This week – Thomas Becket

With museums allowed finally to reopen next month, those of us who have been starved of culture are looking forward eagerly to the British Museum’s ‘Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint’. The exhibition, originally scheduled for last year, marks the 850th anniversary of the country's most famous political assassination – the grisly murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury on 29 December 1170 by four knights in the service of Henry II.…

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The value of culture

Economics cannot be used to measure the emotional, educational, psychological, spiritual, health, and social benefits of heritage – all the things that make life worth living.

Excavating the past of south Wales

This revealed much about life in ‘Roman’ Wales, in both its modest urbanised centres and its wider hinterlands.

Sailing to Ithaca?

Is Ithaca, in fact, Odysseus’ island, where Penelope faithfully weaved, steadfastly waiting for her mischievous prince in their well-appointed palace?

Food fads and fashions

At a time of food scarcity, obesity became a desirable condition… the Venus figurines represented an ideal body type.

Palmyra, 1864

What remains of Palmyra’s substantial ruins, stretching across 3km, gives a sense of the city’s prosperity and grandeur, especially between the 1st…

Dewlish leopard

Discovered during excavations at Dewlish in 1974, the leopard mosaic is considered one of the most realistic depictions of an animal by…

A helping hand for heritage

Since 1980, the UK’s National Heritage Memorial Fund has been safeguarding significant heritage at risk of loss. New…