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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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19th-century Britain timeline

We trace the history of Britain during the 19th century, from the union with Ireland through the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo.

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BRITAIN’s top 10 Lewis Carroll quotes

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are more than just children’s stories, they are also full of philosophy and truisms.

Beatrix Potter, Kitty in Boots

New Beatrix Potter story, Kitty in Boots, is out now

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

10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare facts

William Shakespeare is a part of the fabric of British life, but how much do you really know about the Bard, his life and plays? Here are 10 fascinating Shakespeare facts you might not know…

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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

Bath’s Fashion Museum is set to unveil A History of Fashion in 100 Objects this March, a major new exhibition celebrating fashion 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.

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.

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 Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of the Tudor dynasty.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting.

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