Jess Shepherd

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Warning after ancient Preseli Hills monuments damaged

<b>Ancient rocks at a protected site in Pembrokeshire are being moved, damaged or stolen by visitors, conservations have warned.</b><p>Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has urged people not to disturb rocks at Foel Drygarn and Carn Meini in the Preseli Hills.<p>It is illegal to damage or take the …

Newcastle's Grainger Market arcade to get £2.66m facelift

<b>The roof of a Victorian Grade I listed market in Newcastle is to have a £2.66m renovation.</b><p>Grainger Market's arcade and barrelled roof will be refurbished "at the earliest opportunity", Newcastle City Council said.<p>Work is expected to start in January to avoid the Christmas shopping season.<p>Council …

50 years of fighting for LGBTQ rights

It's been 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales and a new exhibition in London's City Hall recognises the historic struggle of the LGBTQ movement.<p>The Sexual Offences Act 1967 made private homosexual acts legal between men over the age of 21.<p>The exhibition, …

Coventry museum set to open for final time in October

<b>A museum housing a collection of electric trains could close later this year.</b><p>The site of the Electric Railway Museum, next to Coventry Airport, is set to become part of Jaguar Land Rover's Whitley expansion scheme.<p>Landowner Coventry City Council has not renewed the museum’s lease and trustees of …

Fleeing Dunkirk: A 1940 holiday in hell

<b>Christopher Nolan's World War Two thriller Dunkirk hits the screens in the US and the UK this month, dramatising the daring rescue of 300,000 Allied troops from the approaching German army.</b><b>But as they escaped across the English Channel, thousands of civilians were left to fend for themselves. This</b> …

Churchill's painting, Laurence Olivier's wedding rings... Inside the private world of Vivien Leigh

Most people have an image of Vivien Leigh in their mind’s eye. They will think of her, perhaps, in one of her most famous film roles: as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, having her corset laced up by her slave, Mammy, clinging tightly to a bedpost with each tug on the whalebone, uttering …

Marlon Brando

Remembering the Jewish dead

<b>The Brady Street and Alderney Road cemeteries in London's East End are among the oldest Jewish burial grounds in the UK, dating from 1761 and 1697 respectively.</b><p>Both cemeteries were closed in the 1850s, when they became full.<p>A roll-call of important members of the Jewish community from this period …

The Briton who died trying to win the Tour de France

Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins have dominated the Tour de France since Wiggins became the first Briton to win the three-week race in 2012.<p>Back in the 1960s it was a very different picture with the sport's most gruelling event dominated by the French.<p>In 1967, Tom Simpson was aiming to become …

St Fagans National Museum of History's new buildings unveiled

<b>A new entrance to St Fagans National Museum of History - the latest phase of a £30m redevelopment - has been unveiled.</b><p>A new Gweithdy, a sustainable building for craft making, will also be opened. Both will welcome visitors from Friday.<p>The redevelopment project, due to be completed in October 2018, …

Timelapse of museum's new star attraction

Old Wimbledon No. 1 Court memorabilia up for auction

<b>A collection of tennis memorabilia connected to Wimbledon's old No. 1 Court is to be auctioned.</b><p>A net post, pulley system for rain covers, and locker doors signed by John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg, are among the sale's highlights.<p>The vendor worked as a carpenter at the All-England Club …

Celebrating 140 years of St John Ambulance

The volunteers of St John Ambulance have helped millions of people deliver first aid since it was established on 10 July 1877, more than 70 years before the NHS. On its 140th anniversary, here is a selection of moments from the charity's history.

'Thrilling' Gainsborough sketches discovered

<b>An album of drawings by 18th Century painter Thomas Gainsborough has been discovered in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.</b><p>The drawings had been misattributed to another artist, Sir Edwin Landseer, since the reign of Queen Victoria.<p>But after studying the 25 black-and-white chalk sketches, …

What tally sticks tell us about how money works

<b>Not far from where I live is Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, home to art and antiquities from around the world. I often find myself slipping down the stairs to the money gallery in its grand basement.</b><p>You can see coins from Rome, the Vikings, the Abbasid Caliphate and, closer to home, from medieval …

Puppet parade to mark 70 years of Pelham Puppets

Giant puppets and marionettes have taken to the streets of Wiltshire to celebrate 70 years of Pelham Puppets.<p>Bob Pelham began making the world-famous toy in Marlborough in 1947.<p>At its peak, the business had a turnover of £1m and employed around 120 workers.<p>To mark the firm's anniversary, scores of …

Where are the UK's world heritage sites?

