History news

24th April 2014
The May issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our latest issue, Jessie Childs investigates the fate of the Catholics who lived and worshipped under the watchful eye of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I.
18th April 2014
An "unusual" hoard of 44 Norfolk wolf coins produced in the latter stages of the 1st Century and found in south Norfolk have been declared treasure, BBC News reports. The Iron Age coins, about the size of a...
Copyright University of Leicester
14th April 2014
All evidence points to the Leicester skeleton belonging to Richard III, archeologist Mike Pitts has said. In an exclusive interview with History Extra, the editor of British Archaeology insisted that, taken together,...
11th April 2014
The security service spent years investigating a Communist plot to take over the scouting movement in the years after the Russian Revolution, previously unpublished files from the National Archives reveal.
The skeleton of 'Racton Man' - copyright the Novium museum in Chichester
10th April 2014
Scientists may be on the verge of solving the mystery of a 4,000-year-old skeleton discovered on farmland near Westbourne in the 1980s. The skeleton – known as Racton Man because of where he was found – is...
Jane Asher launches Cakespeare (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
9th April 2014
He is one of the world’s most famous playwrights, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Now, to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, the V&A is inviting members...
Ivory okimono of a copulating couple © Science Museum, Wellcome Collection
8th April 2014
An 18th-century chastity belt and phallic Roman amulets are to be used to enrich sex education for secondary school pupils. In an attempt to help students discuss challenging topics, researchers from the University of...
4th April 2014
A Cambridge University museum has successfully raised more than a quarter of a million pounds to buy a collection of previously unseen photo negatives of Captain Scott's doomed South Pole expedition, the Telegraph...
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3rd April 2014
Some 85 per cent of History Extra readers believe that the skeleton discovered underneath a Leicester car park in 2012 is that of former king, Richard III. In a poll asking ‘Do you think the skeleton found in the...
3rd April 2014
Win a pair of tickets to Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts I & II, including dinner and an overnight stay in a boutique hotel. You’ll watch the plays on Saturday 24 May in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre,...
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford/The Bridgeman Art Library
1st April 2014
He is one of the best-known kings in British history, famed for his six wives. But it has now emerged that Henry VIII may have wed a seventh woman. In an article published anonymously in the journal Tudor Matrimonial...
A signed manuscript of The Dug Out - Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
31st March 2014
A signed manuscript poem by eminent wartime poet Siegfried Sassoon is to go on sale this month. The unseen original version of The Dug Out, written in pencil in August 1918 and later overwritten in ink, will be sold...