Exclusive Members' Area
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.
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Highlights this week
Songs of England
In collaboration with the Nest Collective, we bring you exclusive recordings of 12 traditional folk songs, paired with England's most iconic historic places.
Featuring Mercury nominee Sam Lee and Bellowhead's Jon Boden among the artists, Songs of England weaves together new original performances with evocative stories from the nation's historic landmarks, from Dover Castle to Whitby Abbey, Hadrian's Wall to Stonehenge.
Dive into the video series or explore the interactive Voices of England map to learn about the stories behind these remarkable places.Listen now
DARWIN FAMILY TREASURES RETURN TO SCIENTIST'S HOME
A keepsake box once belonging to Charles Darwin's daughters will be displayed at Down House, the family's home in Kent.
10 WAYS TO EXPERIMENT LIKE Charles DARWIN
It’s surprisingly possible to replicate many of Darwin’s experiments with everyday household objects and plants. Here’s how...
Stories of England: Matt Thompson on Travel
In this 'Stories of England' article, Matt Thompson reveals how the railways democratised travel and stoked the public’s passion for exploring the past.
History in a Nutshell: What was the Industrial Revolution?
How did Britain become ‘workshop to the world’, and why did this change the future of humankind? We lift the smoke on this dramatic turning point in history.
History for Kids
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.Explore our history for Kids
THE ENGLISH HERITAGE PODCAST
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’ve made the journey over to Boscobel House and the Royal Oak in Shropshire to search out the story of the king who hid in an oak tree - and reveal the results of a major project to share one of England’s greatest adventure stories.Listen now
Postcards from places we love
Thanks to your membership and support we are able to look after and protect over 400 historic sites across England. Each has its own unique architecture and a story to tell. In this video series, you’ll be captivated by the stunning footage of our sites from the skies as we offer you a glimpse of what each has to offer. Sit back, relax and prepare to be inspired.
Watch the whole series
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
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!
The latest quiz is our Biggest Quiz in History and is split over several rounds. See how you get on!Take a quiz
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.
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
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.
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.
Read the latest Members' magazine and delve into the archive with some of our previous editions.Read your October 2020 issue
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.Discover your rewards
MANAGE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Register your membership or log in now to renew your membership, update your personal details and find out anything else about your membership. You can also explore the wider benefits of membership, including discounted offers from our Associated Attractions and our range of exclusive Members' Events (currently not available during the lockdown period).