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Evidence Suggests That Invasion, Not Natural Disaster, Wiped Out Minoan Civilisation

Evidence Suggests That Invasion, Not Natural Disaster, Wiped Out Minoan Civilisation

After much debate, some archaeologists believe that they have evidence which shows that the Minoan civilisation was invaded, rather than being destroyed by a natural disaster.  Read more

2000-year old ‘social media posts’ from Roman Empire found at Pompeii

2000-year old ‘social media posts’ from Roman Empire found at Pompeii

An archaeologist has discovered ancient inscriptions in Pompeii, which she has described as the ‘social media’ posts of the Roman Empire.  Read more

92-Year Old Woman Reunites With Holocaust Survivors Whose Lives She Saved

92-Year Old Woman Reunites With Holocaust Survivors Whose Lives She Saved

Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor, along with their mother and three siblings, were sheltered by Melpomeni Dina in the home which she shared with her sisters after the Nazis invaded Greece.  Read more

Pilot Who Lost All His Documents During WW2 Turns 100 Two Years Earlier Than Expected

Pilot Who Lost All His Documents During WW2 Turns 100 Two Years Earlier Than Expected

John Franklin moved to England from Poland after its invasion by Germans and Russians, leaving behind his documentation in his hometown of Sopockinie, which was later destroyed by bombs.  Read more

Fresco depicting gladiator battle discovered in Pompeii tavern

Fresco depicting gladiator battle discovered in Pompeii tavern

Archaeologists working in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have discovered a vibrant fresco which depicts two gladiators engaging in battle.  Read more

New memorial unveiled in Barnet for first British soldier to die in WW1

New memorial unveiled in Barnet for first British soldier to die in WW1

A memorial has been unveiled in Barnet which commemorates the first British soldier to die in WW1.  Read more

World War Two GI baby: 'I discovered my eldest sister was my mother'

World War Two GI baby: 'I discovered my eldest sister was my mother'

Albert Gilmour had always wondered why his mother was reluctant to show him his birth certificate.

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Battle of Arnhem: Prince Charles joins 97-year-old parachutist to mark WW2 operation's 75th anniversary

Battle of Arnhem: Prince Charles joins 97-year-old parachutist to mark WW2 operation's 75th anniversary

On Sunday, Prince Charles watched as a 97-year old WW2 veteran, Sandy Cortmann jumped out of a plane with a parachute over the same Dutch city which he was captured in 75 years ago.   Read more

Battle of Britain Air Show - September 2019

Battle of Britain Air Show - September 2019

Take a look at some of the images taken during our two days at the Battle of Britain Air Show. The event took place at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on the 21st & 22nd September 2019.   Read more

Oldest living American World War II veteran celebrates 110th birthday

Oldest living American World War II veteran celebrates 110th birthday

Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living American World War II veteran, has just celebrated his 110th birthday at the National WWII Museum in Louisiana.  Read more

The Secret Journal Of A Polish Teenager From WW2 Will Be Published After 70 Years

The Secret Journal Of A Polish Teenager From WW2 Will Be Published After 70 Years

The diary of a Polish teenager, killed by the Nazis in 1942, will be published after 70 years.

Renia Spiegel began writing in her diary, now titled ‘A Young Girl's Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust’, when she was just 15 years old.

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Wanted: Shortish Man for Napoleon Impersonator

Wanted: Shortish Man for Napoleon Impersonator

Wanted: a Napoleon Bonaparte impersonator, French speaker preferred, period costume provided, preferably a resident of St Helena.  Read more

Tourists evacuated after Spanish Civil War bomb found at Barcelona beach

Tourists evacuated after Spanish Civil War bomb found at Barcelona beach

On Sunday, tourists who were sunbathing on Barcelona’s Sant Sebastià beach were evacuated after an unexploded bomb was discovered in the water, 25 miles from the shore.  Read more

A Sorceress's Secrets Uncovered in Pompeii

A Sorceress's Secrets Uncovered in Pompeii

Archaeologists working in Pompeii have discovered evidence of a female sorcerer who was a victim of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This evidence includes jewels, lucky charms and sacred amulets.

