29 Jun 2015

Tracking the fortunes of the UK antiques trade online

A new online, interactive map has been launched which tracks the development and history of the UK antiques trade during the 20th century.

08 Jun 2015

Getting to the heart of the matter: CERN’s hidden heritage

A nuclear physicist and an archaeologist at the University of York have joined forces to produce a unique appraisal of the cultural significance of one of the world’s most important locations for scientific inquiry.

08 Jun 2015

The Shame of Art Vandalism in Rome

Rome is a city of great history, art and culture. Any visit should include the stunning attractions, museums and monuments, and witness great masterpieces like The Last Judgement at the Sistine Chapel, Bernini’s Altar at St Peter’s Basilica and She Wolf at the Capitoline Museums.

29 Apr 2015

DNA suggests all early Eskimos migrated from Alaska’s North Slope

Genetic testing of Iñupiat people currently living in Alaska’s North Slope is helping Northwestern University scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the migration patterns and ancestral pool of the people who populated the North American Arctic over the last 5,000 years.

23 Apr 2015

Calculating how the Pacific was settled

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago.

01 Apr 2015

Male impersonators all the rage in the music halls

Drag queens have long been part of popular British culture, but women dressing as men have enjoyed less attention.

19 Mar 2015

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

04 Mar 2015

New Fathers For Justice cancels plans to turn historic sites into effigies of Batman

A controversial activists group have “postponed” their campaign plans to turn the historic heritage sites of Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex and the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset into giant effigies of “Batman.”

26 Feb 2015

Humour in the 13th century: This made them laugh out loud

We tend to think of the Middle Ages as grotesque and dreary. However, 13th century elites made use of laughter quite deliberately – and it resounded most loudly when it was at someone else’s expense.

26 Feb 2015

Bejewelled backdrop to coronations did not cost a king’s ransom

Research into England’s oldest medieval altarpiece – which for centuries provided the backdrop to Westminster Abbey coronations – has revealed that it cost no more than the rather unprincely equivalent of eight cows.

24 Feb 2015

Asian tree rings explain historical plague outbreaks in Europe

An interdisciplinary consortium of researchers from Oslo University and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, for the first time, demonstrate that climate-driven plague outbreaks in Asia were repeatedly transmitted over several centuries into southern European harbors.

20 Feb 2015

England’s immigrants in the Middle Ages

A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched today by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and The National Archives.

19 Feb 2015

Historic tide gauge data to shed light on ancient tsunamis

By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.

19 Feb 2015

New insights into origins of the world’s languages

Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as ‘Indo-European languages’, are the modern descendants of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago.

Credit : Markus Milligan
05 Feb 2015

10 Hidden Historic Sites in London

10 virtually unknown historic sites across London

21 Jan 2015

MAXICULTURE boosts initiatives in digital culture

Digital technologies provide a unique opportunity to preserve, access and spread our cultural heritage. But what are their socio-economic and technological impacts?

20 Jan 2015

Mons Meg leaves Edinburgh Castle for MOT

The six tonne cannon was transported from Edinburgh Castle for specialist restoration and conservation work.

22 Dec 2014

£3.3m investment in empty historic buildings

£3.3m is being invested to transform unused historic buildings into wealth generating businesses in three towns and cities across the UK

22 Dec 2014

Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered

New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.

17 Dec 2014

Virtual view for some of Scotland’s most iconic heritage sites

Google Street View has launched a new collection of historic Scottish sites, allowing people to now explore a number of the nation’s picturesque castles, forts and abbeys from their phone, tablet or computer.

16 Dec 2014

Images in Roman mosaics meant to dispel the envious

Driving away bad luck, the evil eye and, in short, envious people—this was one of the purposes of mosaics in Ancient Rome, according to research coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), which analyzed rituals and magic practices in these artistic representations.

14 Dec 2014

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food

Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield.

08 Dec 2014

Leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness – ancient horse DNA revealed human breeding preferences

White coat with black spots: almost every child knows “Lilla Gubben” the horse of Pippi Longstocking. But what about the popularity of spotted and speckled horses (so called leopard complex spotting) during the last millennia?

