March 6 2015 Latest news:

Bronze Age gold ring

Bronze Age artefacts found in Anglesey declared as treasure

A Late Bronze Age hoard of four gold and copper artefacts, which are thought to be dated to around 1000-800 BC, or 3,000-2,800 years ago, have now been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for North West Wales.

Read more »

15th-century book once held in the Westminster Library of Henry VIII. Image by Steven Haywood

Book that helped Henry VIII to annul his marriage discovered at Cornish country house

A book that helped King Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope, and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall and is now on display to the public.

Read more »

Kroll Combination Unit carrying out high pressure water jetting at Landgate Arch in Rye. © 2013 Graeme Sanderson

25 tonnes of pigeon poo discovered inside historic East Sussex tower

A staggering 25 tonnes of pigeon poo, measuring almost 3ft-deep, has been removed from the 14th-century towers of Landgate Arch in Rye.

Read more »

Hadrian's Wall. English Heritage/Robert Smith

Roman remains along Hadrian’s Wall threatened by unlawful excavations

A series of unauthorised archaeological excavations along Hadrian’s Wall has raised concerns about the impact such activity is having on the ancient structure.

Read more »

Le Mans start Brooklands Double Twelve  9th May 1930

Home of the first British Grand Prix restores historic circuit as part of £7m project

Brooklands Museum set to restore world’s first purpose-built motor-racing circuit as part of its latest developments, the largest endeavour the Museum has ever embarked on.

Read more »

The Stone Age 'Blodwen' Skeleton will be on permanent display at Llandudno Museum

Stone Age skeleton to go on permanent display in Llandudno, North Wales

The Skeleton of a Stone Age woman discovered in Llandudno in North Wales over 100 years ago is to go on permanent display in Llandudno Museum for the first time since its discovery.

Read more »

Lady Members 1955. The Atkinson

Southport museum opens new permanent exhibition dedicated to local area

A range of fascinating items go on display at The Atkinson in Southport as it opens a new permanent exhibition exploring 10,000 years of history along the Sefton coast.

Read more »

Compton Verney. ® 2013 John Cleary Photography

Warwickshire art gallery receives £2.5m towards restoring its historic landscape

Award-winning national art museum Compton Verney project aims to preserve, restore and celebrate an outstanding ‘Capability’ Brown park, which includes a rare, Brown-designed and Grade I-listed Chapel.

Read more »

Daniel Adamson 1981. © John Slavin

Last-surviving UK steam tug-tender to be restored and opened to public

The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded over £3m to restore the SS Daniel Adamson in order to open the vessel to the public.

Read more »

Quarry Bank secures Heritage Lottery Fund support - Photo: National Trust Images

Quarry Bank secures HLF support

The National Trust is to receive £3.9m in grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a major project at Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate.

Read more »

Rocky shore on Druridge Bay, Photo John Williamson

Bright future for Druridge Bay and Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received a confirmed grant of £417,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Dynamic Druridge’ project.

Read more »

Wolsey Angels fundraising campaign, actor Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey with reunited four bronze angels. Photo: (C) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Wolsey Angels saved for the nation

The V&A has now successfully raised the money to acquire four highly important bronze angels originally designed for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, chief advisor to King Henry VIII, and once one of the most powerful men in England.

Read more »

The existing Knot Garden will be restored. Photo: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Funding boost for Shakespeare’s home

William Shakespeare’s grand family home in Stratford-upon-Avon was razed in 1702. Now the site of Shakespeare’s New Place, his last home, is set to become a major new landmark attraction, thanks to a confirmed grant of £1,815,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Read more »

Sailing by St Kilda. Image by Kerry Froud/HWDT

Hebridean sightings of Harbour Porpoises rise while Basking Shark sightings fall

Harbour Porpoise sightings off Scotland’s west coast increased by 25 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year while sightings of Basking Sharks unexpectedly fell by 33 per cent, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Read more »

Blue Whale ©2015 Casson Mann

Blue Whale skeleton to replace iconic Diplodocus as Natural History Museum central display

The installation of a 25.2m Blue Whale skeleton will be part of a complete re-display of the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall that will help to relay the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Read more »

Michelangelo bronzes. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Historic bronze figures now thought to be the work of Michelangelo

Experts believe they have found the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.

Read more »

Osborne House self catering cottages. Eileen Long Photogrsphy/English Heritage

Part of Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight retreat opened as holiday accommodation

English Heritage opens up an exclusive area of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight as a holiday cottage.

Read more »

Veil Nebula Detail ® J.P Metsavainio

2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition launched

The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, launches the 2015 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – its annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos, whether they are striking pictures of vast galaxies millions of light years away, or dramatic images of the night sky much closer to home.

Read more »

The new bridge being installed at Harlech Castle. © 2014 Eye Imagery

Harlech Castle’s original historic entrance accessible for first time in over 600 years

A £6m project sees a new bridge installed at Harlech Castle allowing visitors to enter the site through the original historic entrance for the first time in over 600 years.

Read more »

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle set to open to public following £12m restoration

Cardigan Castle will be opening its door to the public this April having previously been unoccupied since 1996.

Read more »

Dulwich Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery challenges visitors to spot a fake

From 10 February, visitors to Dulwich Picture Gallery will be set the challenge to identify a Chinese replica among the 270 Old Master paintings on display.

Read more »

Winston Churchill coin. Royal Mint

Sir Winston Churchill limited edition £20 coin released

The Royal Mint is commemorating 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill with a new limited edition £20 coin.

Read more »

Sword pommel. ©Manx National Heritage/John Caley

Isle of Man’s striking Viking artefacts go on loan for major exhibition in Cornwall

Manx National Heritage is loaning some of the Isle of Man’s Viking artefacts for a major exhibition, called Viking Voyagers, at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Read more »

Cai Guo-Qiang, 'Unmanned Nature' 2008. Collecton of the artist. Photographer Seji Toyonaga, courtesy Hiroshima City Museum

Manchester’s Whitworth art gallery set to reopen after £15m redevelopment

The Whitworth art gallery, part of The University of Manchester, will reopen its doors on 14 February following a £15 million transformation.

Read more »

The Futuristic station at Southgate was constructed in 1933. English Heritage

The English Railway Station: Architectural gems revealed in English Heritage book

While trains may not always run on time, the architectural delights of many of Britain’s historic railway stations have long provided a point of interest during the daily commute, as demonstrated in ‘The English Railway Station’, a new book by Steven Parissien, published by English Heritage, which charts over 200 years of architectural and social advancement. Click on the gallery link below to view a selection of images from the book.

Read more »

Anglo Saxon coin hoard discovered. Image by Guy Massey

Incredible hoard of Anglo Saxon coins discovered in Buckinghamshire

One of the largest hoards of ancient coins to be uncovered in Britain has been discovered in Buckinghamshire.

Read more »

Moat Brae

Dumfries house that inspired author of ‘Peter Pan’ set to become centre for children’s literature

The Peter Pan Trust has received significant funding towards its goal of converting the Dumfries house that inspired JM Barrie to write ‘Peter Pan’ into a centre for children’s literature and storytelling.

Read more »

Cadillac Seville owned by Elvis

Cadillac owned by Elvis now on display in the UK

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has added Elvis’s 1977 Cadillac Seville to its collection.

Read more »