Newly released cabinet papers from 1984 reveal mineworkers’ union leader Arthur Scargill may have been right to claim there was a “secret hit-list” of more than 70 pits marked for closure. The government and National Coal Board said at the time they wanted to close 20. But the documents reveal a plan to shut 75 mines over three years.
English Heritage ‘can’t cope’ with backlog of crumbling buildings
Some of the country’s most valuable historic sites and buildings are under threat because English Heritage is unable to cope with a massive “conservation backlog”. Tens of millions of pounds are needed to ensure that several sites are not closed to the public because they have fallen into disrepair, ministers warned.
Nazi-looted art found in German parliament
Art stolen by the Nazis has been found inside Germany’s parliament. The discovery, made by an art historian, comes as investigations continue following a huge stash of looted art revealed last month, according to Reuters, citing the German newspaper Bild.
How Mrs Churchill helped win the war
The true influence of Clementine Churchill is revealed in full in an exhibition of gifts sent by royals, politicians and fans across the globe. On display at their former home in Chartwell, Kent, the items show Clementine as central to Churchill’s diplomatic missions, providing social graces and tactful interventions during his most difficult periods.
Britain’s black power movement is at risk of being forgotten, say historians
Britain’s black power movement is being written out of recent cultural history because it does not fit into the “utopian” narrative of the UK being a nation of civilised fair play, a new book argues. The authors of the work, the first detailed history of black power in Britain, argue that an important chapter of recent cultural history is in danger of being forgotten.