South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95. Crowds have been paying tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto. He is to be accorded a state funeral on Sunday 15 December, President Jacob Zuma announced.
Revealed: the tomb of Henry VIII’s forgotten son
The original tombs planned for Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, and the Tudor monarch’s father-in-law, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, have been digitally reconstructed by a team at the University of Leicester. The unfinished tombs, which were lost during the Reformation, have been virtually recreated to enable researchers to see what they might have looked like at their earmarked site in Thetford Priory.
Sexual relations with PoWs sparked fears of immorality
Sexual relationships between female British civilians and prisoners of war (PoWs) in the 1940s prompted government fears of a rise in ‘immorality’, new research suggests. In a study published in the Journal of Contemporary History, Professor Bob Moore from the University of Sheffield explores archive documents revealing that the British government attempted to limit fraternisation between female civilians and Italian and German PoWs employed to alleviate the Second World War domestic labour shortage.
First World War propaganda material digitised for first time
Newsletters produced by the Allies and pamphlets designed to prepare conscripted soldiers for war are among a tranche of propaganda and recruitment papers now available online. Adam Matthew Digital has uploaded 140,000 pages of rare First World War posters, cartoons, aerial leaflets, and government and military files, to a new digital portal titled Propaganda and Recruitment.
‘One’s behind you’: Queen pantomime photos on sale
Photographs of the Queen and the late Princess Margaret on stage in pantomime are expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction. The images, which show the royal sisters in their youth on stage in Windsor in shows including Cinderella and Aladdin, are contained in two scrap books.