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Bog bodies and frogs in alcohol: meet the man with the keys to our past

The director of the National Museum, Raghnall Ó Floinn, talks about his plans to innovate in a frugal age and how to deal with kids wielding Bronze …

Columbus Day: Biggest Misconceptions and Exploring the Era of First Contact

Wildlife<p>Famed painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth created a series of murals in 1927 for National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., including this one showing the ships of Christopher Columbus’s voyage of discovery. (Photo courtesy NGS)<p>Christopher Columbus’s landfall in the Western …

“Roman roads were actually built by the Celts”

A new book by biographer and historian Graham Robb claims ‘Roman’ roads were in fact built by the Druids, the Celt’s scientific and spiritual …

Unusual Pocket Watch From The Civil War With 6 Photo Frames

<b>Unusual Pocket Watch From The Civil War With 6 Photo Frames</b><p>Though photography was in its infancy when the war broke out, its use was widespread. Many soldiers carried photographs of loved ones into battle and for the first time.<p>During the Civil War, Waltham’s watch factory designed and mass-produced a low-cost watch, the William Ellery model. Selling for an unbelievable $13.00, these watches became a fad with Union soldiers. Just as itinerant peddlers had aroused the desire for inexpensive …

Secret Civil War Message Found In President Lincoln’s Watch, 148 Years After It Was Inscribed

<b>Secret Civil War Message Found In President Lincoln’s Watch, 148 Years After It Was Inscribed</b><p>For nearly 150 years, a story has circulated about a hidden Civil War message engraved inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch. Museum curators confirmed it was true.<p>A watchmaker used tiny tools to carefully pry open the antique watch at the National Museum of American History, and a descendant of the engraver read aloud the message from a metal plate underneath the watch face. "April 13 - 1861,“ the …

“People in the Middle Ages coped better with death than we do”

<i>Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death</i> <b>airs on BBC Four on Wednesday 9 October at 9pm</b><p>We spoke to historian Helen Castor about her new television …

From the archive, 9 October 1940: Hot meals for Londoners hit by the blitz

At Lord Woolton's invitation, Mr. Charles Latham, leader of the London County Council, gave an interesting account at the Food Ministry to-day of the adjustable systems by which thousands of Londoners from ruined or temporarily uninhabitable homes, or unable to cook their own food, are now getting …

Richard III Towton chapel remains are 'found'

<b>Archaeologists claim to have found the remains of a chapel built by Richard III after a 16-year search.</b><p>The chapel, to commemorate the Battle of Towton (1461), was begun by Richard in 1483 but his death two years later meant it was never completed.<p>A team from the University of York said masonry …

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Male anti-masturbation device, British

Male anti-masturbation device, British<p>This metal device is one of a number of similar devices which were invented in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to prevent masturbation. A leather strap which would have kept it in place is now missing. Until the early 1900s, many people regarded masturbation as harmful to a person’s health, and it was blamed for a variety of ailments, including insanity.<p>The Science Museum

Longest ever Viking ship to arrive in Britain in ‘flat pack’

The longest Viking ship ever found will arrive in Britain in a “flat pack”, it has been revealed.<p>According to BBC News the 37-metre-long warship, …

Bloodstained George Orwell scarves to be auctioned

Orwell was shot in the throat by a sniper<p><b>Scarves stained with the blood of 1984 author George Orwell, are to be auctioned in London.</b><p>Orwell was wearing the anti-fascist scarves when he was shot in the neck during a battle near Barcelona in the Spanish Civil War in May 1937.<p>He described the …

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Mary, Queen of Scots, to be portrayed on TV and film

<b>Mary, Queen of Scots, is to be portrayed by two actresses on television and film later this year.</b><p>US channel The CW will premiere Reign, which stars former Neighbours actress Adelaide Kane as the young royal, on 17 October.<p>French actress Camille Rutherford portrays the Scot in new film Mary Queen of …

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Great Train Robbery scrapbook to be sold at auction - Telegraph

‘Britain needs police museum’ says crime historian

The fact Britain does not yet have a police museum is “astonishing”, according to a leading historian of crime and policing.<p>Speaking after it emerged …

‘Missing piece’ of Stonehenge Avenue uncovered

Archaeologists have uncovered a missing piece of the Stonehenge Avenue, the route leading to the prehistoric monument.<p>During works to decommission …

Your 60-second guide to the battle of Flodden

The battle of Flodden, which took place on 9 September 1513, is one of the bloodiest battles in British history. The Anglo-Scottish clash proved a …

The Chernobyl Disaster: 25 Years Ago

The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is next month. On April 26, 1986, a series of explosions destroyed Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 station and several hundred staff and firefighters tackled a blaze that burned for 10 days and sent a plume of radiation around the world in the …

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Who Was Henry VIII?

Suzannah Lipscomb looks beyond the stereotypes that surround our most infamous monarch to ask: who was Henry VIII and when did it all go wrong?<p>To …

Death of Lord Burghley

One of Elizabeth I's court favourites died on August 4th, 1598, aged 77.<p>William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, was Lord High Treasurer of England when he …