History & Heritage

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Work begins on restoration of Orkney's Kitchener Memorial

Work to restore the Kitchener Memorial, marking the death of the Secretary of War on HMS Hampshire in 1916, begins as fundraising for a memorial with names of 736 crew lost with him continues.

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Knives, pits, bells and stones: The Yorkshire Dales discoveries telling Anglo-Saxon stories

Take a look at some of the discoveries made by archaeologists excavating farmsteads which were thought to have been medieval on the south-west edge of the Dales.

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HMS Victory to be re-painted in original Battle of Trafalgar colours

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is re-painting HMS Victory, the most celebrated ship in naval history, to make it historically accurate for the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in......

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Archaeologists begin digging at "incredible" prehistoric hillfort on outskirts of Cardiff

Archaeologists have spoken of their excitement at returning to Caerau Hillfort, where they aim to double the number of public participants after attracting 2,000 people last year.

photo of a mural painting featuring a blind man bringing slaves and people with disabilities to the forefront of the image.

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £1.7 million to two projects highlighting history of disability in the UK

A digital archive documenting the Disability Arts Movement and an investigation into eight important disability heritage sites are backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

a photo of a poster featuring a man sitting in a hole and reading a book in Australia. Next to him is a sign that says 'Post Office'.

Marketing that broke the mould: General Post Office puts vintage posters up for sale

An auction of vintage Post Office posters will provide funds for a new museum highlighting five centuries of social, communication and design history behind the postal service.

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Archaeologists find Bronze Age food at prehistoric settlement "comparable to the Mary Rose"

An "extraordinary testimony" to the lives of prosperous people in Bronze Age Britain could lay under the soil of a 1,100-square metre site near Peterborough, say experts.

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"An untouched archaeological treasure chest": Excavations to begin at vale ten times size of Stonehenge

The Vale of Pewsey, where Marden, a house built in around 2400 BC stands, is at the centre of a three-year archaeological investigation led by the University of Reading.

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James V's lost tapestries restored after largest UK weaving project in 100 years is completed

An Historic Scotland commissioned restoration of a set of tapestries as part of a larger proposal to renovate the palace of James V has been unveiled at Stirling Castle.

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Archaeologists revisit Hampshire medieval site where hundreds of graves were discovered

A look back at an Iron Age enclosure at Brighton Hill South, Basingstoke, where archaeologists found a medieval church and churchyard during the winter of 1984.

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Lost JM Barrie play kickstarts final fundraiser for Scottish Children's Literature and Storytelling Centre

A play the Peter Pan author thought was "lost" will return to the academy where it was first performed nearly 140 years ago as a fundraiser for the transformation of Moat Brae House.

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