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Richard III to be laid to rest in £1 million tomb after being found in a car park

Richard III to be laid to rest in £1 million tomb after being found in a car park | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Leicester Cathedral, which will raise the money itself, said the design will be ready in September and it is hoped the last Yorkist king will be re-interred next May.
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Pictured: 'Vampire' graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs

Pictured: 'Vampire' graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The team of historians discovered graves containing four skeletons with their heads removed and placed between their legs on a building site near Gliwice, Poland.
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How to chop down a tree and stop a mad dog with a walking stick: The bizarre 'lifehacks' tips found on cigarette packets 100 years ago

How to chop down a tree and stop a mad dog with a walking stick: The bizarre 'lifehacks' tips found on cigarette packets 100 years ago | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The 'How To' series of cigarette cards published by Ogdens and Gallaher's in the 1910s gives advice on everything from chopping down a tree to fighting off a rabid dog with a Scout's staff.
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UK's telecoms heritage now online | The National Archives

UK's telecoms heritage now online | The National Archives | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A £1 million project to digitise BT's historical collection of photos and documents has brought 165 years of UK telecoms heritage to the public's fingertips, with the launch of an interactive online archive.
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That's some swaying power! Oldest swing in the world found at bottom of country garden... and it still works after 90 years

That's some swaying power! Oldest swing in the world found at bottom of country garden... and it still works after 90 years | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Historians have identified the 12ft high swing in Ian and Debbie Wilkins’ garden in Kettering, Northants, as the prototype for the first garden swing produced by inventor Charles Wicksteed.
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Stand for Israel | Adam Czerniakow, Tisha B’Av, and Cooperating with Our Own Destruction

Stand for Israel | Adam Czerniakow, Tisha B’Av, and Cooperating with Our Own Destruction | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Read about Adam Czerniakow, a brave member of the Nazi's Jewish Council
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The forgotten heroines who built Waterloo Bridge: Historian reveals how women were drafted to construct 'The Ladies Bridge' in WWII but never got the credit they deserved

The forgotten heroines who built Waterloo Bridge: Historian reveals how women were drafted to construct 'The Ladies Bridge' in WWII but never got the credit they deserved | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A documentary reveals London's Waterloo bridge was built by a group of women whose wartime effort has been written out of history and was not acknowledged at the bridge's grand opening in 1945.
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Pictured: 'Vampire' graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs

Pictured: 'Vampire' graves in Poland where skeletons were buried with skulls between their legs | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The team of historians discovered graves containing four skeletons with their heads removed and placed between their legs on a building site near Gliwice, Poland.
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The 'Night Witch' who carried out hundreds of bombing raids as part of Russia’s elite all-women World War Two air squad

The 'Night Witch' who carried out hundreds of bombing raids as part of Russia’s elite all-women World War Two air squad | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Nadezhda Popova, who died this week aged 91, was one of the first to volunteer for Stalin's all-women air force units. She flew 852 missions and was shot down several times.
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The house that time forgot: Mother and sons keep family home frozen in the 1920s for 70 YEARS with original decoration, food and furniture

The house that time forgot: Mother and sons keep family home frozen in the 1920s for 70 YEARS with original decoration, food and furniture | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
When grocer William Straw, of 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, died in 1932, his grief-stricken family decided to leave their family house exactly as he knew it - now it offers a fascinating glimpse into suburban British family life in the 1920s.
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British schoolchildren are taught that their ancestors were bullies and racists. How about celebrating our history for a change? – Telegraph Blogs

British schoolchildren are taught that their ancestors were bullies and racists. How about celebrating our history for a change? – Telegraph Blogs | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
I'm glad to see that the new National Curriculum will be big on British history. The present state of affairs is dire, and has long needed an overhaul.
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Jane Austen's books prescribed as an antidote to the horrors of WW1: Novelist's likeable characters helped cure depression in shell-shocked soldiers

