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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.
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1616: Shakespeare and the year of his death

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is being marked around the world this April. We explore why there is no record of his death being marked in London in 1616.

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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare 400 events in 2016

We’ve picked out 10 of the biggest and best Shakespeare 400 events in the UK and around the world, from free online courses to amazing exhibitions, so you can celebrate the Bard wherever you are.

April: Tudor of the Month – William Shakespeare

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores one of the most famous of them all, the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.

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Walk in the footsteps of Charlotte Brontë

To mark the bicentenary of birth of Charlotte Brontë, we bring you some of the cosy Yorkshire places she would have known and where you can now stay.

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Explore Shakespeare’s Britain

To mark 400 years since his death, Chris Fautley explores Shakespeare’s Britain – the places mentioned in his plays – and separates fact from fiction.

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March: Tudor of the Month – Jasper Tudor

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explore the unsung Tudor hero, Jasper Tudor.

Discover the Freud Museum in Hampstead, London

To step through the front door of 20 Maresfield Gardens in picturesque Hampstead is to enter the world of Freud and his exploration of psychoanalysis.

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Celebrate Charlotte Brontë at the NPG

Get a fascinating insight into the celebrated author’s life and work at major new exhibition in London featuring never-before-seen personal items.

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Shakespeare lights up London

A spectacular light show, Shakespeare Son et Lumière, will celebrate the bard’s links with London.

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Tudor of Month: Queen Mary I

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores Mary Tudor, England’s first sovereign queen.

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