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ADAM SMITH, statue

Statue of Adam Smith outside St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.  Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) is probably best known as the author of 'Wealth of Nations'. The bronze statue is by Alexander Stoddart and was unveiled in 2008.

The post code is for St Giles' Cathedral.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Outside St Giles' Cathedral
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Post Code
EH1 1RE
Main Historic Period
Modern
Tip/Nearby
St Giles' Cathedral
Primary Management
Local Authority
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was a work of art consisting of 888,246 ceramic red poppies placed in the moat of the Tower of London, between July and November 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Each poppy represented a lost life from Britain or one of its Dominions, killed in the war. It attracted a huge number of visitors. Members of the public could purchase a poppy and part of the installation then went on tour around the UK organised by 14-18 NOW until 2018, after which it was decided to have permanent displays at IWM London and North Museums. The work was created by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.

Address is IWM London.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Lambeth Road
County
London
Post Code
SE1 6HZ
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
NB This work is no longer at the Tower of London - check with IWM London for the latest information.
Primary Management
HM Government
FLATFORD

Flatford Mill and the area around it inspired the artist John Constable.  The National Trust has a small exhibition nearby and there are waymarked walks which take in the places Constable knew, and painted.  Guided tours are also available.  Or you can hire a boat on the river Stour.

There is no public access to Flatford Mill or Willy Lott's House (pictured).

Region/Nation
Location/Address
East Bergholt
County
Suffolk
Post Code
CO7 6UL
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
Colchester
Primary Management
National Trust
FREDDIE GILROY and the BELSEN STRAGGLERS

Huge steel sculpture by Ray Lonsdale of Freddie Gilroy, a former miner who, as a young man, was one of the first Allied troops to enter Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945. A must see when in Scarborough.

Location/Address
North Bay
Scarborough
County
North Yorkshire
Post Code
Y012 6PF
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Tip/Nearby
This attraction does not have a post code - just get close to it and head for the sea.
Primary Management
Local Authority
GUILDHALL ART GALLERY

The Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1885 as a place to display the City of London's extensive collection, but was destroyed during the Blitz in 1941. It was rebuilt in 1999 and displays about 250 works at any one time, on a rotating basis. There is a great deal of Victorian and, as to be expected, London-themed, work. There is also a small, but very interesting, museum - and the Art Gallery additionally provides access to the remains of London's Roman Amphitheatre beneath your feet.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
The Guildhall
Gresham Street
County
London
Post Code
EC2V 5AE
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Bank of England, Museum of London
Primary Management
Local Authority
The Kelpies

The Helix is a large community park between Falkirk and Grangemouth, bisected by the Forth and Clyde Canal, formed from regenerated land and including a lake, wetlands, walking and cycle paths, cafes and a visitor centre. But its most famous feature is the Kelpies, two massive steel sculptures of horses heads, inspired by industrial horse power and mythical creatures. The Kelpies can be seen from the M9, but are best viewed from the park.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
The Helix
Falkirk
County
Stirlingshire
Post Code
FK2 7ZT
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Falkirk Wheel, Rough Castle
Primary Management
Local Authority
KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses an astonishing, eclectic, collection of 8,000 objects, covering natural history, ancient Egypt, arms and armour, Scottish history and artwork. As well as world-class paintings by Dutch masters and French impressionists, the art collection includes 'the Glasgow Boys' and Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross.  Outside the museum is a statue of St Kentigern (aka 'Mungo'), patron of art and music and founder of Glasgow, born c518 in Culross.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Argyle Street
County
Glasgow
Post Code
G3 8AG
Main Historic Period
All
Link to featured article
Primary Management
Local Authority
LADY GODIVA statue

Godiva, or Godgifu, was a pious 11th century noblewoman, the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to a legend that dates back to at least the 13th century, she rode naked – covered only in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants. The term 'Peeping Tom' originates from later versions of this story, in which a man named Thomas watched her ride and was struck blind or dead. This striking statue of Godiva is in Coventry's heavily 1960s central square, Broadgate. It was unveiled in 1948 and was sculpted by William Reid-Dick. Nearby is the Lady Godiva clock. When the bell strikes the hour, a figure of Lady Godiva on a white horse emerges; above is a window, through which Thomas peeps.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Broadgate
Coventry
County
West Midlands
Post Code
CV1 1NE
Main Historic Period
Medieval
Tip/Nearby
In the main shopping centre, walking distance of the Cathedral
Primary Management
Local Authority
NATIONAL GALLERY (The)

The National Gallery houses the British nation's national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Established in 1824, the Nastional Gallery is regularly in the top 10 most visited attractions in Britain and includes works by Vermeer, Titian, Cezanne, Monet, van Dyck, Gainsborough, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Holbein, Turner, Constable, Raphael, Cannaletto, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Botticelli.

Entry is free.

Interesting factoid - the columns of the portico were taken from Carlton House when it was demolished. Carlton House was once home to the Prince Regent, later George IV.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Trafalgar Square
County
London
Post Code
WC2N 5DN
Main Historic Period
N/A
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
National Portrait Gallery is next door
Primary Management
HM Government
SCALLOP (The)

The Scallop is a 12 foot (4 metre) high sculpture by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling controversially situated on the beach just to the north of Aldeburgh. It is made of 10mm thick stainless steel and designed to withstand 100mph winds. The installation is a monument to past Aldeburgh resident Benjamin Britten. Cut into the rim of the scallop are the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned" from Britten's opera Peter Grimes.

Post code is approximate - walk north along the beach from Aldeburgh.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Aldeburgh Beach
Aldeburgh
County
Suffolk
Post Code
IP15 5PH
Main Historic Period
Modern
Tip/Nearby
Aldeburgh, Thorpeness
Primary Management
Local Authority

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