March 29 2015 Latest news:

Bettys afternoon tea

Bettys tearooms launches new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea

Fans of Bettys historic tearooms in Yorkshire will be able to enjoy a new reservation-only afternoon tea menu from May 2015.

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Bank staff on steps of Upton House. © National Trust

Warwickshire’s Upton House transformed to reveal wartime history

From 27 March, the National Trust’s Upton House in Warwickshire will be turning back the clock to 1939 when the house became home to the family-owned merchant bank M. Samuel and Co., while the family moved out to the Dorchester Hotel in London to take part in the war efforts.

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Deceiving the enemy as to the state of the  tide, William Heath Robinson

William Heath Robinson cartoon collection saved for the nation

A collection of humorous cartoons by William Heath Robinson has been saved for the nation and is due to go on public display in Greater London from April 2016.

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Private Apartments Blenheim Palace. Image by Mark Hemsworth

Blenheim Palace opens private apartments for 2015

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is offering visitors the chance to visit the property’s private apartments to get a glimpse into Marlborough family life until September this year.

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RNLI water slide

Giant water slide comes to Brighton

Brighton residents are being given a unique chance to enjoy a 100m water slide to help raise money for the RNLI.

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Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Derbyshire

Renishaw Hall and Gardens wins Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year Award 2015

Set in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Renishaw Hall and Gardens has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Garden of the Year Award, awarded by the Historic Houses Association.

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Archaeologists begin main excavation.

Archaeologists excavate around 3,000 skeletons from Bedlam burial ground in City of London

After the development of Crossrail, London’s rail-based transport network, unearthed the 16th-century Bedlam burial ground in London’s Liverpool Street, excavations have now begun in order to relocate the thousands of skeletons found at the site.

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Birch wood comb from Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, dating from the 1400s. © Crown Copyright reproduced courtesy of Historic Scotland.

Historic Scotland launches online gallery of the nation’s historic artefacts

Some of Scotland’s most precious, interesting and unusual historical objects - and the stories behind them - can now be accessed at the click of a button.

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Bolt Cutters, 1973, etching and aquatint, by Jim Dine.

Artist gifts over 200 prints to The British Museum in London

A collection of single sheets, portfolios and illustrated books are among over 200 prints gifted by American artist Jim Dine to The British Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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