London was an industrial city until remarkably recently. It seems extraordinary now, but Bankside Power Station was built in 1947,…
Even at its worst, the English climate is the gentlest and most fascinating in the world
English country life in the age of the oligarch farmer
Lessons for this year from the grand panjandrum of the 1908 London Olympics
Why did Florence become a hotspot for Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century? Henry James, Edith Wharton,…
In the constant light of summer, Tromsø is an extraordinarily civilised place from which to visit the wilderness, discovers Harry Mount
At last, 18 years after leaving university, the call comes to appear on the University Challenge Christmas Special. A wonderful…
Now that the Great War is no longer living history, we must beware of obscuring the truth with sentimentality
It is 60 years since Nikolaus Pevsner published Middlesex, the first in ‘The Buildings of England’ series.
A jeremiad against litter-loutish Britain
It was in his room in Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1875 that Oscar Wilde said, ‘I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.’ Now, more than 130 years after he left Magdalen, with a double first in classics, the room has been decorated in his memory by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, a Magdalen Fellow.
Foreign money now dominates at the most traditional of summer fixtures
Some schoolboys used to know about Alexander the Great (356–323BC), how he extended the Macedonian Empire from Greece to India, cut the Gordian knot, and wept when there were no more worlds to conquer. Fewer schoolboys — or grown-ups — will know how skilled, and moving, the art of the Macedonian court was. Now they can, thanks to an exhibition at the Ashmolean, Heracles to Alexander the Great (until 29 August).
The making of Mount Street
The surprising return of the public lecture
Harry Mount tracks Roman footsteps in Provence
Harry Mount looks across the Dardanelles and sees yesterday’s weather today
Bettany Hughes is the Nigella Lawson of the classical world — all tumbling raven curls and smoky-voiced seduction, as she takes telly viewers through the greatest hits of the olden days; recent programmes have covered the Spartans, Athens and the Bible.
New Labour Islington is no more – it is now an area for Tory-voting bankers
The United States is almost as segregated under Obama as it was in the time of Martin Luther King
Harry Mount regrets that his favourite coastline in Wales has been turned into a scene from Baywatch by posturing RNLI lifeguards roaring around on quad bikes
Tim Waterstone is the man who set up the bookshop chain in 1982, so you might expect him to have read a few books, and be OK at writing them.
Why do 21st-century Englishmen turn into such slobs in summertime? Harry Mount laments the rise of sleeveless vests, baggy shorts and plastic sandals
The Greek and Roman Collections
Sculpture Promenade 2010
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 28 January 2011
Harry Mount watches Nick Griffin try to win round the disgruntled former Labour voters of Dagenham and Barking — if he wasn’t so ridiculous, he might be dangerous