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Neanderthal Model (c) Trustees of NHM
On 18th December 2015, the Natural History Museum opened a new permanent gallery on human evolution. It features the known history of human, and close ancestor, evolution, from chimpanzees to Cheddar Man. Exhibits include replica, cast and actual…
Kents Cavern. Photo by Tom Gough
Kents Cavern is an important prehistoric cave system, notable for both its archaeology and its geology. The cave system was formed by water in the early Pleistocene, and shows many of the usual geological features of a calcium-rich area. The oldest…
Powderham Castle. Photo by Ted and Jen.
Work began on Powderham Castle by the Courtenay family in 1391, on land that had been in the family (on the mother, Margaret de Bohun’s, side) since at least the Domesday Book. The senior branch of the Courtenay family were the Earls of Devon,…
Dartmoor Prison. Photo by Andrea Vail.
Dartmoor prison, in one of the most inaccessible parts of southern England, was initially built to house prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars. It then held American prisoners from the 1812 War, before closing in 1816. It wasn’t until…
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle is a late medieval castle owned and managed by English Heritage. Its original walls were built in the late 15th century as one of the last traditional personal castles, and it was occupied until falling out of use in the 17th…
The Tower of London by Night. Photo by James Petts
So much history, and so much to fascinate, has centred on the Tower of London. Built by William the Conqueror just outside the City of London, the Tower was both royal home and fortress. It has played host, and prison (and sometimes both) to some of…
RAF Museum, Cosford. Photo by William Warby
This RAF-run museum houses a large collection of aeroplanes and linked items, such as engines, and includes some historically significant pieces, like the world’s oldest spitfire. It has good facilities, including car-parking, a shop and a café, and…
Shakespeare's Birthplace. Photo by Paul Appleyard
Once the largest house on Henley Street, Shakespeare’s birthplace was probably given as part of Mary Arden’s dowry upon her marriage to John Shakespeare, a glover who was later to become mayor of Stratford. Upon John’s death, William inherited it…
Stonehenge. Photo by Qalinx
When I was living just south of Devizes, I used to love dropping by Stonehenge on the way past to London, or Salisbury, or wherever. It was easy to park the car and amble across the road to look through the chain fence, or take a stroll round the…
Hall's Croft. Photo by Allan Harris.
Hall's Croft was the house of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, and her husband, Dr John Hall. This Tudor house has main rooms which are decorated and furnished as they would have been during Susanna’s time, but with some rooms on the first…
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