Sammy Haynes

Visiting Calke Abbey, the ‘un-stately’ home where less is more

Calke Abbey is an unrestored country house estate, situated in Ticknall, Derbyshire. It was abandoned by its owners, the Harpur-Crewe family, in 1985 and was given to the National Trust. Labelled as an ‘un-stately’ home and gardens, I found exploring its history and secrets deeply intriguing. Both the building and...
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Posted Sep. 6, 2018

Visiting Edinburgh, a distinctive yet global artistic capital

Visiting and sampling the contributions of Edinburgh’s artists to Scottish culture in late June this year, I never expected to find such an impressive extent of international influences on a city which is so dominated by a sense of distinct, national history. I learnt that, in fact, the uniqueness and...
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Posted Jul. 29, 2018