Historical Tour News
All the latest historical, archaeological and battlefield news brought to you by The Cultural Experience.
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
A war hero who took part in the liberation of Europe, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg died earlier this week, 5 days after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection. 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
Hundreds of feet of photo film taken by US U2 spy planes during the Cold War has been given a new scientific purpose. The images are proving to be an archaeological goldmine, with thousands of aerial photos from across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They offer a new perspective on archaeological sites that have either been damaged or have since disappeared. Read more
A colonial-era cemetery has been unearthed during building works in downtown Philadelphia. The First Baptist Church burial ground, one of the first designated cemeteries in the city, was moved in 1860 due to neglect and overcrowding but, as is becoming increasingly apparent, many of the burials were left behind. Read more
Local protest has erupted over the proposed renovations to two Grade II listed historic pubs in the Yorkshire village of Otley. The Black Bull dates to the early 16th Century and is the oldest pub in the village. Allegedly, the pub was drunk dry by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers on the eve of the Battle of Marston Moor, one of the most important battles during the English Civil War. 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
Excavations in Germany’s Arnsberg Forest have uncovered over 400 artefacts at the site where 208 Polish and Soviet forced labourers were murdered by the Waffen SS and German Army. The site shows how the planned and systematic executions were carried out in three separate groups over three days in March 1945, mere months before the end of the war. 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
Four Navy Veterans who took part in the D-Day landings have been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest order of merit. The touching ceremony took place onboard the HMS Belfast on February 26th, exactly 100 days from the 75th D-Day anniversary on June 6th. Read more
Ex-bomber pilot Richard ‘Dick’ Churchill, one of the last living survivors of the real ‘Great Escape’ has died at the age of 99. Churchill was the 50th of the 76 RAF Prisoners of War who took part in the daring tunnel escape from German prison camp Stalag Luft III. 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
The wreck of a German U-Boat from the First World War has emerged from the sand on Wissant beach, near Calais. The wreck, which was stranded and flooded in 1917, became visible in December due to sand movement caused by the tides and wind. Read more
A series of drawings and graffiti has been discovered in a barn in Sommervieu, Normandy, believed to be the work of British soldiers resting just after the landings at Gold Beach on D-Day. The drawings and signatures, uncovered by British Military Historian Dan Hill, offer a rare snapshot into the thoughts of the soldiers who were invading France.
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
During the winter of 1861, Southampton became the unexpected centre of the American Civil War, playing host to the damaged Confederate steamer Nashville, and the Federal war ship that pursued her. 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 come towards the end of the centenary year of the First World War, we are taking a closer look at those who fought and died in the last months of the war. Our successful 1918 Centenary tours explored the events of the final year and our First & Last Shots tour next year will look at the last days of the war that changed the world. However, we would like to take the opportunity to explore the story of a remarkable individual who almost made it throughout the entire war. Read more
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
On Christmas Eve, 1944, the Belgian troopship SS Leopoldville was carrying American troops of the 66th Infantry Division to join The Battle of the Bulge when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. 800 men lost their lives just five miles from the French coast. 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