In 1798, less than a decade before Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar, a British victory and a key moment in the Napoleonic Wars, scientist Edward Jenner had developed a successful defence against smallpox – the world’s first vaccine.
The project removed the estimated 13,000 lethal devices that were still buried on the islands.
The find is believed to have been part of an arms shipment that landed in Lochaber a fortnight after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat at Culloden.
During the Second World War, Duxford was both an RAF and a United States Army Air Force station, playing an important role in the Battle of Britain. Many of its original structures remain intact and are themselves listed.
The site of a Royalist garrison in Nottinghamshire, Shelford Manor was besieged by Parliamentary forces on 3 November 1645.
Although the machines were once produced in high quantities, they are today extremely rare, with only a few surviving intact in German museums.
‘This armour is a worldfamous image of the medieval European knight,’ said Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection.
Closed for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum lost as much as 95% of its income, which is heavily reliant on visitors. Before the donation, it was estimated to end the year with a deficit of £2m, putting many jobs at risk.
The ‘Marlow Warlord’ has been identified as a high-status figure from the 6th century, according to archaeologists from the University of Reading, who carried out the research.
Noor Inayat Khan and Christine Granville both came to Britain immediately before the war broke out and served in their adopted home country’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).