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July 21, 2018

Royal weddings, the changing of the guard—the British are well-known for their elaborate traditions. But one tradition you may not have heard of is perhaps the most unique. This annual ceremony involves catching mute swans on the Thames, so the Queen can claim those sw...

June 20, 2018

"The antiquities were 'made in and belong to Greece'" - Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

The Parthenon marbles—once (and still) known (by some) as the Elgin marbles, have been part of the collections of the British Museum since the mid-19th century. Britain’s Lord Elgi...

January 9, 2018

In recent years, heritage tourism has received a big boost from the popularity of historical dramas on television; shows such as Downton Abbey, set at Highclere Castle in England, and Outlander, which utilizes to great effect historic sites across Scotland, h...

September 9, 2017

The British Museum in London is generally considered to be the first national public museum in the world. When Parliament enacted The British Museum Act of 1753, it incorporated the collections of Hans Sloane and combined them with collections from two private librarie...

September 7, 2017

Berkshire in southeast England is a county rich in history. The eastern end of the county contains Windsor Castle. The original castle was constructed in the 11th century following the Norman invasion. In the western end of the county is the village of Boxford, in whic...

September 4, 2017

The English garden is one of the most storied landscape designs in western history. Following the popularity of formal geometric layouts in French gardens of the 17th and early 18th century. English landscapes sought to idealize nature, albeit in a very calculated and...

August 29, 2017

Numerous ancient and historic sites dot the English landscape, from megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge to elaborate country houses. One of the best-known features of the landscape is Hadrian’s Wall, which was constructed beginning in 122 AD at the northwest fronti...

August 7, 2017

The public toilet has a long and interesting (?) history in the western world. The ancient Romans built public toilets as part of their extensive efforts to provide sanitation infrastructure across the empire. During the Middle Ages, however, public toilets became less...

August 2, 2017

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology have been excavating a burial ground site in London that was the final resting place for “plague victims, religious dissenters, and poor people” beginning in the 1500s. A particular burial from the early 18th century...

July 25, 2017

The Roman Empire ruled the southern half of what is now the island of Great Britain from 43 to 410 AD. During this occupation, the Romans founded or greatly expanded numerous settlements, including Londinium, or what is today London, shortly after the Roman invasion of...

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