Charles’ 50 years as Prince of Wales

Former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards, who went on to know the prince well, also recalled the excitement at Cardiff train station, where he was at the time of the announcement. “It didn’t have a roof, but if it had had a roof it would have come off,” he said. “There was enormous excitement on the platform and in the railway station.” Among the guests invited to the investiture 50 years ago was Sir Nicholas Soames, a lifelong friend of the prince. Image caption Dafydd Iwan said the investiture “came out of nowhere” amidst political turmoil In the late 1950s, Welsh nationalism was yet to spark into life. Eleven years later, when Charles was crowned, it …

Theatre photos bring backstage world to life

Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The Rep is more than a theatre. It’s an icon of the city, with its distinctive Brutalist architecture and its role in the history of Birmingham’s arts and culture scene dating back over a century,” said Mr McGee Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The theatre is unique in the city in that it’s our only producing theatre. Thanks to an incredible team of skilled crafts people, the theatre designs and creates its own sets and costumes, which makes its productions really special” Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham REP Image caption Of the 100 exhibition photographs, one of Mr McGee’s favourites is a shot of a welder in the workshop. “Taken during the …

‘Marmite’ bus station up for Riba prize

Mr Quick, the University of Central Lancashire professor of public art practice, said he was not surprised the refurbishment of the station had received recognition, as it was “really sympathetic and brought it into the 21st Century”. ‘Marmite building’ He is helping to organise events this year to mark its 50th anniversary including an exhibition opening in September called ‘Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Preston’s Harris Museum’. James Arnold, who is co-curating it, said the building certainly got people talking. “It has been described as Marmite, people love it or loathe it but it always gets a reaction,” he said. Other buildings on Riba’s list include Battersea Arts Centre in London, which …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

Honours for judge, 100, and street cleaner

He identified flaws in the system which, had they been solved previously, may have uncovered Shipman’s wrong-doing much earlier. Now they have been resolved they should prevent future such scandals, his citation said. Shipman, who died in 2004, killed at least 215 patients. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, was murdered in a racist attack in London in 1993 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Georgia Hall won the British Open in August last year BEMs are also being awarded to Thomas McArdle, a 61-year-old street cleaner from Liverpool, and PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Mr McArdle, who has been cleaning the …

Best buildings in Scotland 2019 winners

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced the 10 winners of its 2019 awards. Jury chairman Prof John Cole said the journey around the country to view the projects had been “a reaffirmation” of the ability of architecture to positively influence the lives of individuals and communities. The winners will form the long list for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be announced in October. They are: The Black House They said they had “succeeded in creating a calm, inviting and exceptional home”. The Briongos MacKinnon House Image copyright Andrew Lee Image caption Broomlands Primary School, Kelso – contract value £8m (Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd for Scottish Borders Council) The school’s …

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 …