18 Millionth Visitor comes to JORVIK Viking Centre

McKee family outside JORVIK with Viking re-enactor, Arnor (Max O'Keeffe) - Photo courtesy York Archaeological Trust

JORVIK Viking Centre opened to the public on the 14th April, 1984, attracting people from all over the world to discover what life was like over 1,000 years ago in York.

‘Décapitation’ by Femme No. 5 – get your own Tudor-inspired perfume at York

decapitation - Photo courtesy York Archaeological Trust

Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was said to have had an illicit liaison during her visit to York in 1541, is the inspiration of a new perfume now available at Barley Hall in York as part of its ‘Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII’ exhibition.

Explore the Medieval Jewish Trail in Winchester

Winchester medival Jewish trail map

Visitors to Winchester have a new way to explore the English city’s medieval Jewish past. Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester have launched a new city trail telling the story of this community.

Festival of Archaeology at Dunluce Castle today

Dunluce Castle - photo by Micu Radu

Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland will host a family friendly archaeological event on Saturday 25 July from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Magna Carta exhibition shows off newly found copy of charter

magna carta exhibit - photo courtesy Kent County Council

Earlier this year a copy of Magna Carta dated to the year 1300 was discovered in Kent. This rare copy now goes on public display as part of an exhibition starting today at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.

Buried, Forgotten, Disinterred?: The 1944 National Socialist St. Olav Monument at Stiklestad

Najsonal Samling Recruitment poster showing St. Olav's shield and using Viking imagery. Photo courtesy of lordautocrat.deviantart.com

In ‘Buried, Forgotten, Disinterred?: The 1944 National Socialist St. Olav Monument at Stiklestad’, Øystein Ekroll gave the audience a glimpse into a struggle going on in Norway as it deals with its Nazi past.

Imprisonment, Execution and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum

Yeoman Warder speaking to a group of school children at the Tower of London. Photo courtesy of Represent London, lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

The final talk in Sesson #1041, Engaging the Public with the Medieval World, looked at what English children are being taught in school. How much medieval history is in the new programme that was released in September 2014? Megan Gooch, Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces breaks down the English system for us in her paper, ‘Imprisonment, Execution, and Escape: Medieval History and the National Curriculum’.

UNESCO adds medieval sites to World Heritage List

Palatine Chapel Palermo - photo by Fintan Corrigan of http://friendly-hotels.com

Medieval sites in Sicily, Korea and Turkey were among those selected to be added to UNESCO World Heritage list this week. During meetings held at Bonn, Germany, over 20 sites from around the world were added to the list, which now stands at over 1,000 landmarks and areas.

Discovering Medieval Graffiti: An Interview with Matthew Champion

medieval graffiti book

We found demons, faces, hand outlines, names, dates and prayers – just about every type of graffiti you can imagine.

Wales marks 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt

Raglan Castle - photo courtesy Cadw

The Welsh Government is highlighting the important role the country played in this historic event in honour of its 600th anniversary.

Holt Castle in Wales reopens

Holt Castle in 2007, before restoration - photo by Peter Craine / Wikimedia Commons

Holt Castle, near Wrexham in northern Wales, was re-opened last week after the completion of a four year restoration project.

JORVIK Medieval Festival to take place this August

Jorvik Medieval Festival

27 venues, an army of experts, re-enactors and interpreters and nearly 1000 years of history will feature in this year’s blockbuster JORVIK Medieval Festival, taking place throughout August at venues from York’s city bars and Hornsea’s St Nicholas church, to Knaresborough Castle and Selby Abbey.

‘The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn’ tapestries unveiled at Stirling Castle

The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn

A 14 year project to recreate the lost tapestries of James V has been completed at Stirling Castle.

A Face from Anglo-Saxon England

anglo saxon face - photo courtesy Lincolnshire County Council

The face of a man who lived nearly a thousand years ago in Anglo-Saxon England has been recreated by experts from the University of Dundee.

From Runes to Ruins: Documentary looks at rediscovering the Anglo-Saxon past

tom rowsell from runes to ruins

In his latest film, From Runes to Ruins, Tom Rowsell examines how people in England are reclaiming their Anglo-Saxon heritage, including its religion.

Ruralia Commoda – 14th century gardening manual on display in London

Ruralia commoda

Written in Latin between 1304 and 1309 by Petrus de Crescentiis, a wealthy lawyer from Bologna in Italy, Ruralia Commoda was the only publication of its kind during Henry VIII’s reign.

Great Charter Festival to take place in June

Great Charter Festival - photo courtesy Royal Holloway, University of London

The Great Charter Festival, which marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London on Sunday 14 June. It offers a free festival of art and ideas, a fusion of professional and community artists and performers.

Leicester Cathedral reaches £2.5 million target for Richard III reinterment

leicester cathedral  - photo by Paul Hudson/Flickr

Leicester Cathedral has announced that the appeal to cover its share of the costs of the reinterment of King Richard III is now officially closed, having met its target in full.

Ireland’s Ancient East campaign to showcase country’s medieval sites

Rock of Cashel - photo by Giorgio Galeotti / Flickr

The Irish government has started a tourism campaign – Ireland’s Ancient East – in hopes that the country’s heritage will attract another 600,000 overseas visitors per year.

Church receives £544,000 to restore medieval wallpaintings

chalgrove wall paintings - Photo by  Holly Hayes / Flickr

A set of medieval wallpaintings in St Mary’s Church in Chalgrove will be restored after England’s Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £544,000 to the project.

Nottingham’s Maze of Medieval Caves gets fully surveyed

Sandstone steps in the caves at Nottingham Castle - photo by Lee Hayward / Flickr

For the first time, the entire network of 549 caves underneath Nottingham has been fully surveyed, revealing new details about what lies under the surface of the English city.

Lincoln Castle reopens after £22 million refurbishment

Lincoln castle reopens  - photo courtesy Lincoln County Council

Lincoln Castle has re-opened earlier this month after finishing a £22 million refurbishment, revealing new visitor experiences, including an underground exhibition home for Lincoln Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta.

Crowdfunding project to restore medieval prayer book closes in on goal

Mary of Guelders prayer book - photo courtesy Radbound University

In less than two weeks a crowdfunding campaign to restore a 600 year old manuscript has already raised three-quarters of €25,000 it is asking for.

14th century English church awarded funds for conservation project

St Mary Cowbit - photo by Rodney Burton

St Mary’s Church in the English village of Cowbit has received £8,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to conserve and communicate the heritage of the 14th-century building and its clock.

Rowallan Castle in Scotland to be turned into a hotel

Rowallan Castle - photo by Sagereid / Wikipedia

Historic Scotland is transferring control of Rowallan Castle, which dates back to the Middle Ages, back to its owner, who who will be converting it into a hotel as part of a golf course development.

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