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The rich tapestry of Britain’s history is full of fascinating characters, imposing castles and literary heroes. From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Britain, the Tudor period to the Victorian era, Shakespeare to Dickens, Britain has a unique heritage like no other. Much of this historical treasure trove has been preserved to inspire us today.

The Battle of Hastings lasted one day. It was one of the longest battles in the medieval world, so a break for lunch was taken

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Huge archive of newsreel uploaded to internet

One million minutes of digitised film – the largest collection of news footage to date – is added to YouTube to create a historical treasure trove.

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First World War warship HMS M.33 opens to public

A small ship with a big history, this unique warship will offer a taste of the ill-fated Gallipoli with an immersive battle experience.

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Secrets and mysteries of historic homes inspire tales

Ten writers rose to the challenge of weaving their imaginations around our built heritage creating some enthralling short stories.

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Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Air Show

See Spitfires scramble in living history representation of crucial Second World War aerial battle at IWM Duxford.

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History of the Tower of London

Many of British history’s most critical moments have taken place within its wall. We pull back the curtain on the famous medieval castle’s history.

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Dickens’ notes solve Victorian literary mysteries

Magazines annotated by author reveal previously anonymous work to be that of Elizabeth Gaskell and Lewis Carroll, among others.

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History of the Great Fire of London

The famous blaze raged for days and its impact is still felt on the capital’s skyline. Neil Jones takes a closer look at the extraordinary events of 1666.

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Tudor of the Month: James V of Scotland

Together with Tudor Times we bring you a profile on a different prominent figure from the Tudor era every month. This month, Melita Thomas explores the history of James V of Scotland, who became king at the age of one.

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Lady Jane Grey proclaimed Queen on this day

As a young girl, she ruled for just nine days before being deposed and later beheaded. We uncover her poignant story.

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The rise of Queen Elizabeth I

The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was known as the ‘Virgin Queen’ for her failure to marry but she reigned over an exciting period of English accomplishment.

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