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Fireworks Part 2: Marvellous Contrivances and Warlike Music

MUSIC AND FIREWORKS!   By the 17thc the most important state occasions and civic events called for pageants, processions, ceremonies and often  included extravagant firework displays too.   A new generation of gunners used their military skills with gunpowder to devise  entertainments as well as weaponry. Fireworks … Continue reading

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Making Mountains and Music in Elysium…

As I hope I showed in a recent post John Evelyn the 17thc diarist and garden writer spent much of his life designing the perfect garden: Elysium Britannicum.  It was to be an Eden encompassing a complete miniaturized version of … Continue reading

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Lady Dorothy and Dangstein’s ‘aerial orchestra’

  It could have been the headline in a red-top scandal-sheet: Earl’s young daughter found in ‘a compromising situation’ in the summer house.   Today no-one would care, but in 1846 by being found hidden away in the garden, unchaperoned and … Continue reading

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