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.

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 produced.

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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 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.

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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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Inside the exotic Chinese Drawing Room at Temple Newsam, Leeds's Tudor-Jacobean country mansion

With its handpainted wallpaper, the Chinese Drawing Room at the Tudor Jacobean mansion of Temple Newsam is one of Leeds’s most lavishly decorated rooms.

Picture of George IV stroking his giraffe

Curator's Choice: Dr Alexandra Loske on George IV and his cherished giraffe at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion

The Exotic Creatures exhibition At Brighton's Royal Pavilion gives an intriguing insight into early menageries and zoos. See George IV’s ‘liger’ painting for the first time and uncover the......

A photo of a poem by Robert Burns next to a drawing of the poet's face in profile

Burns Night: Robert Burns' desperate letter to his lover featuring the song Ae Fond Kiss

This is the final letter that Robert Burns wrote to Nancy McLehose, with whom he had a brief affair - including the famous song ‘Ae Fond Kiss'.

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The Astronomer and the Witch: Paranoia, fear, imprisonment and a 17th century European witch trial

One of the greatest scientists in history, Johannes Kepler, saved his mother from being burned as a witch more than 400 years ago. Leading author Ulinka Rublack tells the tale.

A photo of an ancient black pot used for transporting industrial materials

An Industrial Revolution genius: This Abraham Darby pot is the western world's oldest coke iron casting

An ancient cooking pot in the collection of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust looks like being the oldest known coke iron casting in the western world, explains Dr Richard Williams.

A photo of the skeleton of a prehistoric person

Hunter-gatherers engaged in violence "very similar to war", say Cambridge archaeologists examining brutal prehistoric massacre

Archaeologists from Cambridge's Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies have found at least 27 "pretty or partially" complete skeletons at a lake site in Kenya.

A black and white photo of a group of women posing for a photo at a conference

War, peace, fines and summits: Six images from the movement to achieve equality for women

From the Boer War of more than a century ago to the first World Conference on Women, held in Mexico in 1975, here are six images from the London School of Economics' new exhibition.

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