As the Lake District becomes a Unesco World Heritage site, did you know these treasures are among 30 others in the UK on the list?

AIDS 1980s video interview collection archived

The largest collection of video interviews ever compiled about the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s and '90s in the UK has been archived in the London Metropolitan Archives.

Pop parade

With new rules coming into place regarding how the official UK Music Charts are calculated, we chart the history of the charts.<p><i>This video has been optimised for mobile viewing on the BBC News app. The BBC News app is available from the</i> Apple App Store <i>for iPhone and</i> Google Play Store <i>for Android.</i>

How a former slave gave a quilt to Queen Victoria

<b>The two women, of a similar age, greeted each other warmly, shaking hands and smiling. One was the most powerful woman in the world - the other had been born into slavery.</b><p>It had taken more than 50 years for Martha Ann Erskine Ricks of Liberia to finally fulfil her life-long dream. And her encounter …

Broken £1K Victorian Godwin table sells for £17K

<b>A coffee table with a broken leg has fetched £17,360 at auction.</b><p>The "unassuming" piece, dating to 1873, had been valued at £1,000 because of the damage, Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset, said.<p>The walnut table received interest from Paris, London and a dealer who was bidding from …

Doubt cast over Dick Turpin's burial place

RESEARCH by a University of York professor is claiming that Dick Turpin, the infamous 18th century highwayman, is unlikely to be buried in the marked …

Archaeology

When gay acts were a crime

Bridge to Tintagel raises philosophical and practical objections

Critics of planned bridge say increased footfall could erode island’s structures – that is, if anyone is willing to cross it<p>Plans for a footbridge soaring high above the waves between the Cornish mainland and the island fortress of Tintagel have caused a storm of protest.<p>The site’s custodians, …

Take the kids to … Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Devon

<b>In a nutshell</b><p>This quirky museum-attraction is filled with working vintage fairground rides, fairground art, try-your-luck stalls and a penny arcade. Board the 1940s ghost train, ride the speedy Edwards’ Golden Gallopers carousel (much faster than modern versions and with original carved wooden …

Vintage

Bone to pick: volunteers invited to rebuild 157-year-old whale skeleton

The public is invited to help reassemble a giant jigsaw in a London museum, 157 years after two Somerset fishermen went out to catch a “great fish” and brought back a northern bottlenosed whale more than eight metres (26ft) long.<p>Their catch was a local sensation: the carcass went on a west country …

Archaeology

Philip Larkin: Examining a life in tea towels, poetry and pornography

<b>Unseen letters, an extensive collection of tea towels and a pair of knickers bearing the words "do not spank" are going on show in an exhibition of items belonging to poet Philip Larkin.</b><p>Books, LPs and ties are among the other possessions that are being put on display at the University of …

Funding for new David Livingstone museum in Blantyre

<b>Funding of £6m has been announced for a new museum at David Livingstone's birthplace in Blantyre.</b><p>It is hoped that the investment from the National Lottery and Scottish government can help to attract visitors from around the world.<p>Livingstone was born in a Blantyre mill in 1813 and spent 30 years …

Fifty years of colour TV

Colour television turns 50 but did you know thousands of people are still watching in black and white?

Cardiff military medicine museum design plan unveiled

<b>Design proposals for a new Museum of Military Medicine in Cardiff will be unveiled at a public exhibition.</b><p>The exhibition, at Cardiff and Vale College's city centre campus, will outline plans for the museum's relocation from Keogh Barracks near Aldershot to Cardiff Bay.<p>The UK government committed …

Battle of Towton protection extended by Historic England

<b>The protected area recognised as the site on which the Battle of Towton was fought has been extended.</b><p>The battle in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses is reputed to have been the largest and bloodiest fought in England, said Historic England.<p>The Battle of Towton saw up to 28,000 soldiers killed on a …