Does a ‘stunning school’ help learning?

Image copyright Scottish Borders Council Image caption The old school had a “lovely atmosphere” but “didn’t look the prettiest” Taking a stroll round the grounds – even on a relatively dreich day – the structure looks striking. And, chatting with everyone who sees and uses the building on a regular basis, their pride comes across in every word. Image copyright Andrew Lee Image caption Pupils said the bright new school “cheers you up a wee bit” A group of pupils at the new school – Bronwen, Ker, Kenny and Antonia – say their former home was “not that good an environment to learn in”. “It wasn’t very light because you had to put the lights on and if you turned …

‘Concealed shoes’ index to go online

The shoes hidden in homes to ward off evil Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the university, said it was important to make the index available online as it shows footwear’s “prominent place in folklore”. Image copyright Dr Ceri Houlbrook Image caption Queen Victoria was captured throwing a shoe after her soldiers as they departed for the Crimean War Work began last year on a £6.7m refurbishment of the museum, which is due to be completed next year The project is being paid for by proceeds of the sale of the Northampton Borough Council-owned Egyptian Sekhemka statue, which was sold for £16m in 2014. Northampton’s history for boot and shoemaking dates back almost 900 years and grew in the middle of the …