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New programme, Nelson in his own words, to air on BBC Two this Friday

BBC Two's new drama-documentary, Nelson: In His Own Words, airing 6 March, reveals a different, complex side to Britain's greatest naval hero As Britain's greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson was Britain’s was famed for his dash-and-glory...

Brand new portrait of the Queen to grace UK coins

Today sees the unveiling of the Queen’s fifth coin portrait - the first to be designed by a Royal Mint engraver in over 100 years The ties between the monarch and the UK monetary system The tradition of...
Hadrian's Wall. Credit: joe Cornish/VisitBritain

Historic changes afoot at English Heritage

The organisation that protects many of our nation’s heritage buildings and sites – including Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall –  is to disband to create two “mutually supportive” bodies – the English Heritage Trust and Historic England. At a press...

Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage

A book that helped King Henry VIII to annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at a Cornish country house A book that helped King Henry VIII to build...

Cumberbatch’s Hamlet to be broadcast globally in cinemas

Thanks to National Theatre Live, Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet will be screened live into cinemas around the world Since the Barbican's forthcoming production of Hamlet sold out in record time, fans of its star, Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch,...

Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel visits Hever Castle

As Wolf Hall on Broadway prepares to open, Dame Hilary Mantel, prize winning author of Wolf Hall, visits Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn. As the acclaimed BBC Two six-part series draws to a close, Man Booker...

‘Fashion on the Ration’ at Imperial War Museum

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 1945, IWM London is launching a major new exhibition Fashion on the Ration, exploring how fashion survived and even flourished...

COMPETITION CLOSED: Win: Icons of Women’s Style

COMPETITION CLOSED: Following our feature on the history of British style in our latest issue, we’re giving away a copy of beautiful new book Icons of Women's Style  From the pencil skirt to the bikini and from...

Valentine’s Day 2015: the true origins of this romantic tradition & celebrating with Chaucer

Valentine's Day may be a celebration with pre-Christian origins, but Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to connect the tradition with romantic love and this year, lovers can mark the occasion at a performance of his Canterbury...

Wales Millennium Centre’s all-female ‘Richard III’

Wales Millennium Centre to take on Shakespeare's famed play Richard III with an all-female cast in an unconventional theatre space In an interesting twist of which Shakespeare himself might approve, an all-female take on the Great...

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