Fragments of Stirling Castle’s 16th-century outer defences have been discovered during work to extend the castle’s main shop and ticket office. Archaeologists working on the site believe that European experts were used to apply the latest Italian military engineering techniques at the castle in the 1540s. The defences were destroyed during modernisation work between 1711–14.
A glass bottle and a long metal cylinder have been discovered in the grounds of the cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, following last week’s devastating earthquake, which may have killed up to 240 people. The objects were found at the base of a bronze statue of John Robert Godley, the Irishman credited with founding Christchurch, which had toppled off its stone plinth during the 6.3-magnitude quake. The glass bottle contains a rolled up parchment but the contents of the metal cylinder are unknown; both items will now be opened and examined in detail by experts in a humidity-controlled environment.
A letter from King George V’s private secretary to John Murray V, the man who recommended speech therapist Lionel Logue to treat the stammer of the Duke of York, the man who went on to become King Geoge VI, has been uncovered in Edinburgh. The letter, dated 18 May 1925, thanks Murray for passing on the speech therapist’s details, stating that they would be sent on to the “Duke of York’s people”.