History & Heritage

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a photo of a framed poem signed by Robert Burns

Robert Burns admits to being worse for wear in poetic response to party invite

A recently rediscovered and authenticated Burns manuscript in which the Bard responds to a party invite and admits to having a hangover is to go on show to the public at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery.

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Archaeologists find remarkably rare preserved Middle Saxon cemetery with wooden coffins

Archaeologists find remarkably preserved Anglo-Saxon plank-lined graves and tree-trunk coffins dating from the 7th-9th century AD at a site in East Anglia.

a photo of a wooden chair with an iron attachment

Curator's Choice: The Scold's Thew - a medieval punishment for women only at Ipswich Museum

Anton Roberts talks about the Scold's Thew - a medieval punishment device designed to punish property-less poor women who "made trouble with their neighbours".

a small ceramic head in the shape of a lion

Archaeologists uncover the stage and other treasures at Shakepseare's Curtain Theatre

Archaeologists have unearthed yet more treasures and the original stage during their dig at the Shakespearean Curtain Theatre in London's Shoreditch.

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Wold Newton hoard of Roman coins secured by Yorkshire Museum

Following a crowd funding campaign, the Yorkshire Museum has secured a stunning hoard of Roman coins found by a metal detectorist near the village of Wold Newton, East Yorkshire, in 2014.

a side by side image showing a painting of a woman in Victorian dress and an x-ray of the same

X-ray of painting solves mystery surrounding portrait of Catherine Dickens

Staff at the The Dickens Museum have found themselves swinging from dismay to elation as X-rays have been used to investigate the truth hidden inside a treasured portrait of Catherine Dickens by......

a poster with a slogan in red and prints of rifle barrels a bloodied hand prints

Radical poster pioneer Paul Peter Piech celebrated at People's History Museum

A major retrospective of the career of artist, humanitarian and radical poster campaigner Paul Peter Piech opens at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond dives headlong into mental health at the Wellcome Collection

Are museums the right place for discussions about social issues, and should their exhibitions tackle them? Rachel Teskey takes a look at the Wellcome's new show, which starts with the 13th century......

A photo of a bygone wrestler in profile, part of grunts and grapples at tunbridge wells

Grunts and Grapples: These are the stars who made wrestling great for four decades in Britain

In its World of Sport slot on Saturday teatime, wrestling became an ITV ratings winner between 1955 and 1989. Now a new exhibition in Tunbridge Wells is showing off costumes, posters and a Jeremy......

A photo of an early example of an artificial right leg, made for Erskine House between 1914 and 1918

This is the only surviving artificial leg made in Glasgow for a limbless First World War soldier

This is the only known surviving Erskine leg. It’s a right leg made for Erskine House - then known as a hospital for limbless sailors and soldiers - at some point between 1916 and 1918.

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