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Amazing Images of Pearl Harbour

Amazing Images of Pearl Harbour

This week, we have been sent some amazing images from Pearl Harbour. You can view them here.  Read more

Battle of Britain pilot passes away hours after celebrating 100th birthday

Battle of Britain pilot passes away hours after celebrating 100th birthday

Flight Lieutenant Archie McInnes has passed away just hours after celebrating his 100th birthday. His friend and biographer, Jonny Cracknell, tweeted that: “It is with a heavy heart and incredible sadness to advise the tragic news that Battle of Britain hero Archie McInnes sadly passed away last night, just hours after celebrating his 100th birthday amongst friends & family. An inspiration & hero of a man - rest in peace dear Archie’”.  Read more

Corporal Lawler’s Long Trip Home

Corporal Lawler’s Long Trip Home

Charles Stanley Lawler was just 19 when he was reported missing by the military near Unsan, North Korea in 1950. Now, almost 70 years afterwards, his remains have finally been brought home.

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Ancient Roman Pen With Inscribed Joke Found Under London Streets

Ancient Roman Pen With Inscribed Joke Found Under London Streets

Archaeologists restoring finds from under Bloomberg’s new London headquarters discovered more than they were bargaining for when they translated an inscription on an ancient Roman stylus, an inscription which was engraved by someone with a good sense of humour!   Read more

WW2 Spitfire Pilot turns 100, revealing amazing journey from Russian prison to RAF hero

WW2 Spitfire Pilot turns 100, revealing amazing journey from Russian prison to RAF hero

Flight Sgt Jan Iwanowski’s experiences of the Second World War is an epic, untold tale of overcoming the odds. One of the last WW2 Spitfire pilots alive in Britain, Jan endured two years in a Soviet labour camp before being transferred to the British and becoming an RAF hero of the skies.   Read more

Remains of 1812 Napoleonic General found in Smolensk

Remains of 1812 Napoleonic General found in Smolensk

The remains, believed to be that of one of Napoleon’s most beloved generals, have been unearthed during excavations in Smolensk, Russia. Charles-Etienne Gudin was killed during the disastrous 1812 French invasion of Russia and is the first of Napoleon’s missing generals to be discovered.   Read more

The Cultural Experience Team Up With Osprey Publishing

The Cultural Experience Team Up With Osprey Publishing

There is no doubting that we all love history, especially reading about past events, which is why we have been working hard to secure you some great deals on brilliant books by expert historians.

With this is mind, we are delighted to announce we have partnered with world renowned publishers, Osprey, to bring you some great offers.  Read more

300-year-old ammunition discovered at 'forgotten' Jacobite battlefield

300-year-old ammunition discovered at 'forgotten' Jacobite battlefield

Rare fragments of shot and shell have been discovered at the often-overlooked site of the 1719 Jacobite Rising. The decisive and chaotic battle marked the end of the ‘Old Pretender’ James Francis Edward Stuart’s ambitions for the throne of Great Britain and stifled the Jacobite cause for the next 30 years.   Read more

Last surviving WW1 armoured train rescued

Last surviving WW1 armoured train rescued

The last surviving armoured train used to transport supplies to the trenches on the Western Front during the First World War has been rescued from the scrapheap and restored.   Read more

Rare ‘multi-layered’ Bronze Age settlement discovered in Northwest Bulgaria

Rare ‘multi-layered’ Bronze Age settlement discovered in Northwest Bulgaria

A fascinating 3200-year-old settlement has been discovered in Northwest Bulgaria. The settlement shows evidence of being inhabited periodically, with building material and artefacts from the Late Bronze Age, Ancient Thrace, the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages.   Read more

Korean DMZ excavations reveal US body armour and bone fragments

Korean DMZ excavations reveal US body armour and bone fragments

321 bone fragments and nearly 23,000 items have been unearthed during excavations along the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). Some of the items discovered include American body armour, Chinese gas masks and the dog tag of a French soldier.   Read more

Missing part of Stonehenge returned

Missing part of Stonehenge returned

Most of our subscribers know where we are based, but for those that don't, The Cultural Experience is based in the historic city of Salisbury, England. We have so much history on our doorstep, including the tallest Cathedral spire in the UK.

We are also only a few miles from Stonehenge, so when there is news to share about the historic stone circle, we class it as local news.

