History & Heritage

Dig deep for history and heritage museum events and exhibitions, collections and news. Listings from thousands of museums, archives and heritage sites plus features and links.

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Bones used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey to go on show at cinema

After hearing rumours that an Asian elephant had celebrity status, curators at the Museum of Zoology discovered it was part of the 1968 film. Now the bones are going on show.

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Campaigners say BBC could show Time Team special as calls grow for Mick Aston tribute

Organisers of a petition which is nearing its landmark target of 7,000 signatures say they could appeal to the BBC's love of history if Channel 4 does not screen an archaeology special.

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Museums Association says more objects could be "lost to public forever" as venues face more cuts

The Museums Association's annual Cuts Survey has shown a renewed sense of dread among its members, many of whom have warned that future cutbacks could prove critical.

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Army hospital x-rays reveal intricacies of Anglo-Saxon sword, shield, spear and grave goods

Archaeologists have spoken of their excitement after using army facilities to scan a large Anglo-Saxon sword found at the Salisbury Plain site where 27 bodies were discovered.

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Hunter-gatherers use Facebook and watch Premier League football on TV, says archaeologist

A Leicester archaeologist who travelled to north Borneo to see how a remote community views the world says technology should change stereotypes of hunter-gatherers.

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Radiocarbon tests on charcoal reveals Iron Age remains which could be linked to Romans in Scotland

Archaeologists and volunteers have used charcoal remains to identify a large Roman coastal fort or a native settlement from the 1st century opposite a 14th century castle.

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Double burial and warrior body discovered as archaeologists find 21 Saxon skeletons in Suffolk village

A double burial and a “warrior burial” with a large spearhead and dagger are among 21 skeletons found at a housing development site in Suffolk.

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Beautiful Roman "Swiss army knife" is star archaeological attraction at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum

With a spoon, knife, fork, toothpick and spike among its arsenal, the Fitzwilliam's six-pronged implement is its most popular online exhibit. Find out more.

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Archaeologists in Palaeolithic Kent face race against time to reveal Neanderthal climate

English Heritage, Natural England and archaeologists from the University of Southampton hope to discover the climate Neanderthals lived in during a project in Ebbsfleet.

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Virtuoso Georgian painter's story revealed as haul of miniatures shown in public for first time

Assembled over 30 years, a set of works by Turner and Gainsborough contemporary John Smart have gone on display for the first time, valued at more than £1 million.

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Could a Cornish meadow be the site of a mass grave from a shipwreck 300 years ago?

Experts investigating the wreck of the Royal Anne, wrecked on Cornish shores after returning from Barbados nearly 300 years ago, believe 200 bodies could be buried in a meadow.

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Archaeologists "strike gold" with stinky pickling pond used in HMS Victory build

Digging a metre beneath a slab at Chatham Historic Dockyard, archaeologists have found excellently-preserved timbers used to create mighty ships centuries ago.

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West Dean Gardens launches appeal to restore its working Victorian glasshouses

Backed by Monty Don, West Dean Gardens has launched an appeal to restore two of the Victorian glasshouses in its walled kitchen garden.

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Twitter's LoveTheatre day: Five UK museums where you can find theatre exhibits

From the Prague Youth Theatre to the Royal Opera House, around 300 dramatic groups and venues are taking part in the inaugural LoveTheatre campaign on Twitter today.

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Who would you pick as a Radical Hero? People's History Museum names list of 100

Manchester's People's History Museum has picked suffragettes, rights activists, politicians and sportsmen on a list of 100 heroes who changed Britain.

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