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In the Footsteps of our Ancestors

Danish TV-host Frantz Howitz in York

Northern England is a large region that stretches from River Trent in the South and borders to Scotland in the North. During the Antiquity, most of Northern England was part of the Celtic realm of Brigantia and after the Roman conquest the area was united under one rule with York as capital. Since then, Northern England has been an important region with different geographical constellations. Today, the region is a conglomerate of counties with no collective government, but the cultural and historic bonds still remains.

On 27, 28 and 29 June Danish cable TV-station DK4 will be sending three episodes about Northern England’s archaeological past. Danish TV-host Frantz Howitz will take the viewer on an archaeological journey through the Viking age and the early Christian times.

Through the years, Frantz Howitz have visited archaeological places of interest in Denmark, and now he takes on the North of England with the help of local experts like England’s leading archaeologist Richard Hall. During his journey, Howitz visits one of England’s oldest churches still in use, Escombe Church, dated back to 670 AD, and beautiful Durham Cathedral, which was founded in 1093 and is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The viewers will also learn more about Hadrian’s Wall, built as a defence on the northern borders of the Roman Empire in 120-130 AD.

So Danes, turn on DK4 at 22.30 on Sunday 27 June to see the first of three episodes of “Tidsrejse gennem det arkæologiske Nordengland”. And if you want to experience the places visited in the show, Tiffany Tours have an eight day long guided tour through the North of England called I forfædrenes fodspor. If you’d rather explore the region by yourself, I suggest you visit our homepage and online shop for inspiration.


– Towe

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Recapture the spectacle of York’s medieval past

If you’re interested in history and arts and you happen to be in or near the town of York in the middle of July, take the time to see the York Mystery Plays. On two Sundays, the 11th and 18th of July 2010, twelve plays accompanied by music, will be performed on wagons at various locations in York.

These tales of sacred history was traditionally played in York on the feast day of Corpus Christi from the middle of the 14th century. In spite of the ban the plays continued a while after the English reformation, but where finally stopped in 1569. In 1951 the plays had a successful revival and became a reoccurring event.

Until September 8th you have the opportunity to see the exhibition about the history behind the plays at York Art Gallery. The exhibition also displays the last surviving original manuscript of the plays, dating from between 1463 and 1477. See more information about the exhibition on www.yorkartgallery.co.uk or find the gallery on our Britain map.

Other related events take place in York during this period. For further information, please visit www.yorkmysteryplays.co.uk

– Towe

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Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Recently, on Swedish television, the gripping and gruesome french documentary from the 2nd World War has been shown.  Lately, when visiting London, I felt it was time to visit the “place of action”,- the underground offices used by Sir Winston Churchill and his staff during the 2nd World War.

Finding the entrance is still not easy even if it’s signposted. You have to go to the back of the Horse Guards building and just opposite St James Park at the Horse Guards Road the doors down to these rooms are found.Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms

The Cabinet War Rooms are almost exactly the same as they were left in 1945 and shows the narrow rooms, low ceilings and cramped spaces were British soldiers, politicians and workers spent hours, days and months underground with no fresh air, no daylight and actually no knowledge about what was going on in the streets of London. Though not built as a proper shelter no sound entered. You will see the room were the cabinet were held, with ashtrays for Churchill’s famous cigars everywhere. No time for arguing passive smoking there! You will also see Churchill’s private courter, the office space for morse-coding, map-rooms, kitchen, diningroom and so on.

The Churchill Museum, also underground, shows the life of Sir Winston Churchill through film clips, radio speeches, clothing, newspapers, gadgets and more.

An entrance fee apply. See website for opening times.


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Winter – fossils – history – nature – silence

Are you going to England this winter but would like to stay away from busy cities, why not visit Dorset? If you also are a bit interested in geology this beautiful area in the south-west of England should be perfect. This is a great place for relaxation with beautiful coastline and rolling hills, sometimes covered in a bit of snow. The county has several historical towns well worth a visit like Sherborne with its medieval buildings and Abbey castle, historical busy Dorchester and the cozy market-town of Bridport

West Dorset is famously known for its Jurrasic Coast. Winter is actually the perfect season for fossil hunting, as the rougher seas and the tides start to unravel the depths of the beach. You can join a fascinating guided fossil walk from the pretty villages of Charmouth and Lyme Regis . The walks are for free and run more or less every Saturday and Sunday. For detailed information about walks from Charmouth klick here. For walks out from Lyme Regis klick here. 

