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Iconic armour of King Henry VIII's on display in Kent

King Henry VIII's armour has returned to Leeds Castle in Kent after 500 years.

Two of the most iconic pieces of armour that belonged to the infamous monarch are on exhibition in the Castle from 23 July to 21 September.

The Tonlet armour of King Henry VIII's will be on display at Leeds Castle Credit: Leeds Castle

The Horned Helmet was commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a gift for the young King.

And the and the Tonlet armour, which was made for the King for the foot combat at the Field of Cloth of Gold, have been loaned to Leeds Castle by the Royal Armouries – home to the national collection of arms and armour.

The Horned Helmet was a gift for the young king Credit: Leeds Castle

Kent to receive share of £47m heritage funding

Key historic sites across our region are to receive part of £47m funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Henry VII's hunting lodge in Kent has be chosen to receive the money as part of a scheme to improve the country's heritage tourism economy.

The medieval palace at Knole will get £7.75m for repairs and conservation, as well as new visitor facilities and opening up previously unseen rooms.

Funding will also safeguard artefacts including fragile furniture from two Royal palaces and the original 17th century Knole settee.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund is aimed to promote the country's historic sites, which the Lottery Fund said was already worth £26 billion a year.

We know that heritage is a huge draw for visitors from home and abroad. More than a quarter of all UK holiday activities undertaken by UK residents now involve heritage.

These projects all offer the public the chance to explore and enjoy our rich and complex history."

– Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund


The raising of the Mary Rose: the past and future

It was a triumph of engineering - bringing Henry the Eight's flagship Mary Rose to the surface 30 years ago. Protecting her since then has pushed technology to the limit

Now she's at the forefront of science again - a new museum being built to house her will be one of the most advanced in the world. Richard Jones reports on the Mary Rose - the past and future.

30 year anniversary of raising of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is raised from the seabed - 11th October 1982

It's thirty years since the Mary Rose was raised from the bottom of the Solent.

The Tudor warship was rediscovered in 1971 and was salvaged in 1982 in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology.

Millions watched on television as the 437 year old wreck was raised from the deep.