Eight billion cans sold and counting…
Eighty years ago, Hormel Foods introduced a simple, canned meat product called Spam. It would go on to become one of the greatest marketing success stories of all time.
The children's author Michael Bond left a literary legacy of inclusion and tolerance.
Andimba (Herman) Toivo Ya Toivo remained loyal to what made him the personification of the desire to live in an independent country governed by, and for, its people.
The latest film about Britain's revered war leader struggles to capture the man – or give his wife the credit she deserves.
A pigeon ready for release, showing the cylinder containing a message strapped to her leg.
Imperial War Museum
The humble carrier pigeon played a huge role in World War I and saved many lives. But despite huge technological advances, animals are still suffering and dying in modern wars.
In the years leading up to World War II, Ivan Maisky and Winston Churchill developed a close friendship.
Courtesy of the Voskressenski family
The Soviet ambassador to London showed that charm and contacts can trump espionage when it comes to gathering information.
Chinese ceramics recovered from the 9th century Belitung shipwreck in Indonesia, now held at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
ArtScience Museum Singapore
Archaeologists this week found that more than half of of HMAS Perth, a WWII wreck in Indonesia, has disappeared. It's now a race to protect the millions of other wrecks and sunken cities lying under the oceans.
A visitor pauses at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
AP Photo/J. David Ake, File
An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
History does not look kindly on hearings behind closed doors.
Bill Tutte, the brilliant codebreaker.
He was one of the brilliant mathematical geniuses who helped crack the Nazi codes, but few have ever heard of his name. So who was Bill Tutte?
Australians shelter from Japanese snipers in Borneo, 1945.
Australian War Memorial collection/Flickr
There are about 59,000 cards in archival boxes from the Red Cross's WW2 enquiry service. While their language is impersonal, the golden rule was to provide solace to soldiers' families, and fast.
Does Japan’s moral education system leave any room for students to appreciate diversity and think critically?
The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
The book provides an account of Primo Levi’s survival in Auschwitz.
The imperative issued by Levi’s text is not that one should persist in seeing the human in the inhuman. It is more like its opposite: that one bear must witness to the inhuman in the human.
London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral during the great fire raid of December 29, 1940, during World War Two.
As the bombs fell, people flocked to the movies.
Syrian Christians and Muslims offer prayers for nuns held by rebels, at the Greek Orthodox Mariamiya Church in Damascus, Syria, in 2013.
For many centuries, Syrian society has included people of many faiths – Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, Christians and Druze. This past is important to know to understand the present.
The Cap Arcona burning.
The chaos that led to a disastrous attack in the final days of WWII.
Coffee beans picked from a crop in Timor-Leste.
United Nations Photo, flickr
In wartime, food and drink may be a weapon or embodiment of the enemy, but also 'a token of hope, a soothing relief'. In East Timor, coffee has played a vital role.
The crosses at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.
Basque children fleeing the Spanish Civil War arriving in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1937.
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
There were mixed reactions to refugees from the Spanish Civil War and the Nazis by the British press.
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The Imperial War Museum was founded to do a very different task to that of today.