History & Heritage

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A photo of ancient bottles of whisky on a green surfaced table next to a banknote

Lost bottles of whisky from 1940s shipwreck resurface in house on Scottish island

Two whisky bottles which sank with a steamer 75 years ago have resurfaced following a tip-off by a long-serving archivist on an island on the edge of the Inner Hebrides.

A photo of an iron age cattle tooth from The Archaeology Institute University of the Highlands and Islands

Object of the Week: Iron Age cattle molars from farmland in ancient Scotland

These Iron Age calf teeth from Orkney are being used as part of recent research into cattle and farming techniques from the mid-Iron Age and Viking to late Norse period.

A photo of a cist bronze age burial in orkney, scotland containing the skeleton of a woman

Archaeologists find lamb bone and limpet offerings in coffin of Bronze Age woman on Orkney island

Bronze Age mourners left lamb bones and limpet offerings in the coffin of a crippled prehistoric woman after disturbing her grave, say archaeologists who have rescued a cist on an Orkney shore.

A photo of a male archaeologist working in a field under a grey sky

A connection with prehistory: Artists create film about one of UK's first Neolithic ritual monuments

A year-long set of excavations at Whitehawk Hill, a 5,500-year-old Stone Age monument covering six acres above Brighton, has been turned into a three-screen installation by artists and filmmakers.

A photo of two cassette tapes with writing on it

Mark Thomas and Jo Brand to Josie Long and Eddie Izzard: Six of the best from the British Comedy Archive

Archivist Elspeth Millar picks six of the most interesting treasures in the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, established at the University of Kent in 2013.

A photo of a graphic designed First World War poster appealing to the call of compulsion

England expects: Seven striking First World War posters which urged men to enlist

Within months of World War One breaking out, it became clear that recruiting enough volunteers to win the war was a huge task. Ahead of a new exhibition in Bath, see some of the persuasive posters......

Photo of a slug impaled on a thorn

Object of the Week: "Slug on a thorn", the 120-year-old mollusc used to cure warts

Our object of the week comes from The Pitt River Museum, Oxford and is a 120-year-old slug used to cure warts

A coloured piece of Roman wall painting

Archaeologists discover one of Roman Britain's earliest surviving frescos beneath City of London street

A decorative Roman fresco buried at the start of a huge city construction project nearly 2,000 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists near London's historic Leadenhall Market.

A photo of two young women walking along a street eating chips during the 1960s

Grafters: Visions and Voices of Industrial Society offers amazing photos from the past at Manchester's People's History Museum

Ian Beesley, the photographer and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, tells Culture24 about his exhibition portraying the industrial north which is about to open in Manchester.

a photo of a hand holding a miners' lamp

An illustrated history of the miners' safety lamp

Do you know a Davy Lamp from a Mueseler Lamp? Take a pictorial tour of the development of the miners' safety lamp with the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

The raiders return to Mercia: From shoes to a child's skate, exhibits show lives of the Vikings in Shropshre

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition reveals day-to-day life and the complex concepts surrounding afterlife beliefs in a county which suffered multiple Viking raids.

A photo of a child skeleton

Hide and Seek: Skeletons of Anglo-Saxon and Roman children go on display in Cambridgeshire

Curators say stories of children across history are "rare but not impossible to find" as skeletons and grave goods go on show at Cambridge University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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