Don’t be put off by the thought of bad weather, it’s actually often very nice with blue sky and crisp winter air! And with few visitors around, this is my favourite time to visit the coast.

For more ideas and information about places to go, accomodation, winter-events and so on please visit West Dorsets website.


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Guide to the history of Britain

Swedish public service television – SVT – now airs the British TV documentary “Historiska resmål (Historical travel sites)” and tonight the turn has come to England. Starting in Hastings, Justine Shapiro guides us through the English history via London, Liverpool and finally Tintagle. England may be a small country but indeed it has a great history and it all started in the year 1066.

If you live in Sweden, see it tonight on SVT2 at 18:00! If you miss it, it is rerun on 9:th and 11:th of October. If you miss that too, have a look at SVT Play where you can see it online.

Click for more info:

SVT Historiska Resmål
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Classic Britain – A winners travel tale, Part Two

In part two Ingemar finally reaches Silverstone, and he has a lot to tell about the festival:

“On Friday morning I start driving towards Silverstone, but first I make a stop in Northampton to get more cash and visit their City Museum, where I learn that people thought London was supposed to grow all the way out to Northampton in the 1960s.

Stowe Gardens

Stowe Gardens

When I arrive at Silverstone, I check in at MINI United and take a walk around Silverstone. There’s a lot to see, like the ‘Racing-tent’ with Swedish drivers, MINI history from 1959 to 2009, where you could see MINI in different shapes in time, a presentation of all the Minis that are on the market right now, the many MINI-clubs but not the Swedish, and a big tent with restaurant, selling of original parts, merchandise and tickets to different MINI-events.

I leave the festival at around 6 pm to drive down to Luton. I take the road through Stowe and Buckingham and end up in Bletchley Park at Milton Keys. I recognized the name from the history books and hoped to find a museum or something, but the only thing I found was a gate with security guards and cameras. Not very hospitable, probably still military. So I left Milton Keys very fast.

I found cheap bedrooms at Quality Hotel Luton Airport, which despite the name was situated in the town centre. The hotel parking was perfect and the hotel was fine, but beyond that, Luton is a very dull place and not recommendable for tourists.

Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne

Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne

The next day I go back to United to get tickets for an event at the festival. After that I take a drive passed Towcester Racecourse and end up in the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne, where I visited the Grand Union Canal, a museum well worth the visit if you’re into history.

Back at the festival I find a new toy called ‘the Trikke’, which can best be described as down-hill skiing on wheels. I intended to see the race for the new Minis on the racetrack, but after a start failure, I miss the race because of the event ‘Improve your skills 2’ that I had tickets to. At the event you got to try the cars breaking capacity by reversing, steering, breaking and then trying to get back on track forward again. Stay for the ‘Special Night of Rock’ and see Paul Weller perform before I give up for the day”

Here are the links for the places Ingemar visits in part two:
Stowe Gardens
Bletchley Park Museum
Towcester Racecourse
Stoke Bruerne
Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum



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British history on TV

Scotish Coastline

Scotish Coastline

Saw a commercial today about a TV-show that started a while ago on the Swedish channel Kunskapskanalen. Today at 22.00 the seventh episode of Kustspaning is aired.

The show is about the British Islands coastlines with topics like historic sights, geography, archaeology and zoology and both experts and people living there will be interviewed along with beautiful pictures from all over Britain.

The episode today will be about the Hebrides, an archipelago on the Scottish west coast with an interesting history dating back to the Stone Ages. We will hear the story about the sinking of the ship S/S Politicians, the ship that became a legend, a book and a movie (Whiskey Galore!). We will also follow Alice as she visits the Lewis Island and learn how to make peat into oil and Neil investigates a more than thousand years old stone.

I thought this sounded like a really interesting show, and I will definitely watch it at 22.00 tonight. Unfortunately there is only four episodes left, and SVT haven’t got the show on SVT Play, but all the more reason to start watching.


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