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


10 things you might not know about Bloody Mary

Discover the turbulent life of England’s first queen in her own right, Queen Mary I, and how she got her fearsome reputation…

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Lord James Stewart, Regent Moray

February: Tudor of the Month – Lord James Stewart

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores the Scottish Lord James Stewart, Regent Moray.

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19th century Britain timeline

We trace the history of Britain from 1800-1899, from the union with Ireland through the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo, plus the publication of some of our greatest works of fiction. Read More »

Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Istock

BRITAIN’s top 10 Lewis Carroll quotes

His Alice books are more than just children’s stories, they are also full of philosophy and truisms. Here are our favourite quotes.

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Beatrix Potter, Kitty in Boots

Unknown Beatrix Potter story to be published

Manuscript for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was discovered in the V&A’s archive after being lost for 100 years.

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Shakespeare on screen

A host of star names are onboard to celebrate the bard as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival marking the 400th anniversary of this death.

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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects

New exhibit at Bath’s Fashion Museum celebrates our finest attire from the 1500s to the present day.

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Mapping London’s history

Huge heritage project to bring together the city’s historic archives on one website wins funding.

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See Cecil Beaton’s photos of dowager duchess

Chatsworth House will host the Never a Bore exhibition documenting Deborah Cavendish’s life and glittering social circle in beautiful photography.

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Lady Margaret Beaufort , Tudor

January: Tudor of the Month – Lady Margaret Beaufort

Together with Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas tackles the mother of the Tudor dynasty.

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