Tagged: history

Dragons and their Origins

Smaug © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - New Line Cinema - WingNut Films | The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, 2013
Posted:
15 March 2019
Posted By:
Carolyne Larrington
Categories:
History Uncovered

Where did the dragon myth originate, and why are dragon stories so widespread across at least two continents? Carolyne Larrington, Professor of medieval European literature at the University of Oxford, investigates. Dragons feature in legend and folklore all across Britain, as well as Europe...

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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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Things To Do in November

Posted:
25 October 2018
Posted By:
Jamie Bellinger
Categories:
Things To Do

As the crisp autumn weather arrives and leaves crunch underfoot, it's a great time of year to get out there and explore England's history. As we count down the days to the Christmas season, stand in the places where history happened. Whether you'd like to take a moment to reflect,  or simply wander...

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How to build the perfect sandcastle in 9 steps

A family build a sandcastle on the beach
Posted:
13 July 2018
Posted By:
Hannah Silverman
Categories:
Things To Do

Historically, building a castle could take many long years of hard labour and money - not to mention the tons of materials needed for construction. It was not an easy feat for even the most skilled builders who worked tirelessly to create some of England's most loved castles. Today English Herita...

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