Historical Tour News
All the latest historical, archaeological and battlefield news brought to you by The Cultural Experience.
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
An archaeologist has discovered ancient inscriptions in Pompeii, which she has described as the ‘social media’ posts of the Roman Empire. Read more
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
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
Archaeologists working in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have discovered a vibrant fresco which depicts two gladiators engaging in battle. Read more
A memorial has been unveiled in Barnet which commemorates the first British soldier to die in WW1. Read more
Albert Gilmour had always wondered why his mother was reluctant to show him his birth certificate.
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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