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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.

OPENING UPDATE | Over 60 historic sites are now open for you to explore this spring, and we’ll be opening more in phases over the coming months. See which sites are open and find out how to book your visit.

As a Member, you are helping to keep England’s story alive throughout this difficult time. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

Highlights this week

Top five things to do in May

From a weekend of immersive wartime fun at Dover Castle to playing hide-and-seek in the footsteps of Charles II, here's our top five ways to explore history with us in May 2021.

Please note: Visits to our sites must be booked in advance for now. Please check the individual webpage of each property for full details.

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  • Outdoors the Victorian Way

    Shorter working hours, more public holidays and the growth of the railways gave Victorians access to more outdoor leisure activities.

  • How to have a Victorian Picnic

    Once the reserve of wealthy land-owners to enjoy on their estates, the Victorians revolutionised the phenomenon of outdoor dining.

  • Top Five picnic spots

    Now that so many of our sites are open, we asked Members which sites are the best to enjoy a picnic. Did your favourite make our top five?

  • Members' Week Virtual Events

    In April, we hosted 60 free events; some of these were virtual events which we recorded so that you can enjoy them at your leisure.

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. 

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.

On the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, we’re joined by senior properties historian, Paul Pattison, and keeper of the Wellington Collection at Apsley House, Josephine Oxley, to discuss Napoleon’s life, legacy and defeat – and the heritage sites built here in England to defend against his threats of invasion.

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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

  • Dover Castle

  • Scarborough Castle

  • Tintagel Castle

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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!

The latest quiz is the March 2021 Members' Magazine 20 Questions Quiz, all about our historic gardens.

Discover our quizzes

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' 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.

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).

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