Capturing the countryside: young photographer Mia

[This story was published on October 30 by etc Magazine. Read the original story at, pages 52 and 53.] PDF here: Capturing the Countryside – Mia Wall – etc Magazine

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Still Standing: Chichester’s Market Cross

[This story was published on November 10 in the Observer series. Read the original story] Now that we have seen the scaffolding come down on the Chichester Cross, Chichester City Council is looking forward to the next hundred years of the monument. Perhaps now is a good time to think about the past of the […]

Join Team #RememberFanny!

Join the campaign! You may have been read my recent posts on Pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Cornforth and the campaign we’re leading to ensure she doesn’t get forgotten. We want to make sure that this fascinating woman is properly commemorated and her contributions to the world of art are remembered by all that love and appreciate […]

Desperate Romantics: Will the Real Fanny Cornforth Please Stand Up?

[This story was published on November 4 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at] “An artist is nothing without a model, a muse” – Desperate Romantics Earlier this week, I talked about the mystery of Fanny Cornforth, muse and model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which was solved in 2015 by her biographer […]

Tales from the Archives: Unearthing an iron foundry

[This story was published on September 8 in the Observer series. Read the original story at] [All images: West Sussex Record Office] A fascinating history was unearthed at Fernhurst in 1989. Historical remains tracing the local iron industry in the 16th century were unearthed by a team of archaeologists. Experts were uncovering and cleaning up […]