Category: History

The Stanley Spencer Gallery at the top of Cookham High Street.

Tour: ‘Paradise Regained’ at the Stanley Spencer Gallery

The gallery’s latest exhibition coincides with the centenary of the start of WWI and examines the effect the war had on the young artist. Stanley was one of five Spencer brothers, all of whom fought in the Great War; his older brother Sydney died at Epehy in September 1918, and is the only holder of the Military Cross remembered on the Cookham village war memorial.

Andrew Burdett reading at the lectern in Reading Minster.

Reading at WWI Remembrance Service – 6 July 2014

I was honoured to be asked, as a recent Queen’s Scout Award recipient, to read at a service held to commemorate the start of the First World War. It was a real privilege but, more than that, it was enormously humbling. I’m very grateful for having been asked to participate.

Frererick Glover, a D-Day veteran, looks out over the fields of Western France.

D-Day: 70 Years On – 11 June 2014

Fighting Spirit Under clear blue skies, sheltering from the heat of the blazing June sun, French Republican Guards stood in the shade of a giant hoarding. Upon it, a simple inscription: 70ème Anniversaire du Débarquement. The weather on Friday could not have been...