Ministry of Works Signage Appreciation Society

What is it about Ministry of Works signage that motivates so many people to share images via social media? Partly it is just the fact of their survival, as reminders of a simpler age of heritage tourism before the era of virtual reality and QR codes. Many of the signs…

Finds tray – medieval staff terminal

This is the terminal of a medieval staff, which was recently discovered by a metal-detectorist near St Mary in the Marsh, Kent. Many similar objects have been identified over the centuries across England – including several examples recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.…

Japan Quiz

Dated c.14,000–300 BC, which is the earliest major culture of prehistoric Japan?…

Giant warriors in Arabian art

Saudi Arabia is a paradise for researching engraved rock art (see ‘Saudi Arabian rock art’ in CWA 102). In March 2022, I returned to the Saudi provinces of Najran and ‘Asir. In the latter, the exploration of Wadi al-Khayyur, located west of the Wajid Desert, resulted in surprising findings. Whereas…

Falconer figurine

What is it? This small, carved figurine depicting a falconer was discovered in Oslo, Norway. The object, made of bone, antler, or walrus tooth, is 7.5cm long, with a flat, oval cross-section. The lower half of the figurine is hollow, suggesting that it was designed to function as a handle…

Submarines Quiz

Which historical figure is said to have observed undersea life from a submersible glass sphere in 332BC?…

Military History Matters Letters – September 2022

As both of my grandfathers perished onboard Invincible at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, I read your discussion of Admiral David Beatty (‘The worst commanders in history?’ MHM August/September 2022) with some interest. Invincible was based at Portsmouth, and the catastrophic loss of so many men left a…

War of words – ‘Privateer’

As far back as the Middle Ages, private ship captains were authorised by governments to harry enemy merchant shipping. Their ships, and their operators, came to be called ‘privateers’. The letters of marque and reprisal that gave privateering ship captains permission to strike enemy vessels had appeared in English law…

Toys & Games Quiz

First discovered in Iraq, and dating to the third millennium BC, the Royal Game of Ur is a precursor to which modern board game?…

A voyage to the past

This September marks 30 years since the discovery of one of the world’s oldest-known seagoing vessels: the Dover Bronze Age Boat, whose remains are pictured here on display in a dedicated gallery at Dover Museum. The 3,500-year-old vessel was first located in 1992 (below), when its timbers were identified by…

The East End Preservation Society

Founded in 2013, the East End Preservation Society (EEPS) is an informal group that uses the power of social media to bring people together who ‘care about the East End and are concerned about the future of its built environment’. Followers include some prominent figures in the heritage world –…

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