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.

Victoria Pendleton: My Day as a Jousting Knight

Victoria in full armour next to her horse, Duke with Kenilworth Castle in the background
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19 July 2017
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Victoria Pendleton
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Victoria Pendleton is a double Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist, amateur jockey and has been a contestant on Britain's Strictly Come Dancing. But how will she take to England's oldest national sport of jousting? We challenged Pendleton to a jousting bootcamp at Kenilworth Castle to see how the str...

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How do you look after Roman treasures?

Stone relief of the Roman goddess Sol
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13 April 2017
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English Heritage
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We go behind the scenes with English Heritage Conservator Leesa Vere-Stevens as a new exhibition and redevelopment project get underway at Hadrian's Wall. She tells us how she’s helping to redisplay the world-famous collections at Corbridge Roman Town  – and why chiselling and forklift truck d...

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To Conserve or Restore, that is the question…

Brodworth Hall in the 1990s (left © John Critchley, right © Historic England Archive)
Posted:
28 March 2017
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Bethany L Ronksley
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Behind the Scenes

If you visit Brodsworth Hall and Gardens today you will see beautifully manicured pleasure gardens and a lovingly preserved country house. But this was not always the case. When we first took over the care of this historic place, we faced a quandary.  Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in South York...

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

Professor Ronald Hutton, chair of the blue plaques panel
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10 February 2017
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Professor Ronald Hutton
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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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