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A photo of a gold archaeological ring found in Wales

A gold medieval ring, a silver finger band and Roman soldiers' pay: The new archaeological treasures of Wales

See the hoard of roman silver coins, gold medieval ring and 12th century silver finger band which have been declared with the guidance of National Museum Wales.


A photo of a 15th century

Curators find faint ancient writing on back of "recycled" medieval Judas painting covered in dirt and faeces

A rare surviving church painting from the medieval period, conserved by the Fitzwilliam Museum after arriving covered in dirt, varnish and faeces, could have listed the ten commandments on its reverse.


A photo of an archaeological ball with a gold coin coming out of it

Hoards: The Hidden History of Ancient Britain revealed in amazing archaeology at the British Museum

The centerpiece of the British Museum's new exhibition on archaeological finds, opening next month, will be the enormous Frome hoard pot. Other amazing discoveries are all part of the show.

History & Heritage

A photo of a profile oil painting of a 17th century man in formal clothing

Why didn't Samuel Pepys destroy his incriminating diary? Writer knew his words would end up in print, says expert

Dr Kate Loveman, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester's School of English, says Samuel Pepys suspected his famous diary would be printed - and took steps to protect his reputation.

Science & Nature

200-year-old token found on Dorset beach probably belonged to famous fossil-finder Mary Anning, say researchers

Mary Anning, the famous 19th century fossil collector who was revered across the world, probably owned a childhood token from more than 200 years ago found on a Lyme Regis beach by researchers.

Painting & Drawing

a painting of a golden sunset falling behind a green vale of gently undulating hills

Observing the Weather: The Lightbox to explore John Constable and the science of clouds

John Constable's scientific approach to capturing the effect of changing weather conditions on landscapes is to be explored in a new exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking opening February 2016.

Military History

a photo of of the hull of the Mary Rose in Portsmouth

Mary Rose Museum to re-open in 2016 with "best ever", "unrestricted" views of ship

The best ever view of the Mary Rose hull since her raising in 1982 is promised when the Mary Rose Museum re-opens in late summer 2016.

Places to Go

photograph of woman and child creating a clay animal

Get hands-on with clay in the UK: Where to try out pottery and ceramics

Fancy yourself a bit of a budding ceramicist? Or just think you'd like to get creative on a potter's wheel? We've chosen some of the best pottery courses classes and workshops in the UK where you can try it out.


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