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Janet Arnold Costuming Colloquium in Florence, Italy, November 2008

The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and the Association Friends of the Costume Gallery in Florence, Italy are planning a four-day colloquium honoring the work of historic costume expert Janet Arnold for November, 2008.

Hampton Court: The Lost Palace Lecture

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Hampton Court: The Lost Palace, a lecture with international guest Dr Jonathan Foyle will take place Friday 16 November 2007 at the Historic Houses Trust in Sydney, Australia.

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In the ballroom of our own State ‘Palace’ hear international guest Dr Jonathan Foyle speak about his experiences at Hampton Court, England’s most significant palace of the Tudor age, and his ensuing work with the World Monuments Fund. Location:
Government House (Sydney, New South Wales)

Magna Carta to be auctioned

A rare copy of the Magna Carta could bring as much as US$30 million when it is auctioned in New York by Sotheby's in December 2007. The 1297 copy is one of only 20 reissued by King Edward I.

Beowulf in performance

Benjamin Bagby offers a performance of the Anglo-Saxon classic epic Beowulf accompanied by a six-string Anglo-Saxon harp.

Own an authentic Roman bath!

Have an extra UK£300,000? If so, you can purchase an authentic Roman bath house in the town of Battle, East Sussex, England built in the first century C.E. for officers in the Roman navy.

Britain's oldest recipes

A recent study by the Food Science Department of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff has revealed Great Britain's 10 oldest recipes, including hedgehog and haggis.

Sir Ian McKellen stars in "King Lear"

Sir Ian McKellen, known for his role of Gandolf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will take on a new role when he appears as the title character in Shakespeare's King Lear.

"Hornblower" props to go on the block

Over 300 of the props and costumes from the Hornblower television series will be auctioned in Maldon, Essex on October 3, 2007.

SCAdian to present lectures on Tudor history

The Cumberland Times-News reports that SCA member Ellen McDaniel-Weissler will present a course entitled English Tudor Dynasty History, The Wars of the Roses to Elizabeth I for the CE Institute for Community Services at Allegheny College of Maryland.

17th century toys found in Leicestershire

The discovery of a hidden stairway in Market Harborough parish church in 1988 has led to unearthing of one of the most important collections of post-medieval street toys in English history. (photos)

BBC drama "makes archaeology sexy", says editor

Bone Kickers, a new drama on BBC One scheduled for Spring 2008, will follow the work of a team of archaeologists in Bath, England.

Hobbyist finds 15th century ring

Metal detector hobbyist Stephen Henstridge of Ford in England recently discovered a 15th century silver ring bearing a seal embossed with the letter R. The ring has been declared treasure. (photo)

Royal Shakespeare Company costumes for sale to the public

In a special one-day sale, thousands of costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company will be available for purchase by the public. The sale will take place September 29, 2007.

Lack of skills threatens Britain's historic buildings

Great Britain's citizens are generous with cash to protect their historic buildings, but a lack of knowledge of conservation techniques may endanger those same buildings.

Scientists still studying mystery of medieval skulls

Archaeologists from English Heritage have yet to formulate a theory about the change in shape of medieval skulls between the 11th and 13th centuries. The shape changed from a long, narrow head to a rounder shape.

English Warbow website created

A new website "dedicated to the revival of the great English warbow" offers articles, photos and links for those interested in the art of English archery.

Luttrell Psalter film project

WAG Screen is creating a film based on the Luttrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript from 14th century Lincolnshire. The film will combine images from the manuscript with live actors to produce a work which will be shown at The Collection, Lincoln’s new museum.

"Charmed" 14th century pendant found by hobbyist

A metal detector hobbyist has discovered a 700-year-old pendant bearing a woman's face and the inscription AGLA in Osmington, England. (photo)

Mary Rose besieged by bacteria

The Mary Rose, flagship to King Henry VIII, is facing a much more devious enemy than French warships: bacteria which produce a corrosive acid.

12 medieval graves found at Aldbourne

Archaeologists working on a dig at Crowcastle in Aldbourne, England have discovered 12 graves dating back to the 8th century. The remains were unearthed during excavation for a housing development.

Elizabeth: the Golden Age to premiere October 12, 2007

Elizabeth: the Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen, is scheduled to open in theatres October 12, 2007. The film is a sequel to the successful Elizabeth.

Black Death still affecting British genetics

According to an article in NewScientist, the Black Death still casts a shadow over the British population by lowering the genetic diversity in the country.

Titus Andronicus to play at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona's Theatre Department will present William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" March 2-29, 2008.

Time Team finds Anglo Saxon settlement

Archaeologists associated with television's Time Team have unearthed a rare Anglo Saxon settlement near Harborough, England. The village dates from between 450 and 650 C.E.

Learning about the Middle Ages at the Festival of History

BBC reporter Mario Cacciottolo got a taste of the re-enactor's life when he buckled on armor at the recent Festival of History in Northamptonshire, England.

Englishman flings pianos with his trebuchet

What do rich - and somewhat eccentric - Englishmen do with their money? Why, they build giant trebuchets and fling flaming pianos to their doom, of course! Watch the YouTube video.

Beowulf trailer online

A trailer from the upcoming film Beowulf is now available to download. The Robert Zemeckis film is scheduled to open in theatres November 16, 2007.

London deli hides elaborate Roman dining hall

London's building boom has also produced a boom for archaeologists by uncovering the city's Roman past. Recent finds include a 2nd century dining room decorated with plaster murals.

British students find Saxon grave

A class of teenagers on a class dig have discovered the remains of a woman believed to have been Saxon in Chediston, England. The woman was buried in classic Christian style in a churchyard.

British historians hope to crack down on "nighthawking"

English Heritage and the British Museum are pushing for legislation to curtail the illegal use of metal detectors to discover and remove artifacts from private sites.