Histories
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Histories

The places cared for by English Heritage span the story of England, from prehistory to the Cold War. Delve into our history pages to discover more about our sites, how they have changed over time, and who made them what they are today.

Our property histories will give you a concise and authoritative chronological overview of a site through the ages, authored by top historians. And with our stories and profile pages you can learn more about the key events and people who shaped our sites, including the women and LGBTQ figures who have sometimes been hidden from view.

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Josie Long and historian Andrew Roberts at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall
Josie Long with English Heritage historian Andrew Roberts at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall

Speaking with Shadows podcast

When you’re wandering about a historic place, what voices do you hear echoing off the walls? Are they the ones you learnt about at school – or do you wonder about the shadowy, quiet voices that may have gone unheard?

Speaking with Shadows is the podcast which listens to the people that history forgot. From castles on the south coast to Hadrian’s Wall in the far north, join presenter Josie Long as she travels across the country to seek out six stories from the hidden corners of England’s history. 

Listen to the latest episode below and subscribe on your favourite podcast platform.

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Highlights

Explore by theme

  • Women who made history

    Read about the remarkable lives of some of the women who have left their mark on society and shaped our way of life.

  • LGBTQ History

    LGBTQ history has often been hidden from view. Find out more about the lives of some LGBTQ individuals and their place in the stories of English Heritage sites.

  • Medieval Castles

    Discover the stories held within the walls of England’s greatest fortifications and learn about the rise and fall of the medieval castle.

  • Monasteries and Abbeys

    Learn about England’s medieval monasteries and abbeys and uncover the stories of those who lived and prayed in them.

  • ENGLAND’S PREHISTORIC MONUMENTS

    England’s prehistoric monuments span almost four millennia. Discover what they were used for, how and when they were built, and where to find them.

  • 1066 AND THE NORMAN CONQUEST

    Find out all about the Battle of Hastings, and the profound impact the Normans had on the country they had conquered.

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