The remains of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been exhumed from a graveyard in the German town of Wunsiedel to stop neo-Nazi rallies from being held at the site. Hess, who was captured after flying to Britain in 1941, was buried at the site according to his wishes, but local people are concerned at the numbers of far-right groups making pilgrimages to the grave on the anniversary of Hess’s death. A court order in 2005 banning such gatherings had little effect and the church has made the decision to terminate the family’s lease on the grave from October 2011. Hess’s bones have already been cremated and will be scattered at sea; the grave itself has been destroyed.
The University of Sheffield has published an interactive version of The Acts and Monuments by John Foxe, a work of ecclesiastical history claimed by some to be second only to the Bible as a resource for researchers of English history, religion and literature. The book details the history of the Protestants who were executed for heresy in the 16th century, and helped create the anti-Catholic sentiments that informed the public policy of English government between 1560 and 1835. The interactive version is the culmination of a project 20 years in the making and can be viewed on the John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments Online website
Staff at Birmingham’s Central Library have discovered musical scores from the silent film era during preparations for a move to the new city library in 2013. Within the collection is the score for the music used as a theme tune for a Charlie Chaplin film dating to 1916. According to the council, the collection of 500 scores and parts represented silent movie music from between 1915 and 1929 and mostly belonged to movie theatre musical directors Louis Benson and HT Saunders.