People in history

Discover some of the social history behind our places and uncover fascinating facts about the people who have lived in them

Dressing up at Sutton House, London
Two Bad Mice book at Hill Top, near Sawrey, Cumbria

Potter's early life and books 

Beatrix Potter was a woman ahead of her time. A children's author and illustrator, she was a passionate farmer and conservationist too.

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Remarkable women from our places 

Delve back into the past to discover the remarkable women who helped shape our places. Meet the political player who helped restore the monarchy, beloved children's authors and an acclaimed archaeologist.

Satan calling up his Legions, William Blake, circa 1805-09.

The Great Beast 666: who was Aleister Crowley? 

The Great Beast 666, Perabduro, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, the wickedest man in the world, Aleister Crowley was a noted – and controversial – occultist. Defiantly unconventional in every respect, he lived life according to his own dictum: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’

LGBTQ stories from our places

Tudor stories revealed at The Vyne

As part of a £5.4million roof project at The Vyne in Hampshire you can discover the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s Royal Progress in October 1535. Re-presented showrooms on the ground floor of the house explore the Tudor Royal visit hosted by Henry’s Lord Chamberlain, William Sandys.

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