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Racist attack on English Heritage exhibition celebrating black lives

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An English Heritage exhibition on “Englishness” held at a stately Bedfordshire home was the target of a racist attack following tensions over the charity’s role as custodian of the UK’s architectural legacy. The exhib...

Is Needle in a Timestack the most brilliantly bad film title ever?

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Yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere, the trailer gods granted us a once in a lifetime gift. Most people experienced it in the form of a tweet by comedian Jenny Yang. “Just watch this movie trailer without knowing the ...

As important as the Taj Mahal? The Palestinian refugee camp seeking Unesco world heritage status

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The Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem doesn’t look much like your usual Unesco world heritage site. For a start, there are no souvenir stalls or swarms of trinket hawkers. Instead, cracked concrete walls covered wi...

Netflix’s Diana: The Musical is the year’s most hysterically awful hate-watch

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Logically, it makes perfect sense that Diana: The Musical should exist. After all, Diana, Princess of Wales lends herself extraordinarily well to musical theatre. Hers was a story of wealth and betrayal, of high camp ...

Netflix’s Roald Dahl universe would be a golden ticket to despair

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At this stage, it is abundantly clear that not everyone can pull off a shared universe. Marvel’s success has been followed up by a flurry of awkward misfires. The DC Extended Universe culminated in two versions of the...

We don’t need Unesco listing, says new Liverpool heritage chief

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Liverpool’s new heritage chief has insisted the city does “not need” Unesco world heritage status – but said he was still considering a fresh effort to reclaim its once-cherished title. Alan Smith, Liverpool’s head of...

English Heritage trials quiet ‘contemplation hour’ at monastic sites

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Modern visitors to monastic ruins are more often than not on their phones or chatting to each other, or thinking about work and what’s for tea, or shouting at the kids to please get away from that latrine drain. Over ...

Food, faith and family: how we feed our son his rich mixed heritage

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Even before my son was born, I used to imagine all the things I would feed my future children. They would come home from school, backpacks hanging off their shoulders and tummies rumbling, and ask what was for dinner....

Emma Raducanu’s Chinese heritage praised by China’s state media

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Chinese state media has said the “Chinese style of inner faith” gave British player Emma Raducanu the confidence to win the US Open over the weekend, but some of the country’s internet users asked: why are we calling ...

Weatherwatch: how the climate crisis is affecting English Heritage

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English Heritage has always made the point that Ironbridge in Shropshire is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Now, as the organisation points out, it could also be said to be the cradle of climate change. The c...

My journey to Albania in search of Europe’s Muslim heritage

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The silhouette of Gjirokastër began to emerge in the distance. This city is in the country’s mountainous south, overlooked by its ancient fort, with 17th- and 18th-century stone Ottoman houses cascading down the slope...

Spanish village seeks Unesco world heritage status for outdoor chats

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It’s a nightly summer ritual across much of Spain: as the sweltering heat of the day eases off, chairs are hauled out to the street for an al fresco chat. Now an enterprising village in southern Spain is seeking to ha...

‘Low point’ in world heritage committee history as politics ‘tramples’ human rights of the Karen people

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Along Thailand’s border with Myanmar, in rich forests filled with rare plants and animals, the indigenous Karen people are fighting for the right to live on their traditional land. Last month, the UN’s human rights ag...

Heritage Dulwich, London SE21: ‘Sometimes strange, sometimes as familiar as a cuddle’ – restaurant review

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Heritage in Dulwich is my favourite sort of review – a restaurant I didn’t plan to write about, but somehow it ambushed me. This new-ish modern Indian neighbourhood restaurant just happens to be a short saunter from C...

Why did Unesco drop Liverpool from its heritage list?

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The city has become one of the few places to have been dropped from the UN body’s global list of sites. What went wrong? How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to kno...

Young photographers reshape our visions of ‘English’ heritage

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“I wanted to show people the black Britain I know,” says portrait photographer Kemka Ajoku of his new series, Finding Common Ground. Ajoku is one of four young photographers selected to reimagine the idea of Englishne...

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