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How England's Civil War laid waste to the country's grandest private house

Book tells tale of how Oliver Cromwell wiped Basing House—which provided shelter to the famous classical architect Inigo Jones—off the map

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Adam Dant’s on-the-nose political maps are delightfully vulgar—and merit a ‘Partygate’ update

New book collects the illustrator’s maps that range from UK political sleaze to the renaming of American states using cockney rhyming slang

Tŷ Pawb: an eclectic Welsh centre that wants to be a home for all—including a sweet shop and a dog grooming parlour

Built as a multi-storey car park, this redeveloped Wrexham centre has found its focus on textiles, artists and local groups and offers children’s play and workshops

In partnership withArt Fund Museum of the Year 2022

William Beckford’s tower is finally complete, 200 years after the eccentric English architect started construction

The Bath museum, the only surviving example of the reclusive millionaire's architectural achievements, is also showing works from his original art collection

Medieval Welsh castle in world's first 'book town' saved from collapse

Hay Castle will open to the public for the first time following a £7m restoration project

Historic English villa—built by royal mistress to escape her 'stinker' of a husband—reopens after restoration

Henrietta Howard's Marble Hill is a rare surviving example of such a home, and even rarer as one created by a woman

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Book investigates why so many Irish country houses were subject to devastating arson attacks in the 1920s

While the early part of this publication is dry, once the fires start the narrative heats up

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From torture to cream tea: new book chronicles the history of Britain’s castles

Eyewitness accounts from behind the gates of fortresses dating from the seventh century to now bring these imposing buildings to life

William Morris's 'heaven on earth' home in the Cotswolds reopens after restoration

New research has helped to bring back lost objects and features at Kelmscott Manor, where the English Arts and Crafts designer lived for 25 years

Anne Boleyn’s falcon—removed after her execution—returns to Hampton Court

The newly discovered emblem goes back on show on the 500th anniversary of the day King Henry VIII first met his future second wife

The room where it happened: John Lavery’s studio

Cromwell Place opens up the former studio of the Irish artist, where he painted prominent Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiators

London's National Maritime Museum launches campaign to rescue giant decaying tapestry—unseen for decades

Commissioned by Charles II, the work depicts the 1672 Battle of Solebay between the English and Dutch in which the 1st Earl of Sandwich drowned

Exhibition explores the many faces of Elizabeth I and her fellow Tudors

The show of portraits at the Holburne Museum in Bath charts the reign of the Tudor monarchs and their subjects

True mettle: restoring Hampton Court Palace's glorious but scarred Baroque iron screens

Reviving 17th-century Tijou screens commissioned by Protestant monarchs William and Mary means undoing decades of damage and haphazard repairs

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Spend, spend, spend: what lies behind the Stuarts’ taste for extravagant buildings and interiors

The turbulent period’s flashy architectural projects aimed to send out a powerful message, new book reveals

Magnificent Roman mosaic discovered in a farmer's field is 'UK's most exciting find of its kind in a century'

The first ever mosaic illustrating scenes from Homer’s Iliad, it would have decorated an imposing dining and entertainment space within a major villa complex

Going underground: English poet Alexander Pope’s hidden grotto to be saved

A relic of national importance, the man-made cave is all that remains of his villa and gardens—and is only accessible through a school dining hall

British Museum reveals the golden and gruesome history of Ancient Peru

This major London show, marking the 200th anniversary of the country's independence, does not flinch from the bloodiest aspects of Inca culture

Secrets of the Black Prince's tomb effigy in Canterbury Cathedral revealed by scientists

Sculpture atop the final resting place of the medieval knight and heir to Edward III has been examined by a team of researchers led by The Courtauld Institute of Art

Small Northern English town gets UK’s first museum dedicated to Spanish art and culture

Many pieces on show in the Spanish Gallery are from the personal collection of financier Jonathan Ruffer, the main backer of a £150m regeneration project in Bishop Auckland

Rossetti paints us a (sometimes not so) pretty picture in exhibition devoted to artist's portraits

Alongside famous Pre-Raphaelite depictions of swoony, pillow-haired beauties are paintings of friends, family and fellow artists on show at the Holburne Museum

Timespan: a remote museum in the Scottish Highlands that support its vulnerable village through Covid

The cultural centre has international ambitions if it wins the £100,000 prize

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Monastery of powerful Anglo Saxon queen discovered in genteel Thames-side Berkshire village

Dig uncovers a wealth of objects, including jewellery probably worn by Queen Cynethryth, an influential female ruler likely to have been buried in the village

The 'Michelangelo of wood carving': exhibition celebrates life and work of Grinling Gibbons, 300 years after his death

Tercentenary show opens at Bonhams in London before travelling to Compton Verney in Warwickshire

Eccentric Wentworth Woodhouse estate—home to centuries-old camellias—gets set to bloom again in Yorkshire

The rambling 365-room mansion is being rescued from near collapse, starting with its tea house

Last Supper painting once adorned Shakespeare's classroom wall, new research suggests

Scholars believe the 15th-century decorative work was whitewashed in the Tudor era to obliterate the Roman Catholic imagery

A new ‘winsome wench’ for the Cutty Sark: how London's famed 19th-century ship got a literal face lift

Tea clipper's original figurehead has been replaced with a carving based on the recently rediscovered original drawings

'Think first of the walls!' With its tantalising William Morris creations, Emery Walker's House in London reopens

Home boasts the largest collection of the designer's hand-printed wallpapers as well as a wealth of Arts and Crafts treasures

Gustave Moreau’s 34 surviving Fables watercolours get a very rare outing

The 19th-century French symbolist's works will go on show at Waddesdon Manor before travelling to Paris