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How Britain put an end to mass shootings
Tributes left outside Dunblane Primary School following the mass shooting
In Depth

How Britain put an end to mass shootings

Legislation passed after 1996 Dunblane massacre changed UK gun law for ever
26 May 2022
Five times the cost of living triggered civil unrest
Yellow vests protestors demonstrate near the Arc de Triomphe
In Depth

Five times the cost of living triggered civil unrest

Police reportedly preparing for imminent clashes and disorder across the UK
25 May 2022
What Scotland can learn from Irish independence
Irish flags
Expert’s view

What Scotland can learn from Irish independence

Economists predict Scottish transition would fail to curb increasing interest rates and inequality
23 May 2022
The British Empire’s policies still at play in the UK
Map of territories that have been part of British Empire
Expert’s view

The British Empire’s policies still at play in the UK

Policies rooted in imperialism policies influence today’s tax and trade systems and even the wine we drink
16 May 2022
Walking into the past on Hadrian’s Wall
Shot of the wall from above
The big trip

Walking into the past on Hadrian’s Wall

This year marks the 1,900th anniversary of the ancient wall
16 May 2022
Colonialism and climate change: the link examined
Demonstrators hold sign reading ‘the climate crisis is colonialism’ at Fridays for Future protest in Mexico City
Expert’s view

Colonialism and climate change: the link examined

Top scientists point to connection for first time in new IPCC study
25 Apr 2022
What is the definition of genocide?
Bodies being loaded in to a van in Bucha, Ukraine
In Depth

What is the definition of genocide?

Russia accused of mass civilian killings in areas surrounding Kyiv
5 Apr 2022

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Vladimir Putin’s narrative of Russian victimhood examined
Prayer service dedicated to 1033rd anniversary of the Christianisation of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine at monument to St Volodymyr in Kyiv in July 2021
Expert’s view

Vladimir Putin’s narrative of Russian victimhood examined

Russian president has repeatedly pointed to his country’s history to justify Ukraine invasion
28 Mar 2022
Hidden gems in Historic England’s new archive
Stoke
Why we’re talking about . . .

Hidden gems in Historic England’s new archive

New online library features 400,000 ‘bird’s eye views’ of the country dating back to 1919
22 Mar 2022
How did World War II begin?
Adolf Hitler
In Depth

How did World War II begin?

Fears mounting that Ukraine invasion could trigger third global war
16 Mar 2022
What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance ship?
The Endurance wreck
In Brief

What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance ship?

Scientists on the SA Agulhas II have found the famous wreck almost perfectly preserved
9 Mar 2022
How is St Patrick’s Day celebrated?
St Patrick's Day
In Depth

How is St Patrick’s Day celebrated?

Raise a pint on 17 March to the annual Irish festival
1 Mar 2022
The meaning of Lent – and ten popular things to give up
Coffee
In Depth

The meaning of Lent – and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
25 Feb 2022
Partygate vs. Cash for Honours: the Boris and Blair rows compared
Tony Blair
In Depth

Partygate vs. Cash for Honours: the Boris and Blair rows compared

Boris Johnson could become the first PM to be questioned by police since Tony Blair in 2006
26 Jan 2022
The ‘prime suspect’ in Anne Frank’s betrayal
Anne Frank
Between the lines

The ‘prime suspect’ in Anne Frank’s betrayal

Documentary alleges Arnold van den Bergh gave up diarist and her family to Nazis
17 Jan 2022
Medieval warhorses ‘no bigger than modern ponies’
Dartmoor ponies
Tall Tales

Medieval warhorses ‘no bigger than modern ponies’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
11 Jan 2022
Did Oliver Cromwell actually cancel Christmas?
oliver_cromwell.jpg
In Depth

Did Oliver Cromwell actually cancel Christmas?

Secret celebrations were known to have continued despite 17th-century laws against festivities
24 Dec 2021
Have we gone too far in our search for cheap meat?
Chickens in a supermarket
In Depth

Have we gone too far in our search for cheap meat?

