Piltdown Man - a very British hoax

Piltdown Man - a very British hoax

In 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson claimed to have discovered the 'missing link' between ape and man. But 'the Piltdown Man' was a paleoanthropological fraud, in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human, though it took another 40 years to finally disprove the claim.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales - a glasshouse wonder

The National Botanic Garden of Wales - a glasshouse wonder

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, is a relatively recent addition to the horticultural scene. It only opened in May 2000, and is now the most visited garden in Wales with an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties.

Flying research lab probes the atmosphere

Flying research lab probes the atmosphere

The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), based at the Cranfield University campus alongside Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, conducts pioneering research about weather activities and air conditions with a specially equipped aircraft.

The dramatic and tragic Clayton Tunnel

The dramatic and tragic Clayton Tunnel

Anyone travelling by train through Sussex on the Brighton Main Line from London will surely have noticed the Clayton Tunnel between Hassocks and Preston Park railway stations. With its turreted and castellated north portal, it is a charming and whimsical sight, but has a tragic history.

John Nevil Maskelyne - conjuring up illusions

John Nevil Maskelyne - conjuring up illusions

John Nevil Maskelyne (1839 – 1917) was a stage magician, inventor, and scourge of fake mediums. As well as creating illusions and magical contraptions, he can lay claim to be the first man to 'spend a penny', having originated the coin-operated toilet cubicle.

From London to Edinburgh - the A1, Britain's longest road

From London to Edinburgh - the A1, Britain's longest road

Britain's longest road, the A1, reflects the historic coaching route once used by mail coaches between London, York and Edinburgh. For much of its route the A1 follows various branches of what was then known as the Great North Road. The A1 is 410 miles (660km) long - making it the UK's longest numbered road, designated by the Ministry of Transport in 1921.

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