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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Anglo-Saxon warrior splendour: The "extremely significant" new finds from the Staffordshire Hoard

Carried out with a £400,000 grant from Historic England, Birmingham Museums Trust and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery say their new research is “like a giant jigsaw puzzle".

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Keats House refurbishes its displays with more Keats treasures on show to the public

Keats House reveals newly displayed objects from the poet's life, work and ill-fated relationship with the girl next door, Fanny Brawne.

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Ten poignant objects and stories from the Jewish Museum's Journeys exhibition

The Jewish Museum has crowd-sourced its latest exhibition around the theme of journeys. Here are ten of the personal mementos, historic artefacts and fine artworks together with their stories.

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Archaeologists to begin search for prehistoric "hut-circle landscape" in north-east Scotland

Airborne laser scanning and light detection techniques will be used to delve into areas of the Scottish landscape which archaeologists say had previously remained "unrecognised".

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Archaeologists discover burials during conservation work on churches on the Hebrides

Archaeological work carried out before a major conservation project on two Hebridian churches has unearthed graves and other finds.

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Triumph and disaster: Eight exhibits from the British Museum's show on Louis XIV as a Sun King

In the tercentenary year of Louis XIV's death, the British Museum reveals the medals made for a man intent on being known as a Sun King whose rays would warm and illuminate the world.

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A new world heritage site? Ten pictures from the archaeology and history of Wales's slate industry

The Slate Industry of North Wales has been submitted to UNESCO on the UK’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. Here are ten photos from a new book charting its history.

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Summer of Archaeology: Excavations to begin at estate with Anglo-Saxon roots and 12th century chapel

The National Trust is preparing to begin its Summer of Archaeology project at Brockhampton Estate, the Herefordshire site built by a family recognised in a 12th century charter.

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Archaeologists find "fantastic" wooden butter churn and stakes used by Pagan tribe in medieval Staffordshire

Archaeologists who have moved hundreds of thousands of tonnes of earth during a Network Rail dig say they have found artefacts from the time of the Staffordshire Hoard.

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Archaeologists to search York stadium for temporary camps set up by Roman armies at outpost

A community dig is about to be launched at Huntington Stadium, a site where archaeologists found evidence of two 2nd century Roman camps more than ten years ago.

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The 1,500-year-old recipe that shows how Romans invented the beef burger

A discovery in a Roman recipe book shows that burgers aren't modern inventions - instead, they're a form of street food that has developed over the centuries.

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