Drinking cup of ‘Robinson Crusoe’ goes on show

The drinking cup of the original Robinson Crusoe and a bridle used by Sir Walter Scott to ride his favourite pony are now on display at the author’s home, thanks to loans from National Museums Scotland. Other new additions to the free exhibition, in Abbotsford’s Visitor Centre, include a fragment of curtain from Scott’s home … Read more

Aerial dance show explores Cornish mining woman’s story

This summer, ‘Estah’s Story’, a sky-high, major spectacle of aerial performances, will tell the story of the Cornish ‘Bal maiden’ Estah and is set to take audience members on an emotionally-stirring journey through the highs and lows of the reality of mining times this August at Heartlands, Cornwall. Estah’s Story is quite literally a ‘moving’ … Read more

A nice cup of tea through history

A new exhibition at Compton Verney explores the cultural significance of our nation’s favourite drink. Visitors to A Tea Journey will follow the tea leaf from plant to pot, beginning with its roots in Chinese culture through to its adoption and appropriation into British society. The exhibition raises questions about what the humble cup of … Read more

Exhibition explores changing roles of women in the army

A new spotlight exhibition at the National Army Museum in Chelsea explores the changing roles of women in the British Army from 1917 to the present day. The free exhibition is written in partnership with the WRAC Association and runs until 20 October 2019. Rise of the Lionesses charts the major contributions women have made to … Read more

Major new exhibition on Belfast’s linen industry

The Linen Hall Library in Belfast has launched Linenopolis, a major new exhibition celebrating, examining and spotlighting the historic social and industrial linen industry of Belfast and Northern Ireland. The exhibition and associated events and activities are funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, Tourism NI and Department for Communities to mark the European … Read more

Data: Scottish Highland Poor Law records

New at Findmypast: Find out if your Highland ancestors fell on hard times with more than 9,000 new poverty relief records. These detailed transcripts can reveal a wide range of information about your ancestors, a description of the relief they received, location, their occupation, residence, earnings, the names and earnings of their relatives, how poor … Read more

New AncestryDNA communities bring people and places together

Ancestry, the family history and consumer genomics website, has launched an update to its AncestryDNA service, adding county-level detail to UK ethnicity results and bringing the total number of UK communities to 73. One of many innovations available to users as part of the AncestryDNA test, communities take your DNA story one step further, connecting … Read more

Lincolnshire Wolds & Coast Churches Festival

The Lincolnshire Wolds & Coast Churches Festival is set to be a great celebration, with over 140 churches opening their doors during the weekends of 31st August & 1st September and 7th & 8th September 2019. With free entry, churches and chapels from Louth to Woodhall Spa, Wragby to Sutton on Sea, will be celebrating … Read more

Discover the hidden histories and secrets of London’s rivers

Secret Rivers, at the Museum of London Docklands from 24 May – 27 October, combines art and archaeology, with mudlarking, photography, film and much more to uncover the mysteries of London’s rivers, both those that flow above ground and those that have been buried beneath our feet. The exhibition shows how London has been shaped by … Read more