History & Heritage

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a photo of a model diorama with thousands of soldiers

The museum diorama makes a dramatic comeback for the Royal Armouries Agincourt exhibition

As the Royal Armouries prepares to unveil its Agincourt exhibition for the 600th Anniversary, we take a closer look at the diorama at the exhibition's centre.

Max volume: Curator Ellen Blumenstein puts rock'n'roll centre stage at KW Institute Berlin

New show at Kunst-Werke Berlin takes its cue from a much-loved Guns N' Roses track in order to explore jungle-like aspects of urban living. We hear from curator Ellen Blumenstein.

A man by the sea holding a giant pencil.

National Trust unveils Ode to the Coast poem by punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke

In celebration of 50 years of its Neptune Coastline Campaign, The National Trust has launched a new poem for National Poetry Day, The Nation’s Ode to the Coast, written by famous ‘punk poet’ Dr ......

A photo of a pot and a set of Viking coins and artefacts found in 1950s Chester

Hoard of Viking silver found at castle in 1950 to go on public display at Chester bank

In November 1950, workmen digging near Chester Castle found a small Chester-type pot containing hundreds of Viking coins. Archaeologists are now putting them on display for 11 days.

A photo of a hand holding a small archaeological bone up to sea at Staffin Bay on Skye

Hunter-gatherer community could have drilled burnt bone found on Scotland's Isle of Skye

A 12mm-long burnt piece of bone could have been drilled as a clothing accessory by prehistoric inhabitants of a North Skye community, according to archaeologists.

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George Cross of WWII heroine Violette Szabó goes on display at Imperial War Museum London

The George Cross of WWII SOE heroine, Violette Szabó, who was executed by the Nazis in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in 1945, goes on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

A photo of archaeologists carrying out a dig for a Spitfire at a fenland site in Cambridgeshire

Search for World War Two Spitfire, crashed by pilot during routine flight in 1940, begins in Cambridgeshire

A week-long excavation to unearth a Mark 1 Spitfire which crashed on a routine training flight during the Second World War has begun on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A photo of a brick medieval wall being excavated by archaeologists in the rural County Durham village of Brignall

Archaeologists begin "exciting" search for ancient settlement beneath Durham village

Drone pictures are likely to have identified a settlement established long before Brignall, a village first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and held by Edwin, Earl of Mercia, before the Norman ......

A photo of an archaeologist digging a square within a brown mud field site in Sherford

Archaeologists to open site of prehistoric settlement discoveries to public in Devon

Members of the public are being invited to visit an excavation site at a new town in Devon where Iron Age roundhouses, pottery and bone from as far back as 43 AD have been discovered.

A photo of the reconstructed face of a 6th century man found at a crypt in Edinburgh

Facial reconstructions show how murdered 6th century men and women might have looked

Archaeologists have used a mass burial found beneath an Edinburgh car park to create facial reconstructions of four people from 1,500 years ago.

A photo of a set of bones, from the Bronze Age and possibly mummified

Could Bronze Age mummies have been smoked and buried in British peat bogs? Experts say mummifying could have been widespread

Bronze Age bodies buried in the UK resemble a prehistoric mummy from northern Yemen and a partially mummified body found in a peat bog in Ireland, according to archaeologists.

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