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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Spock-like spectre haunts Norfolk railway steam engine ahead of Hallowe'en

A ghostly apparition resembling Star Trek's Mr Spock has been discovered in the port hole of a locomotive of the Wells Walsingham Light Railway.

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Bootle woman's spirit symbol of death in Ancient Egypt revealed for first time in 40 years

Hidden from public view since the closure of a museum 40 years ago, the ba-bird - a coffin symbol from the 19th century - has gone on show as part of a major Egyptology gallery.

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Last British survivor of Gallipoli Campaign to be country's first boardable World War I ship

The National Museum of the Royal Navy says a “stunning immersive battle experience” will await visitors to the HMS M33 when it opens to the public in 2015.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die at the Museum of London

The most famous fictional Londoner has been reinvented and reinterpreted in countless guises over the decades. Rachel Teskey takes a trip back to Victorian London.

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Bottle used to ward off evil spells during 18th century witch hunts found by archaeologists

Archaeologists working on the new National Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire say a green bottle is a symbol of widespread superstition more than 300 years ago.

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Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history at prehistoric hillforts near Edinburgh

Archaeologists studying Ravelrig Bog, which began as a rocky hollow at the end of the last glacial period, have found evidence of human occupation from across the ages.

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Skeleton of arthritis-suffering neolithic woman at centre of archaeological crowdfunding bid

The skeleton of Blodwen, a hardworking woman who lived in Wales 5,500 years ago, will be showcased to the public in style if a six-week, £3,000 crowdfunding appeal succeeds.

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Foundling Museum celebrates Dr Richard Mead - Georgian doctor to the stars

Foundling Museum curator Stephanie Chapman explores the life and work of Dr Richard Mead physician to Alexander Pope, Sir Robert Walpole, Isaac Newton and Samuel Johnson.

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Operation to save UK's last surviving World War II Landing Craft ends in success

An "unbelievably exciting" two-day salvage operation by divers and historians in Birkenhead has raised the LCT 7074, which played a pivotal role in the D-Day campaign.

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Battle of Jutland "living legend" HMS Caroline to become museum in £11.5 million overhaul

HMS Caroline, the lone survivor of the largest naval battle of World War I, will be turned into a major museum - 90 years after she moved to Belfast Harbour.

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In Pictures: First World War fashions from the Illustrated London News archive

Browse our slideshow to get a taste of First World War fashions and clothing, as covered by the Illustrated London News, The Tatler and other illustrated magazines of the period.

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Archaeologists find remains of Roman South Yorkshire during crowdfunded back garden dig

Archaeologists in Swinton say an excavation which raised nearly £2,700 in public backing has been a "huge success", finding a cattle ditch or enclosure and Roman pottery.

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Shattered Roman "3-D puzzle" amphora found at London Bridge is restored

A 1st century Roman amphora, found during work on the Jubilee Line at London Bridge Underground Station in 1999, has been split into 126 fragments by conservation experts.

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Richard III cortege journey route revealed as Leicester Cathedral prepares to bury body

The remains of Richard III will visit churches and landmarks from the King's final days on a journey next March, moving from the University of Leicester to the city's cathedral.

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Archaeologists make “once-in-a-career” discovery of bronze remains of Iron Age Celtic chariot at hillfort

Archaeologists have uncovered a matching set of decorated bronze parts from a 2nd or 3rd century BC Celtic chariot at Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort in Leicestershire.

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