Billionaires in bidding war for Second World War command bunker


Rival billionaires are haggling over an abandoned London Underground station that served as the command bunker for the capital’s anti-aircraft defences during the Second World War. Parties interested in Brompton Road station reportedly include the Qatari royal family and an anonymous Ukrainian bidder who, according to the Daily Telegraph, wants to turn the building into a luxury home. The station is being sold off after decades in the hands of the Ministry of Defence.


Magazine accused of portraying Nazis in positive light is to close

A magazine accused of portraying Nazis as heroes is set to close, its publisher has announced. Bauer Media Group, based in Hamburg, said it would cease publication of Der Landser following accusations it depicted Nazi units in a favorable light.

New film explores shooting of JFK through eyes of ordinary people 

The shooting of US President John F Kennedy in Texas is to be explored through the eyes of ordinary people in a new film. Almost 50 years since the assassination, Parkland examines the events from the perspective of the medical staff who treated the president, the detectives who sought his killer, and the man who captured the moment on film.

New website to reveal convict history 

Was your great, great London-born uncle imprisoned for being a Chartist, or your great grandmother transported to Australia for petty theft? You’ll soon be able to find out at the click of a button, thanks to a new website which will bring together the records of 66,000 people sentenced at the Old Bailey.

From jungle bird to fast-food dinner: new project to explore history of chickens


Researchers are hoping to shed light on how the relationship between people and chickens has developed over the past 8,000 years. By examining modern and ancient chicken bones and exploring archaeological sites across Europe, a team of anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists intends to trace the history of chickens. Image: size differences in chicken humeri (an upper wing bone) from an early modern site in Chester, courtesy of University of Leicester 

A record one million people flock to Britain’s heritage sites

More than one million people visited English Heritage sites during the month of August, the highest number in a given month on record. Amid soaring temperatures visitors flocked to top performing sites Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Hadrian’s Wall (Housesteads, Birdoswald and Chesters Roman Forts), Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle.

Great Train Robbery scrapbook to be sold at auction

An archive that gives a picture account of the Great Train Robbery is to be sold at auction. Compiled by Detective Constable John Bailey, the first detective on the crime scene, the archive details the events in a series of scrapbooks.

‘Britain needs police museum’ says crime historian

The fact Britain does not yet have a police museum is “astonishing”, according to a leading historian of crime and policing. Speaking after it emerged talks are underway to create a new Metropolitan Police museum and or exhibition, professor Clive Emsley told historyextra “it should have happened a long time ago”.

Dorothy Wordsworth poem published for first time


A poem by 19th century writer Dorothy Wordsworth has been published for the first time. Written while confined to her sick room suffering from arteriosclerosis and dementia, Lines addressed to my kind friend & medical attendant, Thomas Carr has been published on the Oxford University Press blog. Image: the Wordsworth Trust, purchase, with the generous assistance of Dr Lucy Newlyn, Lexi Drayton, Mr Drayton, Dorothy McMillan, Michelle Levy, Susan Hedworth, and a group of visiting Rhodes Scholars, 2013


Fairford river skull ‘more than 1,000 years old’


A skull and a second bone found in a shallow river in Gloucestershire are more than 1,000 years old, according to experts. The bones, found in July by two teenagers playing in the River Coln at Fairford, are said to be those of a Sub-Saharan African woman and date from between 896 AD and 1025 AD.