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New discoveries at the largest cathedral in the Ancient World

New discoveries at the largest cathedral in the Ancient World

Previously undiscovered buildings have been uncovered at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, revealing new information about its construction and changing our understanding of the ancient building.   Read more

World’s Oldest Shipwreck found off the Southern Coast of Turkey

World’s Oldest Shipwreck found off the Southern Coast of Turkey

A shipwreck loaded with 1.5 tonnes of copper ingots, believed to be 3,600 years old, has been discovered in the Aegean Sea off the western coast of Antalya. It is the oldest wreck ever discovered and the most important underwater archaeological discovery in the last decade.   Read more

Could a study in the Wadi Rum save the Middle East’s conflict damaged heritage?

Could a study in the Wadi Rum save the Middle East’s conflict damaged heritage?

Jordan’s Wadi Rum has suffered from decades of conflict and vandalism which is causing the destruction of its mysterious 3000-year-old petroglyphs. However, a preliminary study into the impact of ballistic damage to rock art and, more broadly, the impact of conflict on heritage, has revealed three risk factors that can help predict the severity of rock deterioration and inform damage mitigation measures.   Read more

Bulgaria’s largest Thracian Tomb under threat!

Bulgaria’s largest Thracian Tomb under threat!

A unique, 3rd Century, Middle Eastern-style tower tomb discovered inside Bulgaria’s largest Thracian burial mound is under threat. Despite being promised full government funding, the project could be abandoned as the Bulgarian treasury fails to deliver.   Read more

Historic Portuguese Lines of Torres Vedras classed as National Heritage

Historic Portuguese Lines of Torres Vedras classed as National Heritage

The historic Lines of Torres Vedras, used by the Anglo-Portuguese Army to repel the third French Invasion of Portugal during the Peninsular War, have been classified as National Heritage by the Portuguese Government.   Read more

Path cleared for D-Day memorial to British Soldiers

Path cleared for D-Day memorial to British Soldiers

A memorial to the 22,442 British soldiers who died during the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy has been given the green light, with French authorities waiving the planning bureaucracy involved.   Read more

New analysis offers insight into Tudor England

New analysis offers insight into Tudor England

Bone analysis of skeletons found on the Mary Rose are offering new evidence that Tudor England was more ethnically diverse than originally thought. Studies carried out on the remains of two crew members show that they may have had roots from as far away as North Africa and the Near East.   Read more

The Survivors of Vesuvius - what happened to them?

The Survivors of Vesuvius - what happened to them?

A new study has managed to trace some of the survivors of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Using evidence from inscriptions found throughout the Roman Empire, archaeologist and historian Steven Tuck has managed to build a picture of what happened to those who managed to escape a fiery end.   Read more

The Cultural Experience Receives Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award For 2nd Year In A Row

The Cultural Experience Receives Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award For 2nd Year In A Row

We are delighted to announce that we have won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences for a 2nd year in a row, as rated by you, our customers.  Read more

WW1 grenade found in Hong Kong crisp factory

WW1 grenade found in Hong Kong crisp factory

An unexploded hand grenade from the First World War has been discovered in a crisp factory in Hong Kong. The German made bomb was found in a shipment of potatoes imported from France.  Read more

Horrifying new theory suggests that Alexander the Great wasn’t dead, but paralysed

Horrifying new theory suggests that Alexander the Great wasn’t dead, but paralysed

Alexander the Great, one of history’s most masterful generals, could have been alive for up to six days after being declared dead according to a horrifying new theory.   Read more

Ancient horse, saddled and ready to run, uncovered at Villa of Mysteries!

Ancient horse, saddled and ready to run, uncovered at Villa of Mysteries!

The remains of a third horse have been discovered during the excavations of a stable at Civita Giuliana, just outside of Pompeii. The horse was found with the remains of an ornate and expensive Roman parade harness, suggesting that is was being prepared to rescue those fleeing from the volcano.   Read more

Hemingway’s unknown Italian saviour found

Hemingway’s unknown Italian saviour found

On July 8, 1918, a young ambulance driver named Ernest Hemingway was distributing supplies to the Italian soldiers along the Piave River when the trench he was walking through was hit by an Austrian mortar shell. Hemingway was left severely injured, but alive because of the unknown Italian soldier standing in front of him. Hardly anything is known about the Italian soldier - until now.   Read more

Exciting discoveries at Ancient Philippopolis

Exciting discoveries at Ancient Philippopolis

The ongoing excavations in the heart of Ancient Philippopolis, better known as modern day Plovdiv in Bulgaria, have unearthed an ancient pantheon temple and a Pompeiian style brothel. The excavations of the six luxury quarters of the ancient city centre have challenged what was previously thought about life during its time as an outpost of the Roman Empire and has raised questions that we are currently unable to answer.   Read more

