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The Story of England

A digital patchwork tracing the incredible story of England's history from prehistory to the modern age, told through the sites and objects that make up the National Heritage Collection.  It's a brand new way to step into England's story.

Explore England's Story

Variations on a Theme

Explore England's stories chronologically, or pick a broader theme to search by: War, Religion, Architecture or even Arts & Invention and Food & Health.

Begin at the beginning

Stories Great and Small

English history is full of iconic places and famous people, from the secrets of Stonehenge to Charles Darwin's discoveries at Down House. You'll find those stories here, but also the weird and wonderful tales that bring our National Collection to life.

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The Slave Trade and Abolition

English Heritage has published its Sites of Memory guide to some of the historic sites linked  to the transatlantic slave trade.

Find out about the slave trade

Women's History

Women's lives and achievements have left a deep impression on the historic environment.

Find out about women's history

Blue Plaques

There are around  850 blue plaques in London celebrating a wide range of well-known people from the writer, Oscar Wilde to South African freedom fighter, Ruth First.

Find out about blue plaques