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The Complete Works of Shakespeare
After more than 300 years the Bard's work is still as revered as ever. Professor Jonathan Bate from the University of Warwick, together with the RSC has produced a new Complete Works of Shakespeare, the first of it's kind to be produced from the First Folio since 1709 and certainly the first to be produced this century.(more on this story)

"Moonrise" Sheds Light on Art
“Moonrise Over Europe” features the work of Johan Christian Dahl, the Barber Institute's most successful exhibition to date, eclipsing exhibitions based on the works of better known artists such as Turner and Rossetti, bringing the work of Dahl out of the darkness and into the light! (more on this story)

Nelson: Britain's First Super Hero
The Battle of Trafalgar -- A defining moment in British history when a brilliant victory was won and Britain’s most popular hero lost his life. As Britain commemorates the bicentenary of both an extraordinary victory and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson, a King's College academic has published a new book expounding Nelson’s genius in transforming naval warfare and remarkable leadership abilities. (more on this story)

Manuscript Poetry - the Early Voice of Feminism?
Researchers from the University of Warwick have published an anthology of 14 neglected women poets writing between 1589 and 1706. "Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry" opens a window into a fascinating world and brings a female voice to a time which, up to now, has always been interpreted through the work of male writers.(more on this story)

Shakespeare's Lost Play
Lewis Theobald, the author of “Double Falsehood”, always maintained that his play was a re-working of the Bard’s original, an idea many dismissed as a hoax. But now Professor Brean Hammond from the University of Nottingham in the UK believes he has found credible evidence that links back to “Cardenio” – Shakespeare’s lost play based on storylines from Don Quixote. (more on this story)

Place Names - Will Lord of the Rings Win a Spear of God?
The English Place Name Society has been based at the University of Nottingham since 1968 and aims to explain the origin and development of all the place names of England. Professor J R R Tolkien was an active member of the society and his books drew heavily on Anglo-Saxon and Celtic languages for the names of places and characters in his books. (more on this story)

Clues to Croatia's Past
Archaeologists have made what they believe may be one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last 50 years. Staff at the Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham in the UK, supported by the British and Slovene Academies, have identified the Valley of the River Cetina in Croatia as one of the most important archaeological wetlands in Europe. (more on this story)

Another thing the Romans gave us - Virtual Reality!
The remains of Pompeii's ancient villas show us that the Romans decorated their villas with extravagant wall paintings of theatre scenes that used tricks of perspective to impress guests with what seemed at the time an early version of virtual reality. (more on this story)

Page contact: Tom Abbott Last revised: Wed 18 Apr 2007
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