Geological map of the British Isles
Geological map of the British Isles, with a colour-coded key (right, see C015/2656 for details and names). The geology of the British Isles is extremely varied with rocks from nearly all geological periods. The rock formation types shown are: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. The majority of the rocks in Ireland, England and Wales are sedimentary, with large areas of volcanic and metamorphic rocks in Scotland. The sedimentary rocks are colour-coded by geological period from most recent to most ancient (top to bottom). The oldest rocks are in north-west Scotland, the youngest in south-east England. For a simpler map with less detail, see C015/2655.
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A Concert Party, Artist Unknown
Oil on board, Dutch / Flemish School, 17th century. The painting was previously known as 'Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester at Kenilworth' and attributed to Dirk Hals (1591-1656). Hals was the brother of the more famous 17th century painter Frans Hals. He studied in Haarlem under Abraham Bloemart, and his works often depict scenes of dancing and music-making. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was one of Queen Elizabeth's favourites. She bestowed on him his title and gifted him Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire as a mark of her affection. The event, which the painting was originally believed to depict, occurred in 1575, when the Earl of Leicester, entertained the Queen at Kenilworth. There were three weeks of revelry and banquets and the visit was much talked about at the time. Following research undertaken in 2004, doubt was cast on the painting's original attribution due to uncertainty why a Dutch painter should choose this event for a subject at least 40 years after it occurred.
Fashion - Charity Show - Period Costumes - Portsmouth
Nelson's flagship Victory makes an effective set-piece for period costumes from the collection of Mrs Paddy Rabbit, of Old Portsmouth. (l-r) Odile Perring, of Antwerp, wears an 1890 dress that once belonged to Queen Alexandria; Jane Price, of Portsmouth, models a Regency-day dress with feathered headdress; and Angela Jarmain, of London, is in a 1900 walking-out dress. The girls model for Mrs Rabbit in charity shows of the period costumes.
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