Archive for: August 2016

The gardeners that time (almost) forgot

Detail from a painting from the early eighteenth century showing gardeners working in the garden at Chiswick House by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack (1690-1748)
Posted:
12 August 2016
Posted By:
Emily Parker
Categories:
History Uncovered

How many times have you walked around a garden and wondered about the people who created it?  In many cases, the stories of the gardeners who got dirt under their fingernails and weeded until their backs ached in the 18th and 19th centuries are unknown, or recalled simply as a name on a list of w...

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The story of the Norman Conquest – July 1066

Saxon Frydsman and Norman Knight
Posted:
12 August 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
Your Stories

Join us as we explore the people of 1066 – in just 140 characters. As July 1066 wore on, the Normans were increasingly frustrated at not being able to sail and discussions (on both sides) turn to the character of King Harold. Meanwhile, the wily Tostig was reported to be the guest of King Malcolm...

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Discoveries and excavations at Tintagel Castle

Posted:
5 August 2016
Posted By:
Susan Greaney
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

This week saw the completion of a three week excavation at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, with the trenches back-filled and the turf replaced on Wednesday. The staff and volunteers from Cornwall Archaeological Unit have worked incredibly hard through all weathers – extreme heat, lots of wind and qui...

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10 things to do with wooden bobbins

Two girls with a large basket of bobbins.
Posted:
3 August 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
Things To Do

At Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria, we bring the Industrial Revolution to life – through the story of the humble wooden bobbin. In tranquil woodlands, minutes from the shore of Windermere in the Lake District, Stott Park is the only working bobbin mill left in the country. Once there were ove...

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Digital doubles: how to recreate a ruin for the cinema

Sutton Scarsdale Hall and its digital double Wayne Manor in Batman vs Superman
Posted:
1 August 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

How do our historic properties get to the big screen? We spoke to 3D spatial data specialist Louise Brand, who captured Sutton Scarsdale Hall (near Bolsover Castle) in Derbyshire for its role as Wayne Manor in 2016's Batman vs Superman. What is your role in the special effects business? Louise: My...

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