Portchester Castle’s remarkable history begins in the 3rd century when the Romans built a fort here to combat attacks by barbarian pirates. In the 5th century it was transformed into a Saxon stronghold, or burgh, to protect this part of the coast from Viking raids.
Specially composed music to celebrate the mystery and wonder of Stonehenge - a personal interpretation of the ‘spirit of place’. Electronics and sampled instruments form the backbone to the ‘modern’ sound in a fantasy-style work which leads on a journey into the musical past and imagined happenings around the stones and their arrival at the special site.
Music from two millennia comes together in Solstice, from ancient chant to music specially commissioned. Astonishing compositions breathe new life into ancient instruments – hurdy-gurdy, oboe and didgeridoo; instruments of the earth in music of mystic spirituality.
In the winter of 2016, English Heritage sent some of the UK’s finest contemporary writers to stay at different historical sites across the UK. From Max Porter at Eltham Palace to Mark Haddon deep in York’s Cold War Bunker, their experiences informed their chilling creations.
Lost England is the most comprehensive visual history of late 19th and early 20th century England ever published. The book takes the reader on a journey through the great cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham to London and Bristol and reveals the towns and villages across England, shedding light on the people and the landscape.
While the First World War still raged on, another battle was finally seeing some results. In February 1918, British women over the age of 30 finally gained the right to vote in general elections. The hard-won victory was the result of a long struggle.
Stonehenge was built over 4500 years ago, and is still today a place of enduring mystery. This great stone monument displays the remarkable skills of its prehistoric builders. But it is much more than just an impressive ring of standing stones.
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