Daisy Dunn

An early super yacht supplied with prostitutes: an artist’s impression of Caligula’s royal barge, 18th century

The allure of shipwrecks

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Daisy Dunn investigates the allure of shipwrecks – from Caligula to Damien Hirst

‘The Judgement of Paris’, 1933, by William Roberts

When the world falls apart, you go back to the start: Classicism in British Art reviewed

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The catalogue to Pallant House Gallery’s latest exhibition features a favourite anecdote. It is 1924 and a competition is being…

Surrey’s new rich

24 September 2016 9:00 am

What happened to the quiet, leafy county Daisy Dunn once knew?

Money shot: banknote from the time of Kublai Khan, 13th century

From Kublai Khan to Charles Dickens: the birth and death of paper money

10 September 2016 9:00 am

As the Age of the Polymer dawns, Daisy Dunn looks back on the history of the banknote

Capability and mustard: Gatton Park

A Capability Brown jewel hiding just outside the M25

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Gatton Park is probably Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s least famous landscape. It is tucked away near Reigate Hill, just beyond the…

Staved off: music is full of infant prodigies but today it’s usual to wait until 11 to 14 for specialist schooling

It’s not child’s play to nurture the talent of a musical prodigy

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Daisy Dunn on how best to nurture young talent in music or the arts

Unchanging: St John the Baptist parish church

Lions' wool and other wonders of Cirencester

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Everywhere you look in Cirencester there’s another animal: a cockerel, a hare, a sheep or a skulking lioness. I rather…

Reading about your school is always a terrible idea

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Writers’ reminiscences terrify Daisy Dunn

The repression, anger and bloodshed of our own Game of Thrones

7 June 2014 9:00 am

When I took up archery it was a relatively niche sport. Then Game of Thrones came along, and everyone wanted…

A gap year isn't the only way to see the world before university - a number of other options exist

7 September 2013 9:00 am

A gap year isn’t the only way to see a little more of life before university

Russia: A World Apart, by Simon Marsden - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Here are acres of desolate countryside, pockmarked by once great estates, ravaged by rot. Could it be much bleaker? Many…

Renaissance superwoman

29 December 2012 9:00 am

In 1471 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, led a brash entourage of wine-swilling, jewel-bedecked courtiers into Florence. It was…

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Oh what a tangled web she weaves! Victoria Hislop’s third novel, the appropriately titled The Thread, is pleasingly complex. The…

Keeping an eagle eye

25 June 2011 2:00 pm

The resident ravens of the Tower of London seem to croak a little louder these days. A few yards from their gathering spot, a golden eagle, traditional symbol of power and kingship, perches on a military standard, keeping watch. It is one of several exhibits on display at the newly refurbished Fusilier Museum in the Tower of London.