Digging for Britain is a greatest-hits archaeology compilation on BBC Two and the wonderful BBC Four. Each hour-long programme picks a selection of th(...)

The Cemfjord cargo ship after it overturned off the north coast of Scotland. . Photograph: RNLI Wick/PA

Eight crew members of a cargo ship that capsized in heavy seas in the Pentland Firth are presumed lost after a huge search operation failed to find th(...)

Pro-union protestors gesture beside police during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow this evening. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 2:00

Hundreds of people crowded into Glasgow’s George Square tonight, with police separating rival supporters of the union and independence.Officers, some (...)

Last stand: re-enacting the Battle of Clontarf. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the spring of 1014 Brian Boru mustered his forces and marched on Dublin to suppress a rebellion by King Sitric Silkenbeard and Sitric’s uncl(...)

The IFA report says  the Irish farmed salmon sector would “only fill a corner” of one Norwegian fjord. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Delays in issuing fish farm licences have cost an estimated €60 million in investment ove(...)

The Northern Lights at Embleton Bay in Northumberland last night. Photograph: Tom White/PA Wire 0:20

People across Ireland and Britain experienced something rather special as they turned their eyes to the heavens last night - a rare glimpse of (...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

Bo Gunnar Almqvist, professor emeritus of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin, was born in Alster, a rural area in Varmland, western Sweden. H(...)

The rising figures for black Caribbean MS in Britain sufferers poses issues about culturally sensitive care for the National Health Service. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Multiple sclerosis is most often found in northern Europe, north America, Australia and New Zealand, all populated by European colonists. In Br(...)

The Stena Carron oil drill ship, moored at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.  Scotland’s oil and gas riches are playing a major part in the independence debate. Photograph:   via Getty

For nearly four decades, the Shetland Islands have been linked in the public’s mind with oil, a community that has done well from the exploration of t(...)