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Coughton Court near Alcester in Warwickshire is a National Trust-owned Tudor manor house built on land that has been home to the Throckmorton family for over 600 years. A fine building, but not all accessible, it sits in an estate of managed gardens…
Chalke Valley History Festival is designed to inspire, excite, and inform. Established in 2011 as a fundraiser for the local cricket club, the festival has rapidly grown in size to become the largest festival dedicated to history in the UK. With a…
The Black Country Living Museum is the UK's third largest open-air museum, covering the history of the area from the 1850s to the 1950s. Set within 26 acres of land, it has a range of period buildings, shops and workshops, carefully transported…
Peter Frankopan's The Silk Roads provides a new economic perspective on world history, taking as its centre not Europe, but the 'true middle of the world', 'the halfway point between east and west, running broadly from the…
Canons Ashby is a Tudor home in Northamptonshire which has been brought back to life by the National Trust. The village was first mentioned in Domesday Book, and during the Medieval period we hear of a number of canons behaving badly at the…
Being less than seven miles from the popular, Merlin Entertainments-owned Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle is often overlooked. This is a great pity. While it doesn't have the flash of Warwick, and is much more ruinous, it is perhaps the more…
Warwick Castle has a fascinating history. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was built in 1068 by William the Conqueror on the site of a defensive Anglo-Saxon settlement established by Alfred the Great's warrior daughter, Æthelflæd…
Built in 1510 and launched the following year, the Mary Rose was one of Henry VIII’s new warships, and the largest in the fleet. Designed purely for battle, she saw action during the next 30 years, but sank quickly during the Battle of the Solent in…
Mary Beard has set herself a huge task in writing SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. Her aims are to cover Rome's first thousand years, from 'a tiny and very unremarkable little village' to an empire that ruled from Britain to Egypt. In…
First opened to the public in 1759, the British Museum houses one of the world's most extensive collections on the history of human culture. Every part of the world is covered in this immense building, designed in classical Greek style, and…
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