Discover Capability Brown…On Our Shelves!

Today marks the 300th Anniversary of Lancelot "Capability" Brown's baptism on 30th August 1716 in Kirkhale, Northumberland. His ability, or capability, for creating natural looking landscapes for many of Britain's stately homes is what he is most well-known for today. There are over 250 gardens or landscapes credited to him, some of which he over …

Discover Rudyard Kipling…On Our Shelves!

The writer of one of the Nation's favourite poems, If, celebrates his 150 birthday today, but what many people may not know is that there is a local connection with the writer and poet Rudyard Kipling. Born in India in 1865, Kipling was sent to school in England, firstly in Southsea and at the age …