Tagged: Featured

The Origins of the Wedding Cake

Posted:
1 May 2018
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
History Uncovered

The wedding cake is an essential part of most English nuptial feasts, but it has had many different guises over the centuries. The earliest examples, including the 'bride pye', were rather less sweet and often included some gruesome surprises. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about to tie the kno...

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Death and Burial Rites on Hadrian’s Wall

Photograph showing cross-section of burial urns with creamtion remains inside
Posted:
27 April 2018
Posted By:
Frances McIntosh
Categories:
History Uncovered

The remains of a Roman burial site at Birdoswald were the first of their kind along Hadrian’s Wall to be excavated using modern scientific techniques. As part of the newly opened exhibition at Birdoswald, experts from English Heritage and Historic England have analysed the finds for the first time...

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The history of Osborne myrtle in royal weddings

Posted:
26 April 2018
Posted By:
Hannah Silverman
Categories:
History Uncovered

Since the reign of Queen Victoria there has been something that ties most English royal weddings together - and we're not talking about a white dress or a handsome groom. Myrtle, a delicate white flower that grows at Osborne, has been the flower of choice for royal brides since t...

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Pests at home: the good, the bad and the ugly

An English Heritage conservation assistant kneeling on a patterned carpet and vacuuming it.
Posted:
20 April 2018
Posted By:
Wendy Richardson
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

Throughout the country we face a battle against an almost invisible enemy, our weapons a vacuum cleaner, magnifying glass and sticky traps. That’s right, the bugs are coming - and if we’re not vigilant, they could eat our collections… English Heritage staff caring for historic collections t...

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20 years at Down House – then and now

Detailed view of Darwin's worktable with letters, manuscripts and notebooks on display. ©Historic England
Posted:
3 April 2018
Posted By:
Dr Sarah Moulden
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

Twenty years ago we reopened Down House so the public could follow Charles Darwin's footsteps through the place he called home for 40 years. The world-renowned scientist lived here with his wife Emma and their 10 children during the 19th century. While they were here, the ample grounds became Darwin...

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