03 Dec 2014

First study of “Golden Age” mandolins unlocks secret s of their beauty

Analyzing varnishes and decorations could provide a new way to identify mandolin “Old Masters”

03 Dec 2014

Mary Rose dog was a he, not a she

A team of international scientists have discovered that the smallest member of the Mary Rose crew – the ship’s dog – was a he, and not a she as was previously believed.

01 Dec 2014

Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early science

Two researchers have published a paper advancing our understanding of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek mechanism that modeled the known universe of 2,000 years ago.

25 Nov 2014

Flower links civil war, natural history and ‘The Blood Of Heroes’

On August 14, 1864, in a Union Army camp in Georgia, a captain from Wisconsin plucked a plant, pressed it onto a sheet of paper, wrote a letter describing the plant as “certainly the most interesting specimen I ever saw,” and sent it with the plant to a scientist he called “Friend” in Wisconsin.

24 Nov 2014

Recreating clothes from the Iron Age

A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, it is hoped the tunic will inspire Norwegian fashion designers.

15 Nov 2014

Tell-tales of war: Traditional stories highlight how ancient women survived

Through the ages, women have suffered greatly because of wars. Consequently, to protect themselves and their offspring, our female ancestors may have evolved survival strategies specific to problems posed by warfare, says Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon in the US.

13 Nov 2014

What does it mean to be English?

An epic new history of England offers some eye-catching conclusions on Englishness – suggesting, among other things, that a “remarkable” level of cultural unity and a relative openness to other cultures are both key components of English national identity.

09 Nov 2014

Rutherford’s secret WW1 mission helped pioneer ‘sonar’

Manchester scientist Ernest Rutherford – famed for “splitting the atom” – also deserves better recognition for helping to pioneer a system we now know as sonar as part of a top secret World War One defence project.

30 Oct 2014

Heritage at Risk – 2014

Eastbourne Pier, industrial treasures and the shipwreck Hazardous have been added to the Register. 15 years on from the first Register, we have the most comprehensive view of the state of our heritage to date, but there’s more to be done.

29 Oct 2014

Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?

Some of mankind’s earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements—including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge—may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as “supernatural.”

09 Oct 2014

New Online Encyclopaedia Devoted to World War I is Now Accessible

A new encyclopaedia includes contributions from 1,000 experts from 54 countries.

01 Oct 2014

SEEMPUBS: maximum energy savings with minimum interventions for historic buildings

Europe’s historic buildings attract visitors from across the world. However, keeping the popular historic sites energy-efficient without significant construction works can be somewhat of a challenge. The EU-funded project SEEMPUBS plans on using a new ICT-based monitoring, visualisation and control system to reduce the buildings’ energy consumption, cope with already-installed energy systems and avoid potential damages caused by crucial building interventions.

30 Sep 2014

Council blind spot over hillfort housing jeopardises county plan, warn campaigners

Shropshire Council is gambling with public money and elector confidence by keeping housing allocations by Old Oswestry hillfort in its development masterplan, say campaigners.

Philip Clegg, Production Director of Mabey Bridge presents the Mayor of Chepstow, Cllr Ned Heywood with a commemorative certificate on the completion of stabilisation work.

Pictured left to right: Tim Ryan (Severn Princess Restoration Group), Philip Clegg (Mabey Bridge), Ashley Flounders, Joshua Jones and Joseph Covell (Mabey Bridge apprentices), Cllr Ned Heywood, Richard Jones (Severn Princess Restoration Group), Gary Bollen (Severn Princess Restoration Group volunteer)
18 Sep 2014

First Phase of Severn Princess restoration completed

Mabey Bridge apprentices successfully stabilise historic vessel ready for next stage of restoration

16 Sep 2014

How the British treated ‘hardcore’ Mau Mau women

New research on the treatment of ‘hardcore’ female Mau Mau prisoners by the British in the late 1950s sheds new light on how ideas about gender, deviancy and mental health shaped colonial practices of punishment.

04 Sep 2014

History of the peoples of Africa: the role of agriculture

What phenomenon enabled the demographic growth of Bantu farmers in Africa and led to their genetic differentiation from the Pygmy hunter-gatherer communities?

04 Sep 2014

Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots

By the end of the Roman Empire, humanity had crossed a critical threshold of social organization that allowed more people to take advantage of economies of scale, says anthropologist Aaron Stutz. “The Consummation of Empire,” by Thomas Cole, portrays the wealth and culture of the period.