Nazis ‘offered to leave western Europe in exchange for free hand to attack USSR’


A new book claims to have solved the riddle of the flight to Britain in 1941 of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy. Historian Peter Padfield has uncovered evidence he says shows Hess, the deputy Fuhrer, brought with him from Hitler a detailed peace treaty, under which the Nazis would withdraw from western Europe in exchange for British neutrality over the imminent attack on Russia. The episode remains, more than 70 years on, shrouded in mystery.


Iron Age fort and Bronze Age burial mounds uncovered in New Forest

More than 3,500 new archaeological sites have been discovered in the New Forest National Park, thanks to high-tech laser mapping technology. Using images beamed back by lasers from aircraft, researchers have found previously unrecorded sites and monuments.

Longest ever Viking ship to arrive in Britain in ‘flat pack’

The longest Viking ship ever found will arrive in Britain in a “flat pack”, it has been revealed. According to BBC News the 37-metre-long warship, never seen before in the UK, will be packed in individual boxes and shipped to the UK.

Richard III: Bosworth flag set to sell for thousands

A fragment from a flag which flew on Bosworth Field when Richard III was killed more than 500 years ago is set to sell for thousands of pounds at auction. The red and gold piece of cloth, measuring 6.5 inches by 5.5 inches, is believed to be from Henry Tudor’s standard on the day of the bloody battle in 1485.


White Queen’s castle-turned-holiday home wins architecture award

A castle in which the first Yorkist queen Elizabeth Woodville is believed to have lived in the mid-15th century has won this year’s Riba Stirling Prize, a prestigious UK architecture award. Astley Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house in Nuneaton, Warwickshire scooped the prize in recognition of the imaginative contemporary holiday home that has been set within its ruins.

Bloodstained scarves worn by George Orwell during 1937 Spanish Civil War to be auctioned

Scarves stained with the blood of 1984 author George Orwell are to be auctioned in London. The anti-fascist scarves, worn when he was shot in the neck during a battle near Barcelona in the Spanish CivilWar in May 1937, are expected fetch up to £1,200 when they are sold on 3 October.

Bid to keep 2,000-year-old Iron Age bracelet in Yorkshire

A bid to acquire a 2,000-year-old bracelet, one of the first pieces of Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the north of England, has been launched by the Yorkshire Museum. The intricate and rare gold torc, found in the bed of a stream near Towton, north Yorkshire in April 2011, has been valued at £30,000.

Warehouse and power station among modern buildings added to Heritage List 

A high tech warehouse in Swindon and a concrete electricity substation in Sheffield are among a number of buildings that have been added to the National Heritage List for England. Along with a Cold War bunker in Gravesend and a steel-framed private house in Tunbridge Wells, the modern structures have been listed by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey on the advice of English Heritage.

Richard III Society members withhold donations for king’s tomb in design row


Members of the Richard III Society have requested their donations not be used to fund the king’s tomb at Leicester Cathedral, because they disapprove of the design. Plans for the £96,000 raised tomb, unveiled last week, were initially well received by the society. Chairman Dr Phil Stone described them as “utterly inspired”.