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Welcome to this dedicated space just for Members, where you can explore our sites and their stories through articles, videos and podcasts. You’ll also find help for home learning and plenty of content just for kids.

As a Member, you are helping to keep England’s story alive; thank you for your support.

Highlights this week

Things to Do in February

From enjoying England's historic places on your daily walk to a virtual trip to the theatre with our new historical plays, here's our pick of the five best ways to step into the past with us this month.


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  • The Chairman's Lectures: Charles Darwin

    On Tuesday 8 February, Landscape Advisor Emily Parker will reveal more about Darwin's experiments at Down House and the role they played in informing his groundbreaking theories. Book your ticket now.

  • What's for dinner in a medieval castle?

    While poor people had basic meals of bread, vegetables and a bit of meat, the rich and powerful guests at a medieval castle enjoyed vast feasts. Find out what's on the menu at Lord Lovell's banquet at Old Wardour Castle.

  • Stories of England: Professor Ronald Hutton on Belief

    In this article, Professor Ronald Hutton reveals the role of pre-Christian beliefs in shaping our landscapes, landmarks and language, with illustrations created by world-leading typographic artist Alan Kitching.

  • Walking Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey

    Join adventurers Frit Tam and Frankie Dewar as they explore the scenic Cleveland Way walk between Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey. This delightful 2.5-mile walk is great for any time of year.

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Get Quizzing

From Stonehenge to Queen Victoria, test your history know-how with our quizzes. Whether just challenging yourself or hosting a virtual quiz with family and friends, we've got your history rounds covered. We've even got quizzes just for kids!

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Members' exclusive: The Chairman's Lectures

Discover this free series of virtual Members' events, lecturing on a variety of subjects, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Curated by our Chairman, Sir Tim Laurence, these lectures will see some of our experts and historians discussing topics including life in medieval castles, Charles Darwin's laboratory and conservation of 16th-century artworks.

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Step into England’s story with our weekly podcast. Join presenter
Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews.

This week, we’re joined by Senior Properties Historian Susan Greaney and Stonehenge Curator Heather Sebire to answer all of your questions about the Neolithic period. 

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History for Kids

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Are you ready to go back - way back - in time to learn all about England’s history? Read our magazines and discover our online pages where you can explore each of the key periods, from the Stone Age right through to the Second World War. Find out what life was like at the time through fun facts, illustrated stories, games and more. 

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How England Was Made

Episode 4: Stott Park Bobbin Mill

In our How England Was Made series, presenter Rob Bell explores significant locations from England's industrial history, accompanied by one of our expert historians.

In the fourth and final episode, presenter Rob Bell visits a mill that played a surprisingly key role in England’s textile industry in the 19th century. Nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, Stott Park Bobbin Mill produced millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. Join Rob and Senior Curator Kevin Booth as they explore the role of the humble bobbin and the story behind the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District today.

  • Episode 1: Neolithic Mines

    Historian Susan Greaney gives Rob Bell a guided tour of Grime's Graves in Norfolk. This Neolithic flint mine is evidence of early industry, from production to trade, even though the site itself is very unassuming. 

  • Episode 2: Iron Bridge

    The Iron Bridge combines aesthetic beauty with practical usage, allowing for safe passage across the River Severn. Rob discovers more about the site with Head Collections Curator Matt Thompson.   

  • Episode 3: Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    On the outskirts of Gateshead, Derwentcote is the earliest steelmaking furnace in Britain. Senior Properties Curator Mark Douglas and Rob discuss the history of steelmaking in the Derwent Valley.


History Discovered

Our expert historians and curators provide the most up-to-date insights, unveiling the secrets of some of the most important historic sites in the country. We invite you to step into England's story with historical articles and features created especially for you.

More history discovered
  • Close ups

    We care for thousands of artefacts and monuments – such as the Lord's Prayer Ring at Ranger's House. Get up close and find out what makes these items so important.

  • Meet the Experts

    Our experts help us to bring to life the fascinating stories of our sites. Meet some of those 'in the know' as they share their knowledge and experiences with us.

  • Past Lives

    From a captive queen and a reggae superstar to the father of the NHS and pioneering dentist, discover the inspiring stories of the people who shaped our country's past.

Members' magazine audio versions

Listen to audio versions of the last few issues of your Members' magazine.

  • October 2021 magazine

  • July 2021 magazine

  • May 2021 magazine

  • March 2021 magazine

Members' Rewards

Enjoy savings on flowers for your home and garden, money off subscriptions for magazines and books and even update your wardrobe for less. Choose from over 60 offers on food and drink, entertainment, home and garden and much more. The savings you make could even cover the cost of your annual membership.

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