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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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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.

Queen for nine days, the extraordinary story of Lady Jane Grey

We uncover the poignant story of the queen who ruled for nine days before being deposed and beheaded.

Britain’s acting icons before they were famous

The launch of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s new Heritage Project allows unprecedented access to its digital archives and fascinating snapshots of Britain’s acting icons before they became household names.

Nelson, Navy and Nation

On Trafalgar Day, and throughout the year, in a fascinating permanent gallery the National Maritime Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy and its staggering effect on the British people of the 19th century.

Tudor of the Month: Lady Margaret Douglas

Together with Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas tackles Lady Margaret Douglas, who features in the latest issue of BRITAIN. Lady Margaret Douglas lived an incident-packed life. She experienced almost everything that…

Beautiful Brompton: support suffragette’s cemetery

This week, with the release of the film Suffragette, Brompton Cemetery in west London, the final resting place of Emmeline Pankhurst, makes an urgent request for public support for its restoration.

Who killed Lord Darnley? BRITAIN investigates

Lord Darnley, the spouse of Mary, Queen of Scots, was not a good husband, so when he and his manservant were found dead at Kirk o’Field in 1567, suspicion fell on his famous wife, but…

Edward IV: the first Yorkist king

Jeffrey James, author of book Edward IV: Glorious Son of York, introduces the charismatic older brother of King Richard III, a key figure in the Wars of the Roses.

Highclere Castle. Credit: Tony Harris/PA Pics

Life inside the real Downton Abbey

Listen to audio extracts from our exclusive chat with Lady Carnarvon, mistress of Highclere Castle – setting of everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey