The Origins of the Wedding Cake

Posted:
1 May 2018
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
History Uncovered

The wedding cake is an essential part of most English nuptial feasts, but it has had many different guises over the centuries. The earliest examples, including the 'bride pye', were rather less sweet and often included some gruesome surprises. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about to tie the kno...

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Death and Burial Rites on Hadrian’s Wall

Photograph showing cross-section of burial urns with creamtion remains inside
Posted:
27 April 2018
Posted By:
Frances McIntosh
Categories:
History Uncovered

The remains of a Roman burial site at Birdoswald were the first of their kind along Hadrian’s Wall to be excavated using modern scientific techniques. As part of the newly opened exhibition at Birdoswald, experts from English Heritage and Historic England have analysed the finds for the first time...

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The history of Osborne myrtle in royal weddings

Posted:
26 April 2018
Posted By:
Hannah Silverman
Categories:
History Uncovered

Since the reign of Queen Victoria there has been something that ties most English royal weddings together - and we're not talking about a white dress or a handsome groom. Myrtle, a delicate white flower that grows at Osborne, has been the flower of choice for royal brides since t...

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Things to do in May

Posted:
24 April 2018
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
Things To Do

With two bank holiday weekends and the half term break this month, we've got lots of historical inspiration for all ages. Our historic gardens are transforming as spring comes to a close and the summer season begins. We're also continuing our celebration of Stonehenge being gifted to the nation, and...

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