The Government of Margaret Thatcher played a crucial, if unwitting, role in the development of modern UK Archaeology. Yet as former UK Prime Minister is buried in London her Conservative heirs in the governing coalition are busy undoing her Government’s system for protecting archaeology and the environment in the planning process. Andy Brockman reflects on this unexpected legacy.
As Channel 4 announces Time Team will not return as a regular series Andy Brockman looks back on twenty years of legendary TV Archaeology and tries to assess it significance and legacy.
Ministers are considering placing further restrictions on Odyssey Marine Exploration and the Maritime Heritage Foundation as pressure builds on the Cameron Government to stop the Banks and Hedge Fund investors backing Odyssey profiting from the grave and property of lost Royal Navy sailors.
In 1460 the first Battle of Northampton saw the forces of the Duke of York, father of King Richard III, assault the fortified encampment of the Lancastrian Army of Henry VI and amid gunfire and the clash of thousands of soldiers win the day.
Ministers Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond are in the firing line as the Ministry of Defence admits Odyssey Marine Exploration is already preparing to cash in on HMS Victory and the remains of over 1000 British sailors without the permission of the Government.
Heritage Daily can reveal a stolen cannon remains in limbo in a Dutch museum tank as MOD Officials admit they knew the Maritime Heritage Foundation had no financial or legal capability to protect the site once the British Government gave up ownership
The plan for American treasure hunting salvage company, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc, to salvage the wreck of HMS Victory, flagship of Admiral Sir John Balchen lost in a storm with all hands in October 1744 has been dealt two fresh blows.
For a number of years the Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have run an advertising campaign for their eponymous real ale, which gleefully takes up the iconography of the Spitfire and those nationalistic backward looking clichés that often accompany coverage of relations with Europe and particularly Germany in the British tabloid press.
In the summer off 2010 my family was on a camping holiday in Sweden. On our first night we pitched