Museum celebrates motorcycling heritage

Occupying an eight-acre site in Bickenhill, Solihull, the National Motorcycle Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. Originally opened in October 1984, the museum resulted from the drive and determination of one man, construction entrepreneur Roy Richards, who began collecting motorcycles in the 1970s. From just 350 motorcycles when it opened,…

Highland Games season kicks off in May

There are many ways in which Scottish culture differs from that of the rest of the British Isles, but perhaps nothing better sums up those differences than the Highland Games… Scotland’s way of celebrating its age-old artistic and athletic traditions. Some believe the games originated as a clan chieftain’s way of choosing his best bodyguards…

Leicester space that’s out of this world

Housing two rockets in a 42-metre tower, the National Space Centre in Leicester is also home to the UK’s largest domed planetarium and features six galleries crammed with space memorabilia from suits and rockets to satellites and meteorites. A museum and educational resource covering the fields of space science and astronomy, the centre is the…

Nikola Tesla

It’s the 76th anniversary today of the death of a man who passed away almost penniless despite generating ideas that transformed our daily lives and created multiple fortunes for himself and those who financed him. Ground-breaking scientist Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, in what is now Croatia, in 1856 during what he claimed was…

Alfred Wegener

The way we look at the world changed 107 years ago today when Alfred Wegener presented his theory on ‘continental drift’ to the German Geological Society, putting forward the notion that the Earth’s continents had once been united in a single super land mass named Pangaea that had drifted apart over geological time. Born in…

Sir Ernest Shackleton

As a team of scientists heads towards Antarctica to investigate one of the most remote parts of the region, it’s a fitting time to pay tribute to Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the great Antractic explorers, who passed away 97 years ago today. Yesterday the SA Agulhas II set sail towards the Larsen C Ice…