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
Simon Thurley: my five best books 
Simon Thurley
Expert’s view

Simon Thurley: my five best books 

The architectural historian chooses his five favourite books
23 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

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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
Nostalgia drives boom in transport memorabilia
Illuminating vintage garage sign © Cheffins
The wish list

Nostalgia drives boom in transport memorabilia

Tube train luggage racks and illuminated garage signs are in demand
8 Feb 2021
Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?
oliver_cromwell.jpg
In Depth

Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?

Festive games and carol singing were outlawed during the English Civil War
14 Dec 2020
Windrush activist lists ‘100 great black Britons’
Steve McQueen
In Brief

Windrush activist lists ‘100 great black Britons’

The Black History Month project celebrates individuals who collectively span the past 400 years
1 Oct 2020
Almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery
Chartwell
In Brief

Almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery

Review reveals ‘uncomfortable truths’ behind homes owned by famous figures including Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling
22 Sep 2020
What is Zionism?
Israel, Zionism, World War Two, Holocaust
In Depth

What is Zionism?

The controversial religious and political movement re-established Israel as the central location for Jewish identity
7 Sep 2020
Quiz of The Week: 1 - 7 August
Donald Trump
In Brief

Quiz of The Week: 1 - 7 August

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
7 Aug 2020
Archaeologists map Roman city using ‘quad bike and radar’
1599px-porta_di_giove_falerii_novi_06_cropped.jpg
In Brief

Archaeologists map Roman city using ‘quad bike and radar’

New scanning system reveals ‘elaborate’ details of ancient settlement
9 Jun 2020
Chernobyl forest fire: is the public at risk?
Chernobyl Fire
In Depth

Chernobyl forest fire: is the public at risk?

Atmospheric radiation spikes in exclusion zone following suspected arson blaze
8 Apr 2020
How the pandemics of the 20th century ended
Asian Flu, 1957, pandemic
In Depth

How the pandemics of the 20th century ended

Spanish, Asian and Hong Kong flu killed millions before medical advances and social measures brought them to a close
2 Apr 2020
Spanish flu: how not to deal with a pandemic
Spanish flu nurses
In Depth

Spanish flu: how not to deal with a pandemic

Coronavirus has reminded us of 1918 and the influenza that killed up to 100 million
26 Feb 2020
Brexit battle: is it time to return the Elgin Marbles?
Elgin Marbles
In Depth

Brexit battle: is it time to return the Elgin Marbles?

EU adds clause to trade deal suggesting UK give the artefacts back to Greece
19 Feb 2020
VE Day: how World War 2 ended
VE Day
In Depth

VE Day: how World War 2 ended

This year Europe will mark 75 years since the Allies declared victory over Germany
6 Feb 2020
Iron Age coins: how £10m hoard was discovered
Jersey Iron Age Coins
In Brief

Iron Age coins: how £10m hoard was discovered

Two amateur treasures hunters handed Guinness World Records title after unearthing pre-Christian haul on Jersey
3 Feb 2020
How the First World War began
888,246 ceramic poppies commemorate WWI at the Tower of London
In Depth

How the First World War began

The root of the devastating conflict is still being debated
29 Jan 2020
Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?
Charles de Gaulle
In Depth

Why is France awarding London the Legion d’honneur?

Emmanuel Macron sparks controversy with move to commemorate the city’s help during WWII
3 Jan 2020
Oval Four cleared 47 years after being framed by detective
Winston Trew, Oval Four
In Depth

Oval Four cleared 47 years after being framed by detective

The young black men were jailed on false theft charges
6 Dec 2019
London Bridge: a history of disaster
London Bridge, Fire
In Depth

London Bridge: a history of disaster

Friday’s deadly terror attack is latest in string of tragedies involving the bridge over the centuries
2 Dec 2019
Frozen ‘dog’: 18,000-year-old puppy confuses scientists
Dog, Wolf
In Depth

Frozen ‘dog’: 18,000-year-old puppy confuses scientists

DNA sequencing has failed to determine species of the frozen animal
29 Nov 2019
Quid pro quo: the origins of the term haunting Donald Trump
Donald Trump
In Depth

Quid pro quo: the origins of the term haunting Donald Trump

Professor of historical linguistics explores how the use of the Latin phrase has evolved
27 Nov 2019
How big was the British Empire and why did it collapse?
British Empire
Daily Briefing

How big was the British Empire and why did it collapse?

The largest in history at its height, there is little left of the British Empire today
26 Nov 2019
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