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.

Stonehenge 1986–97: a World Heritage Site

Aerial view of Stonehenge in 1985
Posted:
22 January 2019
Posted By:
Julian Richards
Categories:
History Uncovered

In this blog post, part of our series charting 100 years of care and conservation of Stonehenge since 1918, archaeologist Julian Richards looks at the decade from 1986. It was a time that saw Stonehenge, together with Avebury, become a World Heritage Site, in recognition not only of the outstanding ...

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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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