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"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every house in Norfolk within 200 metres of an archaeological site, find or historic building



Following headline-grabbing discoveries such as the footprints at Happisburgh, the earliest recorded evidence of humans in Northern Europe, and the timber burial circles at Holme - archaeologists say the sheer scale of finds reflect how Norfolk is one of the best endowed heritage locations in the world.

And that, they say brings an economic boost to the county, while evidence even shows those who take an interest in heritage are happier than those who do not.

A new report also reveals that, on average, every house in Norfolk is within 200 metres of an archaeological site, find or historic building, with the county’s ground continuing to provide fascinating glimpses into the lives of our ancestors. Read more.

Grace Kelly’s outfits in To Catch a Thief and Rear Window


He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?

Back to the Cave of Altamira in Spain, Still Controversial



ALTAMIRA, Spain — The cave of Altamira in northern Spain contains some of the world’s finest examples of Paleolithic art. For years, visitors came to see the bisons, horses and mysterious signs painted and carved into the limestone as far back as 22,000 years ago. But in 2002 the cave was closed to the public when algae-like mold started to appear on some paintings. The damage was attributed to the presence of visitors and the use of artificial light to help them see the works.

Now Altamira is being partially reopened and in the process reviving the debate over whether such a prehistoric site can withstand the presence of modern-day visitors. Read more.


The Crowning Chair in Westminster Abbey, every British King or Queen has been crowned in this chair since 1308


"It was their grandmother who gave a special ball — at the Anichkov Palace on 13 February—to mark Olga and Tatiana’s official debut in society and which was the highlight of the social season. Guests were greeted by ‘masters of ceremony in gold-embroidered court dress, black silk breeches and stockings, and buckled, patent leather shoes’, holding ‘thin ivory canes which made them look like Rocco shepherds’. From there they were herded past ‘two tall Ethiopian footmen in Oriental costume and high turbans’ into the ballroom, where they awaited the entrance of the emperor and empress, followed by Tatiana and Olga, ‘tall, slim lovely creatures’ [wearing simple white ball gowns] who looked at those assembled ‘with a sort of amused curiosity’. After the tsar [and Olga] had opened the ball with Ceremonial polonaise,  there was a moment of confused embarrassment. ‘Not a single young man made a move to ask the two grand duchesses to dance’, noticed debutante Helene Iswolsky. ‘Were they all to shy to make the plunge? Or was it the sudden realization that the two girls were strangers?’ After an embarrassing pause a few officers from the Tsar’s escort who had danced with them before were “jockeyed into position’, but it was clear these young men ‘did not belong to the smart set’; they were ‘completely unknown, rather uncouth, common looking’. Alexandra managed to tolerate the ball for an hour and a half, leaving Nicholas with the girls until a wearying 4:30 in the morning, his daughters ’ having refused to be torn away any earlier’.”

Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses by Helen Rappaport


François-André Vincent, Alcibiade recevant les leçons de Socrate (detail)



In the Salle des Caryatides

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