Author Archives: Sarah Ingrams

A’s cult of beauty

Eros stands high above London’s Piccadilly CircusIn central London’s Piccadilly Circus a statue of Eros, the god of love, has overlooked the crowds since 1892. Perched atop the Shaftesbury memorial, on one of the capital’s busiest streets, the statue is a winged and nude reminder of the late-Victorian Aesthetic movement. The Victoria and Albert Museum’s most recently opened exhibition, The Cult of Beauty – The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900, culminates in a replica of this statue, originally created by sculptor Sir Alfred Gilbert.Surrounding Eros’ statue in the exhibition are paintings, sketches, models, a wrought …

Time for change?

In light of the recent government discussions about changing UK time to boost tourism, Sarah Ingrams examines the origins of putting the clocks back and forward.