A chicken today costs a fraction of its price 50 years ago
17 Dec 2021
The real story behind the House of Gucci
Lady Gaga in House of Gucci
Getting to grips with . . .

The real story behind the House of Gucci

Ridley Scott’s movie tracks rise and assassination of fashion boss
23 Nov 2021
How did World War One end?
World War One, First World War, Armistice
In Depth

How did World War One end?

Duchess of Cornwall marks Armistice Day at Westminster Abbey
11 Nov 2021
What do the different coloured poppies mean?
White Remebrance Poppy
In Depth

What do the different coloured poppies mean?

Volunteers are distributing millions of poppies in the run up to Remembrance Day
8 Nov 2021
The National Trust: a cultural battleground
Winston Churchill’s former residence Chartwell, near Westerham in Kent
In Focus

The National Trust: a cultural battleground

Critics believe it has become too ‘woke’ and a rebel alliance has been formed
22 Oct 2021
Book of the week: Black Gold by Jeremy Paxman
Miners pictured after their last shift at Kellingley Colliery, the UK's last deep coal mine, on 18 December 2015 in Knottingley, England
In Review

Book of the week: Black Gold by Jeremy Paxman

Paxman’s history of coal is told with ‘characteristic panache’
8 Oct 2021
Book of the week: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon - The Diaries 1938-43 
Henry ‘Chips’ Channon The Diaries 1938-43
In Review

Book of the week: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon - The Diaries 1938-43 

Channon’s diaries are a ‘great work of literature’ by a less than great human being
24 Sep 2021
Spain criminalises support for Franco
Girl performs fascist salute during rally marking anniversary of Francisco Franco’s death
In Depth

Spain criminalises support for Franco

New legislation includes fines of up to €150,000 for ‘glorifying’ the dictator and Spanish Civil War
22 Jul 2021
A Cold War tragedy: the execution of the Rosenbergs
Protest over the Rosenbergs in France
In Depth

A Cold War tragedy: the execution of the Rosenbergs

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed as Soviet spies in 1953, but was Ethel innocent?
9 Jul 2021
How Denmark conquered England in 1013
A modern interpretation of Danish ships preparing to make landfall in England
Fact file

How Denmark conquered England in 1013

Danish warrior Sweyn Forkbeard is England’s ‘forgotten king’
7 Jul 2021
Can you solve GCHQ’s LGBT-themed Alan Turing brain-teaser?
Alan Turing mural at GCHQ headquarters
Quizzes and puzzles

Can you solve GCHQ’s LGBT-themed Alan Turing brain-teaser?

Spooks release puzzle as £50 note dedicated to the code breaker enters circulation
23 Jun 2021
A brief history of human cannibalism
Fiji village
In Focus

A brief history of human cannibalism

Madrid arrest brings focus on historic practice
18 Jun 2021
How thieves stole Mary Queen of Scots’ gold rosary beads
Arundel Castle
Why we’re talking about . . .

How thieves stole Mary Queen of Scots’ gold rosary beads

Police investigating abandoned burnt-out car believed to be connected to £1m robbery
24 May 2021
Napoleon’s contested legacy
The bronze statue of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris
In Brief

Napoleon’s contested legacy

Two hundred years after the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, a bitter debate is still raging in France over his place in its history
14 May 2021
Briefing: The Paris Commune
The Paris Commune: ‘A brief interlude of springtime revolution’
In Depth

Briefing: The Paris Commune

150 years ago, a socialist-inspired uprising briefly transformed the French capital, before it was ruthlessly crushed
9 Apr 2021
How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister
Sir Robert Walpole portrait
Fact file

How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister

It is 300 years since Walpole took office and began a long and unbroken tradition
1 Apr 2021
Look up and learn: ten of England’s most unnoticed historical sites
The Peel Building carvings © Martin Henderson / Art UK
In Focus

Look up and learn: ten of England’s most unnoticed historical sites

Make the most of lockdown exercise and discover the heritage on your doorstep
15 Feb 2021
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