History & Heritage

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A greyscale photo of a group of women in factory uniforms during the first world war

The Innovation Race: Photos of the female factory workers who helped save Britain in World War I

See pictures from the factories and owners who helped David Lloyd George after he was appointed Minister of Munitions, saving the war effort at a time when Britain faced low morale and little possibility of victory.

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Devotional panel of beheaded rebel 14th century martyr surfaces on shore of River Thames

A devotional panel issued to mourners who circled the grave of Thomas, the Earl of Lancaster who was executed as a martyr almost 700 years ago, has resurfaced on the north bank of the Thames.

A close up photo of a gold lock ring from the bronze age against a black background

Gold lock rings which could have been gifts to gods in Bronze Age Wales are declared treasure

Wrexham will acquire two sheet gold Bronze Age lock rings, each weighing less than ten grams and found nine months apart in the same field in the Welsh village of Rossett.

An overhead photo of a lush green archaeological terrain intersected by sand and stone

Service personnel to help archaeologists as year of excavations at Vindolanda Roman fort begins

Personnel and veterans who have sustained physical and mental injuries in Afghanistan and elsewhere will be involved in "everything we do", say archaeologists at the Northumberland fort.

a photo of a sliver pendant in the shape of a boar

As Richard III's bones are laid to rest, museums explore king's DNA and reputation

As the remains of Richard III are laid to rest in Leicester, the Yorkshire Museum is exploring the man and the myth while the Science Museum revisits the forensic clues.

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From car park to royal tomb: Ten stories from the discovery of Richard III

Marking Richard III's burial in Leicester Cathedral we look back at the top ten stories about the dramatic discovery of the last Plantaganet king of England.

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An amazing grave: Archaeologists say skeleton of woman is latest known early medieval burial found in Wales

Archaeologists will carry out tests on the dental enamel of a 12th or 13th century woman, in her 60s and suffering arthritis, found beneath a church site in Nefyn.

a film still of a railway track passing through fields in late summer

Of time and the railway: Robert Davies' meditative film travels across the West Midlands and Wales

Of time and the Railway, Robert Davies' meditative film about the railway line and the landscape between Birmingham and Aberystwyth, is travelling to venues across Wales and the West Midlands.

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Benedict Cumberbatch revealed as Richard III's second cousin as actor prepares to read at reinterment ceremony

Ahead of the cathedral ceremony, genealogists have produced a family tree which shows the Oscar nominee is the last Plantagenet king's Richard 16 times removed second cousin.

A photo of people carrying out an archaeological excavation during the 1970s

Antler waste reveals medieval Scottish industry as archaeologists publish findings decades after dig

Publishing a post-excavation analysis of work carried out in West Lothian for the first time since the 1960s and 1970s excavations, archaeologists say the findings reflect "highly significant" sites.

A photo of a recreation of a viking longboat inside a museum

Beautiful storytelling - Viking Voyagers launches in most important show ever held at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Take a look at some of the star objects from the new exhibition in Cornwall, including loans from the British Museum and Denmark and a theatrical recreation of a beach market.

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Archaeologists use poisonous museum objects to find out how prehistoric people hunted

An archaeologist and a forensic chemist have used techniques for detecting drug use to find the residue of prehistoric poisons on ancient artefacts.

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From Japan to Jersey, MuseumWeek sets trends with museum secrets on Twitter

The British Golf Museum, The Caravan Club Collection and the Museum of Power might spring a few surprises this MuseumWeek - plus seven more to look out for.

a photo of a bedstead and portrait of a Henry VIII on an easel

Henry VIII portrait and bed of his parents revealed in new Tudor display at Hever Castle

A portrait of a young and vigorous Henry VIII and the bed of his parents, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, are revealed at Anne Boleyn's childhood home, Hever Castle in Kent.

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Ancient face cream tub, medieval belt and animal bones found by archaeologists near Norfolk lake

Archaeologists carrying out a community dig in the market town of Diss have seen around 1,000 people visit their two-day excavation.

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