Forgotten Seafarers of the First World War

During the First World War the Merchant Navy – the Mercantile Marine – was thrust into the conflict, becoming the supply service of the Royal Navy.Read more

If Street Furniture Could Talk

Street furniture probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of protected heritage. But our high streets and country lanes would be a poorer place without the milestones, lamp posts, horse troughs and bollards that collectively remind us of how very different from today our streets once were. As our busy roads are adapted to accommodate modern transport schemes, these small elements can easily be swept away. Significant pieces are protected by listing so they remainRead more

Jutland’s Surviving Warships

During the First World War, the British Navy dominated the sea, intercepting and detaining thousands of merchant ships carrying vital supplies bound for Germany and their allies. This month marks one hundred years since the British Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy’s High Seas Fleet met in the North Sea area west of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula. What ensued was the largest naval battle of the First World War with over 100,000 sailors involved on 250 ships. MoreRead more

70 Years On: The Remains of Operation Neptune

This year is the 70th anniversary of D-day, which began on 6th June 1944. As part of the commemoration English Heritage is conducting a review of the remains of Operation Neptune, the cross-Channel assault phase of the invasion Operation Overlord. Planning for the invasion and the liberation of Europe began as early as 1942 and Operation Neptune was placed under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsey, who had played a large part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940. TheRead more