Behind the Scenes

Find out more from the English Heritage team as we work to protect and bring to life over 400 sites around England.

Blue plaques explained: why some people don’t get one

Professor Ronald Hutton, chair of the blue plaques panel
Posted:
10 February 2017
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Professor Ronald Hutton
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Behind the Scenes

The London Blue Plaques scheme is probably the oldest such scheme in the world. It links significant figures of the past to the buildings in the capital in which they lived and worked. The scheme belongs to the people, in that anyone is free to propose somebody for commemoration but the worthiness o...

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In search of Queen Victoria’s favourite flower

Detail from portait of Victoria reduced copy by W. Warman, after Thomas Sully watercolour, (1838) © National Portrait Gallery, London
Posted:
18 January 2017
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Toby Beasley
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Behind the Scenes

As Head Gardener at Osborne I’m often looking for period plants (ones which were available before Queen Victoria’s death in 1901) or specific varieties from the archives. I had a vague memory that one of Queen Victoria’s favourite flowers was the violet, so I decided to do some research. Ag...

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5 Historic Places You Can See on Screen

Camera crew at Goodrich Castle in 2009
Posted:
12 January 2017
Posted By:
Gareth Clifford
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Behind the Scenes

England is full of striking historic places, from imposing castles and prehistoric monuments, to elegant stately homes. They all have their own stories to tell, but sometimes it’s not just tales of historic events. Many of the sites in our care also double as fictional locations or star as themsel...

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