History Uncovered

Find the answers to your questions about history, read in depth analysis of historical events from our experts and discover the stories of English Heritage sites around the country.

1816: The year the sun nearly died

Giant sunspots on the surface of the Sun. ©NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams
Posted:
20 December 2018
Posted By:
Dr Harry Cliff
Categories:
History Uncovered

To celebrate this year’s winter solstice, we’ve teamed up with the Science Museum to explore the ways that humans have made sense of the sun throughout history. You can learn more about the sun, by visiting the Science Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Sun: Living With Our Star. ...

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Five grand garden parties from history

Wedding party in front of Belsay Castle, 1905Reproduced with permission of Northumberland Archives, NRO 01542/47.
Posted:
3 December 2018
Posted By:
Tom Moriarty
Categories:
History Uncovered, Uncategorized

Gardens have always been places for entertaining. The courtyards of Roman villas were used for socialising, eating and relaxing. The Tudors staged pageants and theatrical performances in their gardens. Middle class Georgians flocked to pleasure gardens, and in the age of the country house the upper ...

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7 ‘magic potions’ grown by medieval monks

Posted:
22 October 2018
Posted By:
Dr Michael Klemperer
Categories:
History Uncovered

Step aside Harry Potter – our monks' garden at Mount Grace Priory is like a real-life version of a Hogwarts herbology classroom. Our gardeners have been busy planting herbs and flowers that the Carthusian monks could have grown here in the 15th century. But you can't buy these herbs in the supe...

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Memento mori: let’s talk about death

Posted:
19 October 2018
Posted By:
Michael Carter
Categories:
History Uncovered

Let’s be honest, most of us, even at Halloween, would rather not think about the reality of our own mortality. But for our medieval ancestors the prospect of death was a feature of their daily lives. Epidemic disease, poor nutrition, famine, basic medical care, inadequate housing and appallingly ...

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