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

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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’
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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
Seven tragic Second World War poems
World War Two, Second World War,
In Depth

Seven tragic Second World War poems

Less well-known than those of the First World War, the poems of WWII are just as gut-wrenching
19 Nov 2019
A guide to The Crown’s filming locations
Greenwich Naval College, The Crown, London
In Depth

A guide to The Crown’s filming locations

From the Scottish Highlands to the plains of South Africa
11 Nov 2019
The most moving First World War poems
British soldiers, newly arrived in France ready themselves for the front line
In Depth

The most moving First World War poems

First World War poetry described the terror of the trenches and the futility of war
11 Nov 2019
How did World War 1 end?
World War One, First World War, Armistice
In Depth

How did World War 1 end?

The Queen marks Remembrance Sunday in central London
11 Nov 2019
What do the different coloured poppies mean?
White Poppy, Remembrance, World War One
In Depth

What do the different coloured poppies mean?

There are several to choose from
31 Oct 2019
What happened at the last December election in 1923?
Stanley Baldwin
In Depth

What happened at the last December election in 1923?

Pre-Christmas poll ‘spelled catastrophe for the Conservatives’ 96 years ago
30 Oct 2019
Where was the Garden of Eden? DNA has the answer
Makgadikgadi salt pans, Botswana
In Depth

Where was the Garden of Eden? DNA has the answer

Researchers say they have located the origin of modern humans in southern Africa
29 Oct 2019
What happened at the Battle of Trafalgar?
Battle of Trafalgar
In Depth

What happened at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Monday marks the 214th anniversary of Britain’s most famous naval victory
18 Oct 2019
The definition of genocide
Kurds, Turkey
In Depth

The definition of genocide

Turkey’s military operations against Kurdish positions in Syria has reopened debate about nature of ethnic cleansing
15 Oct 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 18. Music
Music
In Depth

52 ideas that changed the world - 18. Music

This emotive but hard-to-define art form has played a pivotal role in human evolution
11 Oct 2019
Who are the Kurds?
Kurds, Kurdistan, PKK, SDF, YPG, Turkey, Syria
In Depth

Who are the Kurds?

US accused of ‘betrayal’ after stepping aside for Turkish assault on Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria
10 Oct 2019