History & Heritage

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Families take to museums around Britain on the lookout for Harry Potter

Fans of Harry Potter are putting their wizardly magic to the test as part of the Harry Potter Spotter Trail, a Kids in Museums celebration of the first ever illustrated copy of J.K Rowling's The Philosopher’s Stone.

A photo of the Hampshire lake where the Henry the fifth warship the Holigost may have been found by archaeologists

In search of the Holigost: Could archaeologists be about to rediscover Henry V's warship?

A wreck buried in mud in the River Hamble, the Southampton stretch where the mighty Grace Dieu warship was discovered during the 1930s, could be Henry V's Holigost, according to Historic England.

A photo of a hooded face which is part of The Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London

The Crime Museum Uncovered: Museum of London's show merges morbid curiosity and real stories

There is plenty to appease a sense of morbid curiosity in the Museum of London's high-profile new show. But there is more to keep you thinking after you leave, says Rachel Teskey.

a drawing of operating theatre nurses and doctors carrying a patient into theatre

Cache of unseen World War Two artworks acquired by National Maritime Museum

Royal Museums Greenwich has acquired a collection of 17 drawings by World War Two artist and Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse Rosemary Rutherford.

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How a museum visit lead the Tonga national team to victory in The Rugby World Cup

Ahead of Tonga’s match winning Rugby World Cup clash with Namibia on September 29, the team attended a cultural ceremony at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. And it seemed to do the......

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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.

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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.

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