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The office chair may seem like a modern invention but it was actually a Victorian idea. In the 1840s, at the same time as American Thomas E Warren was taking arms off armchairs and spring-loading the seats, the British scientist Charles Darwin was adding wheels to his study chair, in order to move around his specimens quicker.

 

Relive the silent movie era at the Barbican in the coming months with a series of films featuring live musical accompaniment.

 

Physicist, TV presenter and former pop star (he was a member of D:Ream, famous for Things Can Only Get Be er) Professor Brian Cox is coming to Clerkenwell.

 

Sculptor Antony Gormley has collaborated with Sadler’s Wells to mark the 20th anniversary of the current theatre.

 

EC1 gallery BEERS London has an exhibition to lift the spirits this spring. Happy Depression, which runs from 2 March to 14 April, features the work of Daniel Jensen and Mark Posey.

 

Thirty years after Piers Gough designed a Britton Street house for Janet Street-Porter, our columnist Peter Murray says it deserves to be Listed.

 

“This could be one of the most extraordinary objects in any museum collection in London”

 

Ok. So it’s not until May, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already be counting down the days to London's best and coolest design show. (We might be a teeny bit biased.) That's right, we're getting all gooey-eyed over Clerkenwell Design Week. We have picked some of our favourite latest brands to the show below. We are celebrating the new after all!

 

What’s the difference between the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitaller? A new EC1-published book by TV historian Dan Jones prompts us to ask... Local expert Tom Foakes explains.

 

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