History & Heritage

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Could a Cornish meadow be the site of a mass grave from a shipwreck 300 years ago?

Experts investigating the wreck of the Royal Anne, wrecked on Cornish shores after returning from Barbados nearly 300 years ago, believe 200 bodies could be buried in a meadow.

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Archaeologists "strike gold" with stinky pickling pond used in HMS Victory build

Digging a metre beneath a slab at Chatham Historic Dockyard, archaeologists have found excellently-preserved timbers used to create mighty ships centuries ago.

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West Dean Gardens launches appeal to restore its working Victorian glasshouses

Backed by Monty Don, West Dean Gardens has launched an appeal to restore two of the Victorian glasshouses in its walled kitchen garden.

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Twitter's LoveTheatre day: Five UK museums where you can find theatre exhibits

From the Prague Youth Theatre to the Royal Opera House, around 300 dramatic groups and venues are taking part in the inaugural LoveTheatre campaign on Twitter today.

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Revealed: The feminist story of the women who set up First World War hospital in Russia

Selina Lock, whose new story is included in a Graphic Anthology of the First World War, says her account of the Scottish Women's Hospital is an unrevealed tale from Russia.

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Who would you pick as a Radical Hero? People's History Museum names list of 100

Manchester's People's History Museum has picked suffragettes, rights activists, politicians and sportsmen on a list of 100 heroes who changed Britain.

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Coffins, boxes, gods and plaques as Secret Egypt dispels myths in Shrewsbury

Curator Emma-Kate Lanyon says our conceptions of ancient Egypt are often distorted by films, books and television - a situation which a special touring exhibition aims to address.

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Artist's Statement: Susie Parr on the Black Country Allotment Society

Susie Parr teams up with Multistory in Sandwell to produce nine essays about allotments in the Black Country. The writer tells us more.

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Bench where Rik Mayall punched co-star in groin returns in fitting tribute by Bottom fans

Following a petition which secured more than 7,000 signatures, the bench from the opening sequence of Bottom has been returned to a Hammersmith junction.

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Rik Mayall Bottom bench unveiled by fans near original Hammersmith site of BBC sitcom

In a poignant and colourful ceremony near the Hammersmith site of the original bench from Bottom, Rik Mayall fans have revealed a recreation of the sitcom favourite.

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Petition opposing closure of Imperial War Museum library receives more than 5,500 signatures

Trade Union members say plans have been made to close the IWM's popular library, claiming they could cause the loss of up to 80 jobs after a £4 million cut in government funding.

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Museum hopes to save vital piece of community history after fire attack on Roman House

Leaders in Dorset are looking to the future following the apparent arson attack which burnt down a much-loved reconstruction of a Roman House in a country park.

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Granddaughter's shock discovery leads to story of World War I conscientious objector who served as medic

The family of a Quaker who served at a French Clearing Station in World War I have donated precious items to a museum after being shocked to see his pay book on display.

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Prehistoric house which was "fantastic" Roman resource destroyed by arson in Dorset

Learning managers at Poole Museum are appealing for information after an attack on a faithful recreation of a Roman citizen's house left them "heartbroken".

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Story of the Derby artist who made the Tower of London's World War I ceramic poppies

When they are taken down tomorrow, the Tower of London's poppies will have been perhaps the most celebrated artwork made for the World War I Centenary. Their success, says Paul Cummins, came out of......

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