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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.
Tudor Dog

Lost tudor dog returns after 465 years

A MONGREL DOG who sailed aboard Henry VIII’s ill-fated Mary Rose has returned home to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard after an incredible 465 years away.   The painstakingly preserved and reconstructed skeleton of the Tudor ship’s…

Archbishop joins 900th birthday of Yorkshire saint

Why not follow in the footsteps of the Archbishop of York, with a pilgrimage walk celebrating the 900th anniversary of St Aelred at Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire? The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu,…

Final voyage for Lawrence of Arabia’s RAF launch

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’s RAF launch is making a historic final voyage before going on display at the RAF Museum in London.

Fit for a King – 500 years of Royal Arms and Armour

The new exhibition Fit for a King, showing 500 years of Royal arms and armour, is now permanently on view in the White Tower at the Tower of London.

Victoria and Albert: Love and Art

A charming exhibition at London’s Queen’s Gallery until 31 October looks at the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, from their engagement through to his untimely demise. Franz Xaver Winterhalter, The Royal Family in…

Major expansion at two London museums

  The long-awaited refurbishment of two of London’s most prestigious museums, the Jewish Museum in Camden and the Museum of London at the Barbican, has put them top of visitors’ what-to-see list this spring.

Cliffe Castle Restoration

Cliffe Castle in Keighley, West Yorkshire sees a restoration of its Great Drawing Room to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a museum. BRITAIN talks to Daru Rooke, director.

Sir Richard Branson joins with RAF Museum London to honour Battle of Britain hero

IN THE YEAR of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Sir Richard Branson narrates the podcast on Battle of Britain ace Douglas Bader, on the centenary of the pilot’s birthday.   ON THE…

Thornbury Castle

Royal Retreats: Places to stay

From castles and estates to hotels and inns, Britain has a wonderful selection of holiday accommodation with a royal flavour.

Metropolitan Police: 180 years of policing the capital

THIS YEAR is the 180th birthday of the Metropolitan Police Service. Founded in 1829 by Robert Peel, Home Secretary, the Met has now opened a new museum looking back at police history in London UNTIL…

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