The Treasures of English Churches: New book shows amazing murals, monuments, relics and carvings

Explore England’s places of worship and you’ll find masterpieces of design, some of the world’s most beautiful stained-glass windows and a host of astonishing murals, monuments and carvings spanning over a thousand years of turbulent history – as a fascinating new book reveals. The National Churches Trust teamed up with prolific church photographer Matthew Byrne … Read more

Pictured: The most miraculous and marvellous English church treasures from Warwick to Yorkshire

Explore England’s places of worship and you’ll find masterpieces of design, some of the world’s most beautiful stained-glass windows and a host of astonishing murals, monuments and carvings spanning over a thousand years of turbulent history – as a fascinating new book reveals. The National Churches Trust teamed up with prolific church photographer Matthew Byrne … Read more

Gold ring engraved with a skull is one of nine treasures found in Wales

A ‘Memento Mori’ gold ring engraved with a skull is one of nine stunning medieval and post-medieval objects found in Wales. The ring, found in Carreghofa Community, Powys, would have been kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death.  ‘Memento Mori’ is a Latin term that literally means ‘remember you must die’.  Among the … Read more

Archaeology: British Museum reveals new treasures including Iron Age tweezers and a medieval ‘meme’

A trove of treasures uncovered in 2020 including a wax seal stamp of an Elephant with a ‘war-tower’ and a medieval ‘meme’ has been revealed by the British Museum. The meme-like item is a unique mount, perhaps worn as a badge, depicting a knight stepping out of a snail shell that appears to be mounted … Read more

Lloyd’s of London: We’ll root out treasures with links to slave trade

Lloyd’s of London has pledged to publish a catalogue of its 3,000 treasures to root out any connections with the slave trade.  The world’s oldest insurance market is seeking an archivist to examine its vast trove of goods obtained over more than three centuries, including paintings, furniture, swords and silverware. Lloyd’s has posted an advert … Read more

Inspired by the hit Netflix movie about Sutton Hoo? Then discover treasures found all over Britain 

Golden finds: The Sutton Hoo helmet The next time you explore our glorious countryside, keep an eye out for what may look like a discarded sweet wrapper. That’s exactly what Kevin Duckett thought he’d found in Northamptonshire in 2017. Instead, it turned out to be a solid gold figurine depicting King Henry VI, thought to … Read more

Earl of Sutherland is selling off hundreds of family treasures hidden at historic Dunrobin Castle

The Earl of Sutherland is selling off hundreds of family treasures that have been long hidden away at his family’s historic home at Dunrobin Castle in the Scottish Highlands. The aristocrat is selling off a hoard of items that include eye-catching marble sculptures, a collection of rifles and historic photographs, paintings and portraits.  There are … Read more

Locked-down Britons unearthed a bonanza of back-garden treasures including gold coins

Coronavirus lockdown measures led to a spike in back-garden archaeological discoveries, including 15th century gold coins, the British Museum revealed.  More than 47,000 discoveries were registered with the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) so far this year – many from garden-based discoveries.  In the first lockdown alone – starting in March – the scheme … Read more

Look, no tourists! Incredible 180-year-old photos reveal Rome’s ancient treasures

Look, no tourists! Incredible 180-year-old photos reveal Rome’s ancient treasures before hordes of selfie-snapping visitors ruined the historic views Group of 78 images date back to between 1840 and 1860 and taken by pioneering photographers of the time They feature historic and ancient sites across the city including the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain  Iconic … Read more

Get your hands on some National treasures: PATRICK MARMION reviews The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard (ntathome.com) Verdict: Bittersweet cherries  Rating: I Want My Hat Back (ntathome.com) Verdict: The hat fits, so I’m wearing it!  Rating: Dear reader, dare I ask if, like me, you’ve lost track of your monthly entertainment subscriptions?  I am thinking Netflix (£5.99), Now TV (£9.99), Apple TV+ (£4.99) and Disney+ (£5.99). However, I … Read more