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Explore History

No. 10

From sacred sites and ancient ruins to majestic palaces and epic castles, Explore History is the travel magazine for people who live and breathe history. Every issue of Explore History offers incredible adventures, awesome photography and insider insights from top travel writers that will inspire your next daytrip, city break or once-in-a-lifetime experience. What you’ll find every issue: City Guide: What to see and where to go experience the atmosphere of the past. In the Footsteps: Discover the incredible places that defined the life of a famous figure. Conservation and Archaeology: How you can play your part in preserving the world’s endangered treasures. Miniguides: Quick travel tips and inspiration to spice up any holiday.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome to explore history

When it comes to mythology and legend in British history, it is surely King Arthur who reigns supreme. Whether it’s the tale of the Holy Grail, the evocative camaraderie of the Round Table or the question of where he is buried, Arthurian legend is captivating. We consider his role at the site of Britain’s earliest known monks on page 20. We look to Russia’s relationship with its own history, in search of the truth about Perm’s Gulag museum, Perm-36 on page 28, then go beyond to the historic Opera House of Mumbai to see the results of its restoration on page 42, and dive into the buccaneering stories of the Caribbean’s infamous pirates (page 36). Unfortunately, this will be the last issue of Explore History, so the team and I would like…

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in focus

Osaka Castle, Japan Osaka’s enduring symbol was built in the 16th century, on the site of a former temple. It was commissioned by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and his design was completed in 1597. Upon Toyotomi’s death, the castle passed to his son, Hideyori Toyotomi, and in 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu, a rival shogun, filled the moat of the castle, negating one of its primary defences, though it was later restored. Reculver Towers, Kent, England What remains of the 12th- century monastic church at Reculver, Kent, has long been a coastal landmark. The site was originally settled by the Romans, though much of their history is uncertain due to coastal erosion. In the 7th century, an Anglo - Saxon monastery took over, making use of the existing battlements. By the 10th c entury, the monastery was…

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uncovered: lost city discovered in welsh field of dreams

An archaeology graduate who spent his life savings buying a Monmouthshire field because he thought that there may be Medieval remains under the surface is hoping that he can turn it into a tourist attraction. Stuart Wilson bought the land for £32,000 in 2004 and has spent more than a decade excavating the Medieval city. Now he is applying for planning permission for a camp site and interpretation centre to tell visitors about the lost city of Trellech, and is hoping for it to be open by the summer of 2018. Wilson’s interest in the site was originally sparked in 2002 when a local farmer told the Monmouth Archaeological Society about pottery that had been found in molehills on his land. Two years later, when a nearby field came up for sale,…

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controversial stonehenge tunnel given go-ahead

The issue of road noise at Stonehenge has been a contentious one for many years. The A303, a main road across the south west of England, passes by (with many a nose pressed up against the glass, in the thousands of cars that traverse it daily) and the noise can be heard when visiting the historic site. One suggested solution to this issue that has drawn various critics and supporters on either side, is for a tunnel to re-direct the traffic underground. A logical solution, perhaps – but one that has drawn questions about the impact on future archaeology at the site. The plans are part of a £2 billion investment drive in the roads of south-west England, intended to ease some of the difficulties caused by overuse of the A303. The road…

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explorer’s knapsack

A Short History Of Gardens by Gordon Campbell ‘Garden’ may seem like an incredibly broad concept to cover in a ‘short’ history, but Campbell has traced the trend for formalised outdoor spaces from ancient beginnings in Egypt to the present-day. £12.99/$16.95 Spitalfields by Dan Cruickshank Cruickshank has lived in Spitalfields in London for 40 years, and so has seen first hand the evolution of the area through the last century and beyond. In this book, he covers the history of the area and its people, from Roman times through until today. Price: £25/$30 Gerber and Bear Grylls Pocket Compass When out exploring, knowing south from north is a pretty basic need. This lightweight, compact, sleek compass is a perfect gadget to keep on you at all times – after all, you never know when you’ll need it. £19.99/$24.99 ZeroTouch…

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a closer look at history

A number of television historians are hoping to revolutionise the way members of the public engage with history through a new programme of workshops. The brainchild of Suzannah Lipscomb, best known for her Hidden Killers Of The Home programmes, and Sam Willis, a familiar face to viewers of Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History, History Masterclass is described as a series of, “intimate, interactive opportunities to learn about history in an exquisite, historically-significant location.” Each workshop will be hosted by an expert in the field, most of whom will be familiar to anybody who watches history on television. Upcoming events include workshops with historians like Dan Jones, David Olusoga and Bettany Hughes, all of whom have featured on the box over previous months. However, the History Masterclass team is keen to stress that it is…

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