David Waller

Britain’s Industrial Revolution is most closely associated with the Midlands and the North. But the capital was also a centre of innovation and enterprise, as David Waller explains.

By 1800 London was already the largest city ever known, ‘double the size of Paris with one million inhabitants, living in 136,000 houses’. Fifty...

David Waller on the 150th anniversary of a ship that symbolised Liverpool’s ties to the Confederate states during the American Civil War.

One summer’s day in 1802 Samuel Taylor Coleridge strayed off the summit of Scafell in the Lake District and scrambled down a cliff known as Broad...

Three quarters of the way through her new biography of Charles Dickens Claire Tomalin warns her readers that ‘you might want to avert your eyes’...

Born into the artisan lower-middle class in grimy industrial Birmingham, Edward (‘Ned’) Burne-Jones rose to become a baronet and intimate friend...

It is the stuff of counterfactual comedy: sex-crazed French literary genius-in-the-making meets English bluestocking and future heroine of the...