“Collecting for a New World: Treasures of the Early Americas” by John W Hessler (published by US Library of Congress and D Giles Ltd): A Review by Richard Maudslay

Many books have been written about the artefacts in museums and the histories behind them.  Fascinated by how some of these treasures have survived and the often tortuous routes by which they ended up in a museum, John Hessler, Curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection in the Library of Congress, takes this one step further. Almost unknown in the UK …

West Side Glory

Elizabeth Mistry sees Mexican actress Gabriela Garcia sing her heart out at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Pictures © Richard Davenport / The Other Richard That there is a genuinely Latin American flavour to the new production of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s 1957 musical West Side Story – currently showing at Manchester’s innovative Royal Exchange Theatre – is a testament …

Improving Children’s Lives Through Sport

Juega y Aprende Mexico A.C. (Asociación Civil – non-profit) is a basketball charity working with a number of associates to improve life through sports. It was founded in 2014 by Mario Aaron Guzman Lamas, who had previously managed the New Life Mexico Chidongongo basketball programme in Puerto Vallarta. Juega y Aprende promotes the child welfare through sports and recreational programmes by providing …

Saving Native Mexican Orchids

In 2005 the Vallarta Botanical Garden was established to create “Mexico’s foremost botanical garden for the propagation, study, discovery, conservation, and display of Mexican native plants for the enjoyment of Puerto Vallarta’s residents and visitors”.  The gardens provide a wonderful and unprecedented opportunity to share the vast diversity and wonder of Mexico’s plant species with the world. Bob Price, who is …