The Revolutionary Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) was an English political activist, philosopher and revolutionary figure, who was born to Quaker parents and for a short period worked in Lincolnshire as a tax collector. In the England of Paine’s youth religious intolerance was widespread. Despite The Toleration Act of 1689 that provided legal freedom of worship, Quakers were still faced persecution for their dissenting beliefs. Paine’s father Joseph Pain (the ‘e’ was later

Belton House Sundial

The Sundial at Belton House is the inspiration for the novel Moondial, written by children’s author and quaker Helen Cresswell in 1987. The story tells of a young girl Minty who discovers that the sculpture is in fact a magic portal to the past, hence it becomes known as a moondial. Minty becomes a type of modern day seeker as she travels between past and present finding the secret behind