Something for the weekend: Georgians, Plantagenets and WWI

Why not head to the new exhibition at the V&A Museum to see some of the work by the Georgian’s premier architect?


On the 300th anniversary of the start of the Hanoverian dynasty, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain brings together over 200 objects demonstrating the work of one of the period’s most influential designers – the prominent polymath William Kent.


Skilled at architecture, landscape design, illustration, painting and sculpture, Kent had an impressive portfolio of achievements. His mark was made on the Treasury, Horse Guards and Chiswick House, and he designed for the royal family – including silverware and the royal barge.

You’ll be able to see William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain from today at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

World War I

With centenary events dominating the calendar for the next few years, this new book may be just what you need to make sure you know everything there is to know about World War I.

World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide (DK Publishing) offers a great introduction to the conflict. From the causes to the conclusion, from big battles to personal stories, from land to sea to air, this guide is packed with information from one of history’s most destructive chapters.

On the sofa

Professor Robert Bartlett’s BBC series, The Plantagenets, continues on Monday evening.

Forget the Tudors, this was the really dysfunctional royal family. The longest-ruling dynasty in English history fought each other just as much as they fought their enemies. In episode two, Bartlett tells us how the Plantagenet rulers shored up their power in England, made moves to win land and glory in France and oversaw the birth of Parliament.


Don’t miss The Plantagenets on BBC Two at 9pm on Monday.