The seamstress who conserves brutality

Julia Brennan restores the clothing of historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln but now she has turned to conserving textiles from atrocities some would rather forget, writes Zoey Poll


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Imelda May album review: She has the blend of strength and sensitivity
Imelda May is a late developer.
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Barbarossa review: Jonathan Dimbleby brings to life the scale of Operation Barbarossa
According to Field Marshal Montgomery, rule one on page one of the book of war is 'Don't march on Moscow.' This June sees the 80th anniversary of the day Hitler broke that rule.
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CRAIG BROWN: Philip Roth by Blake Bailey is diligently researched, clearly written and panoramic  
Philip Roth was wary of biographers. 'Biography,' he said, towards the end of his life, 'adds a new dimension to the terror of dying.'
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From Alaa Al Aswany to Ruth Hogan, Haruki Murakami and Rosalie Knecht: This week's best new fiction 
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DEBORAH ROSS: Want to avoid a TV homicide? Don't live beside the seaside! 
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Freddie De Tommaso album review: A heroic vocal presence
This impressive debut album from Tunbridge Wells-born tenor Freddie De Tommaso, still in his 20s, perhaps suggests a star is born. But it's a bit early to say just yet.
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From Promising Young Woman to The Hunter: The best on demand TV to watch this week
With stories of a 'rape culture' at many British schools very much in the headlines, Emerald Fennell's new film couldn't be more timely.
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PIERS MORGAN: 'We are going to CRUSH Boris into a mangled heap,' chuckled Alan Duncan 
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Coronation Street spoilers: Rape trial trauma for Faye Windass as Ray Crosby fights for freedom
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Kush's freedom is at stake.
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Karim Benzema stunning flick and a free kick from Toni Kroos saw Real Madrid complete a league Clasico double over Barcelona in soaking wet conditions on Saturday night.
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"The burden of filling Prince Philip's shoes now falls on eldest son Charles"
The support the Duke of Edinburgh saw the Queen through the traumas of the family’s marital disasters, scandals, the Windsor Castle fire of 1992 and the death of Diana
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Prince Philip used his final weeks to prepare son Charles for taking on his role
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Festival favourite Rachael Blackmore writes a Grand National fairytale
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ITV announces when Corrie and Emmerdale will return after Prince Philip's death
ITV has announced when its soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be back on our screens, after the death of Prince Philip meant they were both cancelled on Friday
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British-born panda hopes as zoo announces 'critical' 8th pregnancy attempt
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'Medical experts agree that the benefits of the Covid jab outweigh the risks'
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Politics put on hold for period of mourning
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As we pay our respects to Prince Philip, we should ask what kind of monarchy we want
Editorial: The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is bound to lead to a reappraisal of the role of the royal family in modern Britain
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Mea Culpa: not something that we should take laying down
Questions of style and usage in last week’s Independent, reviewed by John Rentoul
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‘Which are the press and which are the apes?’ The tumultuous relationship between Philip and the media
The Duke of Edinburgh viewed the media with contempt and none more so than Rupert Murdoch, writes David McKittrick
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Boris Johnson will NOT attend Prince Philip's funeral to allow family members to attend
The Prime Minister was understood to have been expected to attend the ceremony for Philip by the royals, but offered to step aside with the number of guests allowed limited to 30.
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Graeme Souness claims Man City have the best squad in Premier League history
A very big shout
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Vernon Kay's Game of Talents branded 'disgusting' over 'world's loudest burp'
Vernon Kay's Game of Talents left viewers horrified as the world's loudest burper took to the stage to show off his stomach-churning talent
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Million Brits quit smoking during pandemic due to Covid fears and no fag breaks
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Shops, pubs and salons get ready for £1billion splurge on 'Manic Monday'
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‘Clear the Capitol’: Pence pleaded for military assistance as rioters stormed Congress
Undisclosed documents seen by Associated Press shed light on timeline of 6 January storming of Capitol
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Arnold Schwarzenegger vows to shed his lockdown weight in time for next movie
EXCLUSIVE: The 73-year-old action hero has put on 10lb in lockdown and has vowed to shed weight as he faces a fight to achieve Total Recall on his famed six-pack for his next film
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'I Can See Your Voice is tone deaf but it could be my new guilty pleasure'
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Bryony Frost to spend night in hospital after Grand National fall
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What we know about Philip’s funeral and the days ahead
The duke died peacefully in his sleep on Friday at the age of 99.
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