General Interest

  • Bosworth Battlefield under threat

    30th October 2018

    It was the Battle at Bosworth that brought an end to the War of the Roses. Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor, ushering in a new dynasty to the monarchy of England and Wales. In recent years the battlefield at Bosworth has been investigated with archaeological excavations and new...

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  • Norwegian Viking ship burial found only half a metre below ground

    28th October 2018

    Archaeologists using hi-res motorised ground-penetrating radar have recently detected a well-preserved Viking ship burial, lying just 50cm below topsoil in farmland in south-east Norway. The ship’s 20-metre keel and timbers represent the fourth intact ship burial so far discovered in Norway. It is remarkable that this one has survived, because...

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  • New research sheds light on downfall of Classic Maya civilisation

    3rd August 2018

    The Maya was one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations, and its apparently sudden decline in the 9th century AD has long been a subject for historical debate.   Now scientists have found evidence which appears to confirm the theory that the large-scale abandonment of Maya city states was precipitated by a massive drought...

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  • Photo archive reveals healthcare before the NHS

    5th July 2018

    A fascinating collection of more than 4,000 photographs uncovered in the Historic England Archive is giving up its secrets after more than 70 years and is now accessible to the public.  Staff at Historic England’s Archive in Swindon recently discovered 4,050 black and white photographic prints taken by the Topical...

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  • Wolfson History Prize 2018 Winner Announced

    7th June 2018

    This year the Wolfson History Prize has been won by Professor Peter Marshall for Heretics and Believers: A history of the English Reformation. We would like to send our congratulations to Professor Marshall of the University of Warwick for his impressive win with an excellent book. A couple of years ago Professor...

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  • Warth Mills Project uncovers last known survivor of World War II Internment Camp

    5th June 2018

    Jewish-German refugee Henry Wuga escaped Nazi Germany at 15 years old, but was arrested and falsely accused of espionage. The little-known history of Warth Mills WWII internment camp in Bury, Greater Manchester, is set to be revealed next week (June 2018) with the launch of a commemorative events programme and...

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  • Wolfson History Prize 2018 shortlist announced

    2nd May 2018

    Six books are in the running for the Wolfson History Prize 2018, each selected for their outstanding historical writing that is also accessible to a general audience. The shortlisted books are: Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination by Robert Bickers (Allen Lane, Penguin Press) The...

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  • May is Local and Community History Month

    1st May 2018

    It’s time to focus on the immediate world around us – yes, it’s Local History Month 2018. Everyone lives in an area of rich local heritage, even if they don’t know it yet. May is the time to investigate, explore and discover the history of the world immediately around you....

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  • Original medieval Windsor Castle revealed in new reconstruction

    26th April 2018

    Historians have reconstructed what Windsor Castle originally looked like when it was built by William the Conqueror in 1071 to deter Anglo-Saxon rebels. Researchers have used a series of archaeological discoveries made over recent decades to determine the original size and construction of Britain’s largest medieval fortress. The reconstruction of that first Windsor...

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  • New X-ray technique sheds light on Syriac Galen Palimpsest

    3rd April 2018

    The Syriac Galen Palimpsest is a fascinating and (until now) frustrating historical manuscript. For several years it has been known to contain traces of a 6th-century translation of a treatise ‘On simple drugs’ by the renowned early physician Galen. However, this original text had been erased and overwritten with psalms in the 11th century, and despite...

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