December 22 2014 Latest news:

London's Garden Bridge

London Garden Bridge plans approved

Plans for a 6000sq m pedestrian footbridge in London featuring a new public garden free and open to all, has today (19 December 2014) won the backing of the Mayor of London’s office.

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Racton Man. Image by Peter Langdown

Bronze Age skeleton reveals historic secrets

Specialists from England, Wales and Scotland have spent months scientifically analysing a Bronze Age skeleton found with one of the earliest bronze weapons discovered in the UK.

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HMS M.33 pre-restoration

Volunteers wanted to work at new First World War ship attraction opening in 2015

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will see HMS M.33 join its ranks in August 2015 as the only First World War ship to open to the public in time for her centenary.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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Sword pommel. © York Museums Trust

Viking treasure hoard on display in Yorkshire following conservation work

The Bedale Hoard reveals intricate Viking metalwork after months of conservation work sheds new light on Yorkshire’s Viking history.

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Lusitania at Liverpool. National Museums Liverpool

New Liverpool gallery dedicated to the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania

The Merseyside Maritime Museum will be opening a new gallery on 27 March 2015 to tell the story of the sinking of Lusitania during the First World War.

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Skomer Island. © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales, all rights reserved

Skomer announced as Wales’ first Marine Conservation Zone

Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast has been designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, making it the first such zone in Wales.

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Riverside at Nine Elms. ©Ballymore - Embassy Gardens

London design competition launched for new Thames bridge

Designs for a new bridge across the River Thames in London are expected to come flooding in as a competition has been launched internationally today (8 December 2014).

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On display at Ordsall Hall, Salford from 7 December. Photo: Nick Harrison

Britain’s oldest bed returns to Ordsall Hall

A bed, believed to be the oldest in Britain, dating to the 1570s, and lost for centuries, recently turned up at auction by Bonhams of London following a mysterious journey over 400 years.

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Goldfinch. 
©Lorne Gill

Scotland’s terrestrial birds decline in number

The latest figures released show a decline in the numbers of Scotland’s terrestrial breeding birds found in recent years.

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Discover Britain gets silver at British Travel Awards

Discover Britain gets silver at 2014 British Travel Awards

Discover Britain has been awarded silver in the Best Consumer Holiday Magazine category at this year’s British Travel Awards.

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Concorde. Image by Martin Chainey

Concorde to get permanent home at new Aerospace Centre

The story of Bristol’s aerospace industry will be the focus of a brand new centre at Filton airfield, one of the birthplaces of British aviation industry.

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Bronze Age artefacts. Image by Robin Maggs © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Bronze Age artefacts declared as treasure

Bronze Age sword blade fragments, a scabbard fitting and a multi-edged knife are among the artefacts that have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Pembrokeshire.

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Great Tapestry of Scotland, Battle of Bannockburn panel. Image by Alex Hewitt

Stirling Castle to display Great Tapestry of Scotland

Witness over 42 million years of Scottish history as Stirling Castle plays host to the Great Tapestry of Scotland in its entirety.

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National Videogame Archive

New National Videogame Archive to open in Nottingham

The National Media Museum has formed a cultural collection charting the history of videogames that will be opening to the public in spring 2015.

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Harvard House

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust opens Harvard House to the public

Harvard House, a Grade I-listed Elizabethan town house in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon has been opened as a new visitor attraction this month (November 2014).

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Features of the transformed Walpole Park. Photo: Peter Cook

Ealing’s historic Walpole Park now open

Recently opened to the public, Walpole Park in Ealing is part of the major restoration of Sir John Soane’s Grade I listed historic country home Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, on the northeast side of the park.

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Elgin Cathedral. Crown Copyright Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland to give away thousands of free attraction tickets to celebrate St Andrew’s Day

Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness are among 35 of Historic Scotland’s winter ticketed attractions participating in a free ticket giveaway.

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Tower Bridge, London. ©visitlondonimages/ britainonview

London’s Tower Bridge unveils new glass floor for high-level walkways

The addition of new glass floor panels in the high level walkways of Tower Bridge will allow visitors to get a unique view of bridge lifts and the world below.

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A Beginning and an End, Glencoe, Scotland. By Mark Littlejohn

View the winning images from the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards 2014

This year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year winners have been announced, with images showcasing Britain’s beautiful and varied landscapes, from London’s towering skyline to Scotland’s snow-capped mountains and everywhere in between!

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Prize winner: St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Derby. Photo: Tristan Poyser

Church architecture wins prizes

Awards for the best new and restored church architecture have been announced on 6 November at a ceremony held at Westminster Cathedral Hall, London.

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Audley End, Essex. © Robert Smith/StudioHire Ltd

Audley End House in Essex brought back to former splendour for 2015

English Heritage has invested a further £1 million to continue the conservation work being carried out at Audley End.

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Coffin Works, Birmingham

Birmingham’s Coffin Works resurrected as a visitor attraction

Working machinery, live demonstrations and guided tours are now all part of the newly opened Newman Brothers experience at the Coffin Works in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

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Doctor Who's Tardis on top of Caerphilly Castle. © Cadw, Welsh Assembly Government (Crown Copyright)

Cadw celebrates 30 years with 30 fascinating facts

Today (29 October), Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, marks 30 years since its creation, so to celebrate, here’re 30 fascinating facts you might not know about the organisation and its iconic monuments...

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Magna Carta

New Magna Carta trails launched for 2015

Six new Magna Carta trails have been created to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the charter.

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Eltham Palace living room. English Heritage

London’s Eltham Palace to open new rooms to the public

One of Britain’s best Art Deco Buildings to survive to this day, Eltham Palace will be opening five new rooms to the public in April 2015 following restoration work.

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Eastbourne Pier. ©English Heritage/Derek Kendall

English Heritage at Risk Register announced

Eastbourne Pier, a Cornish tin mine and the shipwreck Hazardous are among the sites to be added to the English Heritage at Risk Register this year.

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