Is Shepton Mallet on the cusp of losing an important piece of its history and a potential heritage and tourism asset?

City & Country ran the third of four public consultations on the future use of Shepton Mallet Prison this week.   Once again the foreboding Prison gates were swung open to a queue of people keen to get inside. This is a place that has shut out much of the local community since the 1600s, while housing the infamous - including the Kray brothers. The Magna Carta, Domesday Book and the agreement signed between Neville Chamberlain and Hitler at the Munich Conference in September 1938, as well Read more [...]

The Magic of Mary Poppins at the Bristol Hippodrome – review by Claire de Sully

Upon learning that the Musical Mary Poppins was coming to Bristol, I felt an urge to go. The child in me and the child with me – my 7 year old – couldn't resist the draw of this timelessly beautiful piece of cinema history transported into a magical theatrical dimension. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh announced earlier in the year that they were bringing back Mary Poppins - the West End show - last staged 11 years ago.  Back then it ran for three years with more than 1,250 performances. The Read more [...]