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The Battle for Britain’s Battlefields

The decision to allow part of the Bosworth battlefield to be built on raises concern about the future of similar historic sites. Julian Humphrys of the Battlefields Trust tells us why they’re worth saving


A country walk leads to Battle Abbey, built on the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William of Normandy wrested the English crown from Harold Godwinson
Reenactments bring past battles to life for those who want to see how they might have been fought

There battlefields important by Scotland Historic are more and have England, in Cadw the than been UK. 1,000 in Historic identified The Wales. Most In England, there are 47 nationally important registered battle sites. In Scotland, there are 40 such locations, while Wales has 47 priority battle and siege sites.

Visitor centres like this one at Culloden, where the Jacobite rising of 1745-46 was finally put down, are attractions in their own right

Why do battlefields matter?

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Fifty years ago, astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell became the first men to escape the clutches of Earth's gravity and journey to the Moon - and in doing so, stole a march on the Soviets in the Space Race. Discover how this mission, hatched amid setbacks and failures, and shaped by the wider tensions of the Cold War, gave the US something to hope for after the trauma of 1968. Plus: History's greatest coincidences, what happened to fallen French emperor Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo, the value of Britain's battlefields, why King James VI and I was obsessed with witch hunting, and more.