboard and see sets from the film in our latest exhibit Their Finest Hours: Winston Churchill and the Queen Mary for FREE March 3 & 4, in celebration of the movies Academy Award nominations.🎩🎞 🚢#QMChurchill
On this day in 1945, the RalAF bombed the city of Pforzheim in Germany was almost completely destroyed. 338 Lancaster would drop everything from incendiary to high explosive bombs. The city was mistakenly believed to be a centre of German industry. Over 31% of the cities populace (17000) people would die.
James Sadler and Sons Ltd is the world famous pottery manufacturer originally founded in 1882 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in England. Sadler started with their famous red clay fine earthenware teapots with a dark brown glaze. They have since gone on to become one of the most well known pottery manufacturers in the world. They produce numerous designs and items ranging from teapots and mugs to tea accessories. These whimsical Sadler teapots come in uniques shapes and designs. They feature wonderful scenes, landmarks, and people of the United Kingdom, making for a great compliment to a nice cup of English tea!