This week’s history news round-up

We take a look at the historical stories that have been making the news this week...

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 28:  Sir Nicholas Winton during receiving the Order of White Lion, the highest order of the Czech Republic, from Czech President Milos Zeman during the Independence Day at Prague Castle on October 28, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. 105-year-old Winton saved 669 mostly Jewish children by organising their escape from occupied Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, earning him the nickname the 'British Schindler'.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

‘Britain’s Schindler’ Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who rescued 669 Jewish children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died at the age of 106, it was this week announced.


Sir Nicholas passed away at Wexham Hospital in Slough on 1 July.

Sir Nicholas organised transport for children from occupied Prague to England, and found foster homes in England for the refugees.

To read the BBC News story in full, click here.

Queen Victoria’s 45-inch waist pants to be sold at auction

A pair Queen Victoria’s 45-inch waist pants dating from around 1891 are to be auctioned in Wilshire.

The pants, embroidered with the royal VR monogram, are said to be in excellent condition.

The auction, due to take place on 11 July, will also feature possessions from Victoria and her daughter, Princess Alice, including a number of nightdresses and stockings.

To read the BBC News story in full, click here.

Nike fined £48,000 for desecrating Winston Churchill statue

The sportswear company Nike has been fined by a French court after dressing a statue of Winston Churchill on the Champs Elysées in a national basketball team t-shirt.

The incident occurred in 2011 after the French basketball team qualified for the European championships and the London Olympics. The sculptor, Jean Cardot, then sued the companies involved in the publicity stunt.

The Paris court in a ruling late last month agreed with him that using the statue for commercial ends was to defile it. The court ordered each firm to pay the artist €67,500 (£48,000) in compensation.

To read the Telegraph story in full, click here.

Luxury estate designed by Leonardo Da Vinci up for sale

A luxury villa in Tuscany designed by Leonardo Da Vinci is on the market for upwards of €5 million, it was announced on History Extra earlier this week.

Da Vinci was commissioned to design the walls of the grand estate by a Piedmontese prince in the mid-1400s.

The residence became the home of Napoleon I’s sister, Elisa Bonaparte, in the 1800s.

To read the story and see our picture gallery of the villa, click here.

Catherine Parr’s lock of hair to be sold

A lock of hair belonging to Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Catherine Parr, will go under the hammer on 31 July.

The lock of hair was taken from the queen’s coffin at Sudeley Castle. After the coffin was discovered in 1782, the lock was placed in an envelope with the words “taken from the coffin of Catherine Parr disinterred at Sudeley Gloucestershire in 1783 by Colonel Richard Powell Cotton…” written on it.

Auctioneers Lawrences estimates that the lock could be sold for up to £500.


To read the Western Daily Press story in full, click here.