A 200 yearlong treasure hunt - new theory about Napoleon’s hidden gold

A 200 yearlong treasure hunt - new theory about Napoleon’s hidden gold

A new theory has emerged regarding the location of Emperor Napoleon’s stolen treasure, believed to be hidden during the French army’s retreat from Russia after the disastrous campaign of 1812. For over 200 years there have been rumours that Napoleon’s Grande Armée stole 80 tonnes of gold and valuables from Moscow. Despite treasure hunters’ best efforts, the loot has never been found.  Read more

New fresco discovered at Pompeii!

New fresco discovered at Pompeii!

A new fresco has been discovered during maintenance at the ancient ruins of Pompeii, depicting a provocative scene from the myth of Leda and The Swan. It was found following the discovery of an explicit mural of Priapus, the god of fertility, in the same house.   Read more

2020 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

2020 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

We have been working hard to come up with some brilliant tours that we are looking to run throughout 2020. You can register your interest in these tours by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

By registering your interest in a tour you will be given an exclusive booking window to be able to book a tour before it goes on general sale.  Read more

Walking Waterloo - Customer Review

Walking Waterloo - Customer Review

We receive many customer reviews, for which we are very grateful. Your reviews help us to deliver quality tours year after year.

On our recent Walking Waterloo tour was customer Tom Hibberd, who also runs Airsoft Action TV.  Read more

The Archaeology of the Bay of Naples - a review by TCE guide, Amanda Pavlick

The Archaeology of the Bay of Naples - a review by TCE guide, Amanda Pavlick

Earlier this year, popular TCE guide Amanda Pavlick, Professor of Classics at Xavier University, led a tour around the archaeological delights of the Bay of Naples.   Read more

Napoleon Crowned Emperor of France

Napoleon Crowned Emperor of France

In the illustrious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France. Despite already having absolute power through his position of First Consul for Life, Napoleon chose to hold a lavish and elaborate ceremony as show of strength to cement the legitimacy of his regime and satisfy his allies and the powerful French elite.  Read more

Double Delight At 2018 Travel Mole Awards

Double Delight At 2018 Travel Mole Awards

On Thursday 22nd November 2018, we attended the annual Travel Mole Awards, where once again we were nominated for two awards.

The 14th occurrence of this event rewards the best web, social, mobile and technology in the travel industry & was held on board a City Cruise boat travelling up and down the Thames.  Read more

Turning the Tide - the British Capture of Fort Duquesne

Turning the Tide - the British Capture of Fort Duquesne

Fort Duquesne is one of the most important sites associated with The French and Indian War (1754 - 1763). It’s construction by the French in 1754 was a catalyst for that war as the British and French competed for control of the Ohio Valley. It’s capture by the British in 1758 was a turning point, leading to the British invasion of Canada and the eventual removal of the French presence in North America.   Read more

Remembering Our Local Heroes

Remembering Our Local Heroes

This weekend, as well as remembering heroes from all over the world, The Cultural Experience have also been looking in to the stories of local soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War.   Read more

The Great War 100 Years On

The Great War 100 Years On

For more than ten years, The Cultural Experience have been exploring the battlefields, stories and soldiers of the Great War. As a result, we have collected some great images of various memorials.  Read more

The Mystery of the Unfinished Violin

The Mystery of the Unfinished Violin

An unfinished violin, with a secret history has started a journey of discovery after new owner, Folk musician Sam Sweeney, traced its origins after finding a small note dated 1915 inside the violin’s body.

The violin, bought in pieces at auction and restored by Rodger Claridge, was bought by Mr Sweeney in 2009. It appeared brand new, except for a small note, which was identified as a signature.

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Was Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo caused by a volcanic eruption?

Was Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo caused by a volcanic eruption?

As we leave the summer behind and embark upon our autumn tours, one tour that never fails to excite is our classic “Walking Waterloo” tour in October. A staple for every Napoleonic enthusiast, the Battle of Waterloo is such an iconic, pivotal and well-debated event that it is unusual to uncover new information. However, that is exactly what has happened.  Read more

British Travel Awards Nominee 2018

British Travel Awards Nominee 2018

Thanks to your amazing support last year we won a Travel Mole award for the best branded travel website.

