The Heritage TravellerTravel, History, and exploring British Heritage
Its getting closer to the time of year when the film industry stands handing out awards, so it seems like an appropriate time to highlight some of the National Trust properties that have appeared in recent major films and televsion series.
Read more: National Trust Film Locations
Here's a twist on our usual theme of historic houses. Online estate agents Rightmove.co.uk have compiled a list of historic, unusual, and just plain quirky properties that came on the market in 2013. Among them are authentic Scottish castles and a house said to be haunted by the ghost of Oliver Cromwell.
Read more: Quirky and Historic Houses for Sale in 2013
What inspired JRR Tolkien's classic fantasty novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? Literary historians have always assumed it was simply Tolkien's exposure to ancient myths and legends that he encountered in his role as a professor of linguistics at Oxford University. But could he have been inspired by an actual ring?
Read more: Tolkien 'Curse' Ring at The Vyne
Here's an interesting new resource for exploring historic churches in the north east of England; there's a new full-colour printed guide called Spirit in Stone that covers over 120 churches in County Durham, Tyneside, Newcastle, and Northumberland. Printed copies are available for free at tourist information centres and in churches across the region.
Read more: Spirit in Stone - Historic Churches in Northeast England
The news of the recently announced Academy Award nominations got me thinking; what if there were a similar set of [fun] awards for British castles? This is obviously a gaping need that I decided to fill with immediate effect. So by the power invested in me by myself I have founded the Academy of Castle Enthusiasts (ACE), named myself President of the Academy for Life, and come up with a list of nominations for the first ACE Awards.
Read more: British Castle 'Academy Award' Nominations
Yesterday I posted some resources I've found useful for determining if an historic church is likely to be open to visitors. That's all well and good, you might say, but how do you tell which historic churches are worth visiting in the first place?
Read more: Finding the Best Historic Churches to Visit
As anyone who has browsed around the Britain Express website will know, we enjoy visiting historic churches. I'm a huge fan of medieval architecture in particular, and enjoy nothing more than poking my nose into a medieval country church.
Read more: Visiting historic churches - is the church open?
If you like your history with a dose of art, have I got a website for you! Writer
David Santiuste and photographer Rae Tan have collaborated on a fascinating website combining history and wonderful black and white photographs to illustrate places associated with the Yorkist cause during the Wars of the Roses.
Read more: Reflections of a Yorkist Realm website
When I traveled to Lincoln a few years ago I ran into several medieval buildings related to a strong Jewish presence in the city. As an historian by training, I was peripherally aware that the Jews had been expelled from England by Edward I in 1290 - in part so that he woudn't have to repay loans to Jewish financiers. But I knew next to nothing of Jewish history in Britain either before or after that time.
Read more: National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail