Queen Charlotte introduced the Christmas Tree to Britain in 1800.

For some years it was assumed that Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort had introduced the Christmas Tree into Great Britain. However, that honour rightfully belongs to Queen Charlotte, the German born wife of George III in December of 1800. That year Queen Charlotte planned to hold a large Christmas party for the children of all […]

The Art of Birmingham Mall.

Birmingham street art by Goosensei All pictures provided by Street Art Birmingham The city – particularly around Digbeth – is attracting talented artists who use the urban landscape as their canvas. And the good thing about street art is, it changes from month to month. “It is a a creative phenomenon and its form is […]

The Gas-Lit Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

The Hyde Park Picture House, the world’s only surviving gas-lit cinema, opened in 1914. The owners of the Grade II-listed building have now been granted planning permission for redevelopment, to improve accessibility, restore the gas lights and ornate plasterwork and incorporate a second screen in the basement. Source: The Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds […]

The ‘Peaky Blinders’ of Birmingham.

Records of the gang members and their crimes are preserved in Sparkhill’s West Midlands Police Museum. The dank, slum streets of Birmingham are ruled by gangs made up of hundreds of youths armed with knives, razor blades and hammers. Murders are rife. Robberies, thefts and riots are a daily occurrence at the hands of young […]

‘Pixelmania’ Digital Artworks.

Walking on sunshine. Photograph: Atmanvictor Jose Mendez/GuardianWitness Dalí-esque lampposts, digital scrapheaps, awesome days and Alan Turing’s face recreated from an old optical rotary encoder wheel. Here are Guardian readers’ best digital artworks. AWESOME DAY. Photograph: Lushmontana Lushmontanas/GuardianWitness A brighter scrapyard. Photograph: texavery/GuardianWitness See more via Pixelmania: your best digital artworks – in pictures | Art […]

Whiteladies Road Pub Mural, Bristol.

Image Credit: Photograph by  © Paul Green 2015 / Via paulgreenphotography.com Street Artist: Zase. Check the Artist out on Twitter. There is terrific detail, colour and sunny styling in this work decorating one of Whiteladies Road’s most popular pubs. Source: 30 Jaw-Dropping Pieces Of Bristol Street Art

Coco, a baby Anteater, ZSL London Zoo.

A baby tamandua, or anteater, named Poco sticks out its tongue at the ZoologicaL Society of London Zoo. The Zoo is celebrating the creature’s surprise birth after they found a male to be the companion of its mother Ria last October. Image Credit: Photograph by ZSL London Zoo/PA Source: The week in wildlife – in […]

‘Atmospheric Collages’ by Becky Baier.

by Laura Collinson These striking collages are the handiwork of freelance illustrator, designer and mural artist Becky Baier. The images present a sense of unease to the onlooker, but are nonetheless beautiful. After completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Trowbridge College, Baier landed a place on an Illustration course at Brighton University, […]

Wastwater Lake in Cumbria is UK’s Deepest.

Wastwater Lake in Cumbria in the evening light is a view that’s hard to beat. Above the far shore are Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, a little to the left. At  a depth of 258ft (79m), Wastwater is England’s deepest lake. Image Credit: Photograph by RichardDerwent/GuardianWitness See more images via From Skye to […]