History news

Clan chief’s buckle found at Culloden?

The National Trust for Scotland has found a shoe buckle at the site of the Battle of Culloden, and has suggested that it may have belonged to clan chief Donald Cameron of Lochiel. Grapeshot was found at the same spot, which tallies with the known cause of his death. [@N_T_S]

Antonine Wall exhibition visits Bo’ness

A temporary exhibition, ‘Antonine Wall: Beyond the Boundaries’, is now open at Kinneil House in Bo’ness – the wall runs near the 16th century house managed by Historic Environment Scotland, and the exhibition explores the Roman influence in central Scotland. [@HistEnvScot]

Bones found on Cornish coast analysed

Two sets of bones found on the Cornish coast last year have now been analysed. One, found on cliffs near Padstow, dates from the 18th century, perhaps a shipwrecked sailor; the other, at Sennen, come from a Bronze Age man, c.1300BC. [Cornwall Archaeological Unit]

Heritage Fund awards £15m to industrial projects

The National Lottery’s Heritage Fund has earmarked £14.8m for projects relating to the history of innovation, transport and industry. They include a redevelopment of the National Slate Museum in Wales (pictured, Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru), Glasgow’s Pipe Factory and Scilly’s Old Town Hall.

People’s Palace, Glasgow to close for major revamp

The People’s Palace in Glasgow, showcasing the city’s social history, will close on 14 April for a major refurbishment of the museum and the Winter Gardens glasshouse. A ‘last chance to see’ exhibition is now on; the work is expected to take 16 months. [@glasgowmuseums]

Exciting finds from ‘Peterborough’s Pompeii’

News of archaeological finds at Must Farm near Peterborough continues to break thanks to the work of Cambridge Archaeological Unit, which has published its first books about Britain’s biggest hoard of Bronze Age artefacts – the dig revealed 10 wooden homes, destroyed by fire c.850BC. [@CambridgeUnit]

Stockport Hat Works reopens

Britain’s only museum dedicated to the hat-making industry, the Hat Works Museum in Stockport, has reopened this week after a four-year redevelopment project. Working Victorian machinery can be seen, along with more than 1000 new objects. [@hatworksmuseum]