Jane Austen's books prescribed as an antidote to the horrors of WW1: Novelist's likeable characters helped cure depression in shell-shocked soldiers | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Dr Paula Byrne has revealed that the author’s works were able to give veterans a sense of security and comfort because of their soothing effect.
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Why was the captain of the Bounty so desperate to save the ship's chronometer? Timepiece that held the key to the most infamous mutiny in British naval history

Why was the captain of the Bounty so desperate to save the ship's chronometer? Timepiece that held the key to the most infamous mutiny in British naval history | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Captain William Bligh begged to keep hold of K2 (pictured) as he was lowered into a rowing boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean by his mutinous crew in 1789.
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The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun

The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
In 1913, before WWI even began, military scientists watched from across the Atlantic as the rival nations raced to build more efficient and effective weapons in a bid to control sea, sky and land.
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Is this the best Wikipedia entry ever? Officer served in THREE wars, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear, escaped a PoW camp and bit off his fingers when doctors refused t...

Is this the best Wikipedia entry ever? Officer served in THREE wars, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear, escaped a PoW camp and bit off his fingers when doctors refused t... | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The page for Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart (pictured) is being hailed by many as the most interesting to be found on the website.
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How a 19th century vicar who saved a drowning boy was rewarded with two 5ft Chinese vases... which are set to bring his descendants a £100,000 windfall

How a 19th century vicar who saved a drowning boy was rewarded with two 5ft Chinese vases... which are set to bring his descendants a £100,000 windfall | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The Rev Samuel Edward Valpy Filleul saved a boy from drowning in a river in the late 1800s and then generously paid for him to go to school - but was handsomely rewarded with a pair of rare vases.
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The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun

The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
In 1913, before WWI even began, military scientists watched from across the Atlantic as the rival nations raced to build more efficient and effective weapons in a bid to control sea, sky and land.
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World's oldest calendar dating back more than 10,000 years discovered in Scotland

World's oldest calendar dating back more than 10,000 years discovered in Scotland | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archaeologists from Birmingham University believe they have discovered the world's oldest 'calendar' in a field in Scotland. The monument dates back 10,000 years and can mimic phases of the moon to track lunar months.
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Forget Nigella! Cookbook of Unknown Ladies dating back to 1690 reveals gluttonous recipes of cow heel and veal kidney florentine

Forget Nigella! Cookbook of Unknown Ladies dating back to 1690 reveals gluttonous recipes of cow heel and veal kidney florentine | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A hoard of 18th century recipes passed down from mother to daughter has been discovered in a London archive centre - proving that cooks preferred the sage tips of their mothers, rather than a well-known chef.
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The inspiring Instagram photos from the Marine 'assaultman' who snapped his leg in combat and began training as a war photographer

The inspiring Instagram photos from the Marine 'assaultman' who snapped his leg in combat and began training as a war photographer | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
After snapping his leg on his first deployment to Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Matthew Callahan, a former 'assaultman,' picked up a camera and began On-The-Job training to become a war photographer.
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Heroes of the Forgotten War remembered: Hundreds of veterans who fought in the Korean War march through London for Westminster Abbey service

Heroes of the Forgotten War remembered: Hundreds of veterans who fought in the Korean War march through London for Westminster Abbey service | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
About 300 veterans marched from Horse Guards Parade in the capital to Westminster Abbey where a Service of Thanksgiving was being held to mark the war.
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The pictures Hitler wanted nobody to see: Nazi leader demanded the destruction of negatives that made him look half-crazed as he rehearsed for a speech... but the brave man who took them ignored hi...

The pictures Hitler wanted nobody to see: Nazi leader demanded the destruction of negatives that made him look half-crazed as he rehearsed for a speech... but the brave man who took them ignored hi... | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
New photographs of dictator Adolf Hitler, show the genocidal Fuhrer rehearsing gestures while listening to recordings of his own speeches.
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Wooden rackets, rampant women and a world on the brink of war: Life and times of Fred Perry, the last British man to win Wimbledon in 1936

Wooden rackets, rampant women and a world on the brink of war: Life and times of Fred Perry, the last British man to win Wimbledon in 1936 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Andy Murray today became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 - and the last time the trophy remained in its home country, the UK was a very different place.
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