This section gives the latest news about English history, including reports about research, archaeological finds, conferences and events.

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England shortlisted for award – Professor Amanda Vickery has been shortlisted for the 2009/2010 Pen Hessell-Tiltman Prize for her book on the Eighteenth Century ‘Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England.′

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I reveals secret snake – A mysterious image of a coiled snake has appeared in a 16th century painting of Queen Elizabeth I, the National Portrait Gallery has said.

Richard Brome Online: Researchers bring historical work into the digital age – The launch this week of a unique online edition of the collected plays of dramatist Richard Brome marks the culmination of a four-year project directed by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Sheffield.

Victorian murder mystery penned by scholar – Dr Ann Featherstone’s research into Victorian society has shed new light on some of the darkest alleyways in Victorian history. Her debut novel, Walking in Pimlico, is an evocative murder mystery that captures the soul of a period she has spent many years researching.

Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey – A new exhibition, Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey, co-curated by Professor Stephen Bann of the University of Bristol opened at the National Gallery last month.

Newly digitised manuscripts to shed light on bloody rebellion – Eye-witness statements of murder, pillage, rape and everyday life in 17th century Ireland go online this week as a set of aged and priceless manuscripts relating a bloody rebellion in 17th century Ireland is be made publicly accessible for the first time.

British Library Launches New Virtual History Timeline – Comparing the Peasants’ Revolt with the Punk Revolution or medieval astrology with the Apollo moon landings might appear unconnected at first, but the British Library’s new interactive website Timelines: Sources from History will allow students to get a sense of change, continuity and chronology when studying historical events

Research to inspire new interest in Victorian sculpture – A major new research project will provide a fresh perspective on the rich artistic culture of Victorian Britain.

Stories, legends and memories wanted about underground Norwich – Stories, legends and memories about subterranean Norwich are being sought by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) for a new research project into the city’s underground assets.

St Valentine’s Day in the nineteenth century – If you’re interested in the history behind the Valentine’s card you’re sending this week, pay a visit to the February exhibition at the Bodleian Library.

Hull History Centre opens its doors – After years of planning and months of moving, the state-of-the-art Hull History Centre opens on Monday, providing historians and researchers with a brand new archive.

Scientists ‘virtually restore’ 16th century tapestry at Hampton Court Palace – Scientists from the University of Manchester have turned back the clock 500 years – to reveal the original splendour of a faded 16th century tapestry.

Gothic Text Uncovered in Salisbury Cathedral – Salisbury Cathedral’s team of Conservators found more than they expected when, as part of their on-going schedule of work, they removed the Henry Hyde Monument from the cathedral’s South Aisle wall in order to repair and clean it.

Story of the Welsh in Patagonia revealed by archives – South America may not be instantly associated with Wales, however documents at The National Archives in Kew reveal an unusual story of the Welsh in Patagonia.

Tate Britain and University of York create partnership for Art History – A major new partnership has been established between the University of York and one of the UK’s leading art institutions.

Victorian poets brought Manchester to the brink – A little known period when Manchester and North West England edged to the brink of revolution has been brought to life through the poetry of the rebels.

Neurotic Ulsterman gives rich slice of eighteenth century life – An investigation into the life of an obscure but energetic eighteenth century Ulsterman has provided a vivid insight into early Hanoverian Britain.

Private papers reveal ‘Who’s Who of British Science’ – One of the most important archives of nineteenth-century science – stored in obscurity for over 100 years – has been reunited and acquired by the John Rylands University Library at The University of Manchester.

Dickensian Christmas dreamt up by marketers, says historian – The idealised picture of a Dickensian Christmas, where contented families innocently played parlour games by a twinkling Christmas tree is a misleading invention of marketers, according to new research.

Still in a Victorian world? – A major international conference which asks whether the Victorian legacy was so powerful that we are still living in a Victorian world was held at Cambridge University earlier this summer.

Digital versions of two musical manuscripts released online – Digital versions of Handel’s Messiah and My Ladye Nevells Booke – a unique 16th-century volume of keyboard music by William Byrd, was launched online by the British Library

United Kingdom prevents its historical treasures from being exported abroad – Vintage dresses, a naval explorer’s journal, a rare musical manuscript and a regulator clock are some of the outstanding cultural objects which have recently been saved by the British Government instead of being exported abroad.