We are delighted to announce that we have now been shortlisted in the category of "Best Special Interest Holiday Company" at the British Travel Awards.  Read more

Press Release - The Cultural Experience Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

Press Release - The Cultural Experience Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

The Cultural Experience has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.  Read more

Come and see us in 2018

Come and see us in 2018

We will be appearing at a number of events in 2018 and we would love to catch up with you or meet you for the first time. Here is a list of events where you can see us.  Read more

The defining features and hardships of the Salonika Campaign

The defining features and hardships of the Salonika Campaign

The campaign along what is now the Greece-Macedonia boarder, known as the Salonika front, is one of the least studied and explored parts of the First World War. The line was established in 1915 by the allied forces in an attempt to protect Serbia against attacks from the combined Bulgarian, Germans and Austro-Hungarian forces.   Read more

SS Iona II: Confederate blockade runner

SS Iona II: Confederate blockade runner

Launched in 1863, The SS Iona II had not even been in service for a year, but already this state of the art twin paddle steamer built to ferry Scots across the River Clyde had been snapped up for trans-Atlantic clandestine operations by Charles Hopkins Boster of Richmond, VA. On the night 19th January 1864, fully laden with coal and her mysterious cargo, she set sail to travel the short journey across the Irish Sea to Queenstown (Cobh) near Cork, where some say she refueled again  Read more

Low Deposit Offer This January

Low Deposit Offer This January

This January you can book any of our tours which have a duration of 6 days or longer from just £100 per person*  Read more

2019 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

2019 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

We have been working hard to come up with some brilliant tours that we are looking to run throughout 2019. You can register your interest in these tours by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

By registering your interest in a tour you will be given an exclusive booking window to be able to book a tour before it goes on general sale so please do let us know if a tour interests you.  Read more

Winners Of The Best Branded Travel Website

Winners Of The Best Branded Travel Website

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that voted for us at the recent Travel Mole awards. We were up against some stiff competition but are delighted to announce that we won "Best Branded Website"  Read more

WW1 Memorial in Stourhead

WW1 Memorial in Stourhead

Our operations manager Emma recently took a trip to Stourhead to visit the sculpture trail created by The Scraptors Sculpture Group. It was commissioned by the National Trust to commemorate the effect of World War 1 on the local community.  Read more

The Cultural Experience At TankFest 2018

The Cultural Experience At TankFest 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at TankFest 2018 in Bovvington, Dorset.   Read more

The Battle of Borodino

The Battle of Borodino

On the 7th September 1812 the meteoric career of Napoleon Bonaparte reached its apogee and started its precipitous descent towards catastrophe as the Emperor fought the Russians in one of the bloodiest battles of the 19th century.   Read more

2018 Tour Programme Now On Sale

2018 Tour Programme Now On Sale

After months of planning and designing we are delighted to introduce our new brochure for 2017 / 2018, which is packed with over 45 battlefield tours and cultural experiences.  Read more

John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

Veterans of TCE Peninsular War tours with Col. Nick Lipscombe to the East Coast of Spain and the Pyrenees may well be familiar with the name of Major General John Byne Skerrett, an officer who eventually left Wellington’s army under a cloud after a series of poor battlefield judgments.  Read more

Tale of Two Peninsulas

Tale of Two Peninsulas

When an Anglo-Russian army left North Holland in the late autumn of 1799, under an armistice granted to them by the Franco-Dutch forces they had failed to defeat, there would seem to have been little to celebrate. Granted, the Dutch navy was now in British hands.  Read more

Tunnel Network in World War 1

Tunnel Network in World War 1

At The Cultural Experience we always look to create tours that are educational and informative and we often explore areas and parts of history that are lesser known.

One such example of this is our Tunnellers on the Western Front tour: The Underground War.   Read more

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

A lesser known tale of the Americans involvement in World War 2 is the strange “Battle of Los Angeles”

Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, many Americans believed that enemy raids were likely to take place at any moment, which was not helped when U.S Secretary of War Henry Stimson warned that American cities should be prepared to take the “occasional blow”.   Read more

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Ashley Truluck and guests from Britain, America and Australia have just returned from this year’s tour of Malta. Despite (or perhaps because of!) the international mix, the group got on particularly well and had a great time.  Read more

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance Sunday 2016

For the Fallen...  Read more

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