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.
Henry VIII. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

BRITAIN’s New Year Resolutions

This year, we’ve taken some inspiration from some famous figures from British history when it comes to planning our New Year Resolutions... Live a healthier life Although the image of King Henry VIII as some grotesque...

Visit Chatsworth House: The greatest estate?

Words: Ed Aves The stateliest of stately homes, Chatsworth House has beguiling good looks, an extraordinary art collection and a remarkable history The first glimpse of Chatsworth is unforgettable. Approaching the house, a harmonious ensemble of...

Gunpowder, treason and plot: The (almost) explosive story of Guy Fawkes

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, so the poem goes, but what was the true story behind the Gunpowder Plot – and was its protagonist Guy Fawkes really a freedom fighter or a fool? A clerk...

Restoring Stowe House

Stowe House is a stately home with a difference, where schoolchildren work alongside conservators to keep its spirit alive Today, visitors to Stowe House travel along the tree-lined Stowe Avenue from Buckingham, northeast of Oxford. En...

Curating the Crown: Tracy Borman’s insider’s guide to London

Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman shares the highlights of the job and reveals her favourite haunts Author of biographies on Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Thomas Cromwell, as well as the...
Couture chocolate. Credit: Jose Lasheras

London’s chocolate heritage

Once dens of debauchery and political plotting, the capital’s chocolate shops have a rich history. Today they are an altogether sweeter affair, writes Oonagh Turner Wander down St James’s clubland and you’ll be greeted with...

Sutton Hoo: the story behind Netflix’s new film The Dig

In a sleepy corner of Suffolk, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time took place WORDS: Richard Ginger A major new film from Netflix shines the spotlight on one of the greatest archaeological discoveries...

Portals to the past: The history of London’s blue plaques

Scattered across London in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life Words: Jessica Tooze On a quiet Chelsea street between the River Thames and the bustling King’s Road, the odd passer-by...

Remember your ‘roots’ this Halloween

Why not return to your ‘roots’ this Halloween and rediscover the humble turnip? Long before the pumpkin became the Halloween decoration of choice, people across the British Isles carved scary faces into turnips and placed...
Balmoral Castle

Royal Deeside: Scotland’s Victorian Heritage Trail

Janice Hopper follows the Victorian Heritage Trail in Royal Deeside, Scotland, to discover the land that Queen Victoria fell hopelessly in love with When Queen Victoria wanted somewhere to escape to, it was to Royal Deeside in...

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