Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) mouth wide open, feeding in shallow water, surrounded by fish. South Bimini Island, Bahamas.

The last month has seen an inspiring influx of images from around the world. From Africa we have an engaging leopard family, rare black panthers and a dramatic eagle/stork confrontation. From Asia we’ve added more great content from Wild Wonders of China, including many Taiwanese endemic species. From Europe we have starling murmurations and birds…

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Sister Augustina manages the affairs of the Benedictine Minster Abbey, Isle of Sheppey, Kent and also has a humorous relationship with Chocky the cow. Date: 1980s

Photographer Colin Horsman captured the images for his Monastic Life series in the early to mid-1980s in several abbeys and priories in the south of England. The colour and black & white photos show nuns and monks in spiritual practice, religious study and silent contemplation, but also working on the farm or in the garden.…

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fabric designs

With Spring now within touching distance, it feels appropriate to introduce a brand new contributor to the Mary Evans fold that has more freshness than your favourite fabric conditioner. Tanya Atkinson was a textile designer working during the 1950s, and we are delighted to offer her range of over 150 patterns for licensing. Created using…

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We’ve featured John Frost Newspapers before as Collection of the Week, but a recent submission of new material is certainly worth bringing to the attention of our COTW readers. To recap, John Frost Newspapers is an incredible resource of original newspapers, magazines and press cuttings from the UK and abroad, covering major and minor news…

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March sees the celebration of both World Book Day (4th) and International Women’s Day (8th). These two events give us the perfect opportunity to showcase one of the jewels in the Royal Armouries collection – ‘The Tower Fechtbuch’. Also known as I.33, it is the oldest known fencing manuscript in existence. One of the most…

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Smartly-dressed middle aged woman standing proudly (if slightly stifly) in a suburban garden with her lawnmower.

While we have our fair share of photographs that chronicle great deeds and iconic moments, sometimes, it’s the pictures that record more ordinary lives that speak to us most eloquently from the past. A case in point is a recent set of one family’s snaps which we’ve just added to the website. Taken between 1959…

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Oriental / Crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) feeding on honeycomb surrounded by bees, Chayi, Taiwan

This month we’ve added an interesting mix of new images to our site, showing wildlife and marine life from destinations around the world. You’ll also find strong coverage on the polar regions, climate change and dramatic weather. Look out for great new photos of various owls, plus fascinating material from Wild Wonders of China, featuring…

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival ©ac productions / robertharding

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held on the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, usually in September or October. The colourful festival celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. The festival is famous for its extreme…

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The waters around the British Isles are amongst the richest in the world. Our seas and coastline support a wealth of amazing wildlife, which is the focus of the latest book idea from Nature Picture Library. Find out more in our Britain’s Wild Seas blog, featuring images by leading underwater photographer Alex Mustard and other…

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Presentation sword (jian). Chinese, Ming Dynasty, probably Yongle period, 1402-24 The hilt is of gilt iron. The front panel is chiselled and fretted with a dragon surrounded by interlacing flames, with triple claws on each paw.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year The period from 12 to 26 February, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of the Chinese new year. Celebrations traditionally include family gatherings, lion and dragon dances, as well as fireworks and gift giving. The Royal Armouries has a fine collection of interesting objects originating…

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