Medieval Britain

Explore the history of Medieval Britain with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

A reconstruction of a medieval woman's face in profile

Eerie reconstructions show faces and diets of medieval men and women in Edinburgh graveyard

A five-year investigation into hundreds of bodies discovered at a former church graveyard in Edinburgh has revealed the look of medieval residents through forensic artwork.

A photo of a circular dark green ancient medal

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Katie Marsden on medieval finds and a World War I medal

More than 12,000 records have been created since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began in Essex in 2003. The county’s Finds Liaison Officer tells Culture24 about two.

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Archaeologists invite public to see walls, floors, buckles and spoons at medieval manor

Owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury before the English Reformation, Headstone Manor is holding an open day to the public following a month-long archaeological excavation.

A photo of a gold coin with the face of a Roman emperor and lettering engraved on it

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold coins and daggers of war in the west

Kurt Adams, the Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, introduces an extremely rare gold coin and a dangerous metal dagger found by a fisherman.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Medieval rings, Bronze Age hoards and Iron Age discoveries

Jennifer Jackson, the Finds Liaison Officer for Kent, chooses three formidable archaeological discoveries found across the region, including the Boughton Malherbe hoard.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: An Iron Age comb, medieval matrix and Bronze Age vessel

Angie Bolton, the Finds Liaison Officer for Worcestershire, picks a beautifully-decorated comb, a magic seal and an "unglamorous" sherd as three of her favourite discoveries.

A photo of two red and white archaeological measuring poles at a grey stone brick site

Archaeologists investigate lost medieval chapel built to rest souls of kings in Edinburgh

A stone-lined well and a fragment of floor tile indicating high-status usage have been found during a public excavation in search of a 16th century chapel at Bridgend Farm.

the village of Clipston

Abandoned medieval Northamptonshire villages recognised as Ancient Monuments

Acting on the advice of English Heritage, the government has assigned extra protection to a series of important medieval villages in Northamptonshire.

equestrian statue of Robert the Bruce, Bannockburn

Robert the Bruce in Battle: A battlefield trail from Methven to Bannockburn

What really happened at Bannockburn? How important was the battle, who were the main players, and what were the stakes? Come on a journey through Scotland and the north of England to revisit the......

A medieval depiction of a king on his horse accompanied by hounds

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary celebrations for 2015 outlined for Runnymede and beyond

Plans to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015 were announced during a special event held at Royal Holloway, University of London this week.

Digital recreation of Bruce's tomb

Hunterian Museum recreates lost tomb of Robert the Bruce

Uniting pieces of the Bruce’s lost tomb for the first time, Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum has created a 3D digital model of what it may once have been like

A photo of a design for a large square stone tomb with a cross-shaped cut in it

Leicester Cathedral reveals "distinctive" Richard III tomb "imbued with spirituality"

Carved from quarried north Yorkshire stone, a tomb cut with a deep cross will seal a coffin designed by a relative of the king.

A photo of an archaeologist in high visibility clothing standing in a partly demolished site

Archaeologists in York appeal for memories of 1940s buildings at medieval Guildhall

Archaeologists want the public to play an important part in interpreting a site which was visited by Richard III during the 15th century.

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Society of Antiquaries to restore and display Magna Carta for 800th anniversary

Two rare copies of the Magna Carta are to be restored and displayed in 2015 to coincide with the 800th anniversary of its signing by King John at Runnymede.

a section of tapestry showing knights with chain mail

Archaeologists to return to Battle of Hastings site for major dig to preserve remaining artefacts

The Battlefield archaeologist who discovered the site of the Battle of Bosworth is planning a major dig at Battle Abbey in spring 2015 to preserve the archaeology of the Battle of Hastings from......

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