History & Heritage

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An image of the front of a book drawn in black pencil showing various royal figures

"Disgraceful" first edition of Alice in Wonderland, rejected by book's illustrator, goes on public display

Curators say they can understand why illustrator John Tenniel complained about the printing of an edition with a print run of 2,000 in June 1865.

a photo of a painting featuring soldiers fighting in the streets, surrounded by houses, as families flee. Some soldiers are carried flags and in the middle of the painting one solider is being carried away after being shot.

History in the firing line as Tate Britain explores British history painting

Depictions of conflicts, protests and battles invade Tate Britain as Fighting History brings the past into the present day.

a photo of an artist leaning on plastic boxes at Hadrian's Wall.

Hadrian's Wall frozen in time: New archive catalogues how English Heritage keeps historical site stuck in the past

An exhibition at two Roman forts on Hardian's Wall examines the huge effort that goes into keeping the national landmark looking like it always used to.

A photo of a dark red tile with a human footprint within it against a black background

Archaeologists find human footprint left by naughty teenager 2,000 years ago at Roman fort

A tile with a "clear imprint" of a foot is the first time a human print has been discovered at the 2,000-year-old Roman fort of Vindoland.

a photo of large stone tower with ramparts

Work begins on restoration of Orkney's Kitchener Memorial

Work to restore the Kitchener Memorial, marking the death of the Secretary of War on HMS Hampshire in 1916, begins as fundraising for a memorial with names of 736 crew lost with him continues.

A photo of an iron bell battered by centuries of decay set against a bright green surface

Knives, pits, bells and stones: The Yorkshire Dales discoveries telling Anglo-Saxon stories

Take a look at some of the discoveries made by archaeologists excavating farmsteads which were thought to have been medieval on the south-west edge of the Dales.

a photo of the side of HMS Victory with the hull painted in mustard and black stripes

HMS Victory to be re-painted in original Battle of Trafalgar colours

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is re-painting HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, to make it historically accurate for the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in......

A photo of a boy holding up an archaeological artefact

Archaeologists begin digging at "incredible" prehistoric hillfort on outskirts of Cardiff

Archaeologists have spoken of their excitement at returning to Caerau Hillfort, where they aim to double the number of public participants after attracting 2,000 people last year.

photo of a mural painting featuring a blind man bringing slaves and people with disabilities to the forefront of the image.

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £1.7 million to two projects highlighting history of disability in the UK

A digital archive documenting the Disability Arts Movement and an investigation into eight important disability heritage sites are backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

a photo of a poster featuring a man sitting in a hole and reading a book in Australia. Next to him is a sign that says 'Post Office'.

Marketing that broke the mould: General Post Office puts vintage posters up for sale

An auction of vintage Post Office posters will provide funds for a new museum highlighting five centuries of social, communication and design history behind the postal service.

A photo of a set of stones and an ancient pot at a wetland archaeological site

Archaeologists find Bronze Age food at prehistoric settlement "comparable to the Mary Rose"

An "extraordinary testimony" to the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lay under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site near Peterborough, say experts.

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