History

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.
historical bookshops

Six historical bookshops to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, here are six historical bookshops from across the country Independent Bookshop Week will take place from 15 to 22 June this year, with exciting initiatives and events celebrating independent bookshops...
D-Day

D-Day secrets: Stately homes during the Second World War

80 years ago, D-Day marked a turning point in the Second World War.  Far from the Normandy beaches, a number of stately homes played a pivotal – and top-secret – role in wartime operations Words...
Bletchley Park

Secrets of D-Day: Bletchley Park codebreakers

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Bletchley Park veteran Pat Davies looks back at her time working for Station X, the hidden home of the Second World War codebreakers Words by Natasha Foges Pat Davies, Second...

The D-Day Landings

80 years ago, On 6 June 1944, over 4,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives fighting to free Europe from Nazi oppression during the D-Day landings What were the D-Day landings? The Allied D-Day landings on the...
elizabethan london

Elizabethan London: Royals and rogues

From taverns and playhouses to markets and slums, what was London really like in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I? Words by Neil Jones Elizabethan London A French visitor to England in 1578 waxed lyrical that “rumour...
penwith

West Penwith: Cornish myths and legends

West Penwith at Cornwall’s southwestern tip is a little land apart, with a landscape of craggy cliffs and windswept moors that swirl with Cornish myths and legends Words by Elizabeth Dale Cornish myths and legends in...
ashdown forest

Ashdown Forest: In Winnie-the-Pooh’s footsteps

Magical Ashdown Forest was the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books. A century on, it is as enchanting as ever... Words by Natasha Foges Who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh? The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh, the bumbling “Bear of Very Little...
pichford hall

Pitchford Hall: A day in the life of a historic home

James and his wife Rowena Nason returned to the beautiful Tudor Pitchford Hall in Shropshire where she grew up, 25 years after it was sold and fell into neglect. They are now restoring it...
trooping the colour

Ceremonial events in London: From Changing the Guard to the State Opening of Parliament

From the world-famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to quirky traditions at the Tower of London, there is a spectacular calendar of ceremonial events in London. But what does this symbol-laden pageantry...

10 facts about St George’s Day

How did a man born in Cappadocia in AD 270 become the patron saint of England? Here are 10 fantastic facts about St George’s Day.
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