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The good war?

Peter Hitchens challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War<p>Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, <i>The</i> …

World War II

English Heritage seeks Stonehenge holiday snaps for digital album

English Heritage is encouraging visitors to share their holiday snaps of trips to Stonehenge – the older the better – to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the monument belonging to the nation.<p>The charity is aiming to create a digital album of pictures ranging from black and white photos from …

Stonehenge

The extraordinary history of ordinary things

Sam Willis and James Daybell explore the history of several everyday items<p>Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell explore some of the fascinating …

History

A half-hour history of Europe

Simon Jenkins and Kathleen Burk explore the continent’s history from ancient times until the present day<p>Author and journalist Simon Jenkins is joined …

Podcasting

From magnificent ruins to imposing forts: 10 must-visit British castles

England, Wales and Scotland are filled with castles that are rich in history and mythology. Here, Michael Smith rounds up 10 must-visit castles in …

Castles

When the Ku Klux Klan was a mass movement

The Ku Klux Klan, which originated in the American South after the Civil War, began as a secret society dedicated to maintaining white supremacy. …

War

Spanish flu: the virus that changed the world

In spring 1918 a disease began to sweep around the planet – a lethal virus that infected a third of the world's population and left upwards of 50 …

Flu

A history of homelessness

The UK government recently pledged to 'end homelessness' by 2027. But has such a strategy ever been attempted before and, given the success of …

Homelessness

History Weekends 2018: 5 minutes with Nicola Tallis

Lettice Knollys, the cousin of Elizabeth I, began the queen's reign basking in royal favour. By 1978, she was banished from court for daring to marry …

Henry Viii

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry III

The eldest son of King John, Henry III came to the throne at an early age and enjoyed a reign longer than that of any other English monarch until …

Westminster Abbey

Did English leaders “deliberately acquiesce” to foreign rule in 1066?

Following UK MP Boris Johnson’s assertion that “our leaders were deliberately acquiescing in foreign rule” in 1066, George Garnett, a professor of …

Boris Johnson

Bletchley Park: Britain’s wartime intelligence factory

Christopher Grey explains why Alan Turing was not the only star of Britain's Second World War secret data gathering centre...<p>Mention the words …

Alan Turing

Egyptian archaeologists find sphinx at Aswan temple

<b>Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a statue of a sphinx while draining water from the pharaonic temple of Kom Ombo near the southern city of Aswan.</b><p>The antiquities ministry said the statue of the mythical beast, which measures about 28cm (11in) wide and 38cm tall, was made of sandstone.<p>It …

Archaeology

12 surprising facts about Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was born on 21 April 1926 in London, and became queen of Great Britain and …

History

8 must-visit castles with Tudor connections

The 118-year reign of the Tudors left an indelible mark on modern Britain, says Nathen Amin. Here, the author and historian takes you on a …

Henry Viii

A beginner’s guide to art history

Museum researchers tell us that the average visitor spends just 17 to 27 seconds in front of an artwork – yet such a short window of time won't …

History

The history of student life: 7 things you didn’t know

From revelries to riots, British student life is filled with remarkable traditions and characters. Here, Ellie Cawthorne, who presented a <i>BBC Radio 4</i> …

St Andrews

9 medieval battles more significant than Agincourt

It is more than 600 years since Henry V led England to victory at the battle of Agincourt on 25 October 1415, defeating a French army significantly …

Richard III

What was England’s reaction to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1751?

What was England's reaction to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1751 and what many saw as the loss of 11 days of their lives?<p>There’s a …

William Shakespeare: father's legal skirmishes shed light on bard's early years

John Shakespeare fell victim to a perfectly legal kind of persecution. William grew to adulthood in a household that had been 'downranked'<p>Long-forgotten documents revealing how William Shakespeare’s entrepreneur father John was victimised by informers who wanted to extract money from him have been …

William Shakespeare

Great wars started by young men with “jangling hormones”, argues Simon Jenkins

It’s a curious feature of Europe’s history, says Simon Jenkins, that the continent has seen many wars of conquest sparked by “virile young men”<p>“Yet …

Hormones

History Weekends 2018: 5 minutes with Lauren Mackay

Thomas and George Boleyn, father and brother of Anne, are usually consigned to the margins in the story of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. And yet …

Henry Viii

The real Gangs of New York: Remarkable photos show the original mobsters who ruled Manhattan's brutal Five Points neighborhood in the 19th century

From the Short Tail Gang to the Gopher Gang, these are the remarkable photos of the real-life gangs who ruled New York in the late nineteenth century.<p>…

Eastern Europe

'Oldest known drawing' found on tiny rock in South Africa

<b>Scientists say they have discovered humanity's oldest known drawing on a small fragment of rock in South Africa.</b><p>The drawing is about 73,000 years old, and shows cross-hatch lines sketched onto stone with red ochre pigment.<p>Scientists discovered the small fragment of the drawing - which some say …

South Africa

10 things you might not know about Roald Dahl

He is one of Britain's most beloved writers, the creator of more than 20 children's books including <i>Matilda</i>, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i> and <i>The</i> …

Roald Dahl

The 2008 financial crisis explained

On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, we explore the causes and consequences of the crash, consider its historical parallels, and ask …

University of Cambridge

Victorian Society reveals top 10 buildings 'crying out' to be saved

<b>An old Islamic school once suspected of training terrorists and a group of gothic cemetery chapels have been named on a top 10 endangered buildings list.</b><p>The former Legat's ballet school in East Sussex was raided by police in 2006 - now a campaign hopes to save it.<p>The Victorian Society's annual list …

Top 10

Britain's last surviving female World War Two pilot remembers her days flying Spitfires, Hurricanes and Hellcats now she is a great-grandmother about to turn 101

Britain's last surviving female pilot from WWII has shared memories of her wartime role ahead of turning 101 next month.<p>Eleanor Wadsworth joined the …

Recruitment

The battle of Saragarhi: When 21 Sikh soldiers stood against 10,000 men

In the late 19th century, tensions were heightened between Britain and Russia as the nations battled over territories in central Asia. British forces …

Indian Army

The big question: Has the European Union been a success

Europe’s ambitious postwar project is considered by some to 
have been a triumph, ensuring peace and steadying economies across the continent – yet …

European Union