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A photo of a wooden box assembled by the Victorian horticulturalist Peter Veitch and held at the Garden Museum

Object of the Week: A wooden box assembled by a Victorian plant hunter around Europe

Tenacity and determination were highly prized attributes of plant hunters, as they faced both extreme danger and disappointment. Peter Veitch, of a family horticultural dynasty, was one of the best.


a photo of a semi translucent and transparent jellyfish in a dark ocean

A first glimpse: Ten images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 competition

Wrestling komodo dragons, an ethereal octopus and a thirsty squirrel are among the creatures captured on camera by the finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 competition.


A photo of the skull and teeth of a skeleton found by archaeologists at Durham Cathedral and believed to date from the Battle of Dunbar

Durham skeletons were pipe-smoking young prisoners of war kept in cathedral after Battle of Dunbar

Radiocarbon dating on dozens of skeletons found at Durham's Palace Green in 2013 has revealed the bodies belonged to Scots battling Oliver Cromwell, say archaeologists.

History & Heritage

A photo of graffiti scrawled into an ancient wall at the National Civil War Centre in Newark

This is what graffiti from more than 400 years ago looks like: National Civil War Centre saves schoolboy names in walls

The names of schoolboys scrawled into walls in the 16th century home of the National Civil War Centre have been saved after an 18-month operation to jack up the roof of the building.

Science & Nature

A black and white photo of men standing in a mine at the UK's largest salt mine in Winsford, Cheshire

The vault beneath the UK's largest salt mine where thousands of earth cores from prehistoric London are stored

35 million years of London's geology is preserved 150 metres underground in a Cheshire salt mine. Take a look inside.

Painting & Drawing

a painting of an Indian woman wearing an orange sari

Akash Bhatt's tender study of his mother scoops The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

First Prize in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and £10,000 goes to Akash Bhatt's tender study of his mother.

Military History

A photo of the folded ensign of HMS Warspite in a box

Fragile ensigns from Battle of Jutland unfurled at Portsmouth National Museum of Royal Navy

Ensigns from the First World War Battle of Jutland, some damaged in battle, have been unveiled together at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for the first time since 1916.

Curator's Choice

A photo of a glowing Manga character at Tate Liverpool, from Pierre Huyghe’s One Million Kingdoms – part of the new collection display, DLA Piper Series: Constellations

Curator's Choice: Dystopian Manga in Pierre Huyghe's One Million Kingdoms at Tate Liverpool

Mike Pinnington, the gallery's Content Editor, on how being "a sucker" for Japanese Anime and Manga films led him to love a work in the new DLA Piper Series: Constellations exhibition.


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