Channel Tunnel: breaking through to France in 1990.
Those campaigning to leave are clinging onto the past for all the wrong reasons.
Repairs to the clock’s face take place every five years or so.
It's not the bell that needs attention, it's the Elizabeth Tower that houses it and the Great Clock that makes it chime.
Charles I attempts to arrest five members of Parliament in 1642.
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The idea that only Parliament should set British laws emerged to protect the people from the King.
It involves shifting calendars, greedy governments – and the Pope.
It's time for Britain to grow up, accept its place in Europe and, yes, join the euro.
The strange history of how the Bank of England came into being.
“I’m sorry if I intrude?”: actor John Liston as Paul Pry, 1825.
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No laughing matter: privacy fears were stoked in the 19th century even as people relished the tale of a Nosy Parker.
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It is 2016 but, when it comes to housing, in many ways it could actually be 1891.
The Bayeux tapestry: Harold swears his oath to William.
Experts believe that Henry I lies beneath a Reading car park. But some royal burials are even more mysterious.
Mary Mark Ockerbloom
You might think today's government is harsh, but the 1790s were a tough time for those who wanted to speak their mind.
Comrades in treachery: Donald Maclean (left) and Guy Burgess.
New papers shed light on the aftermath of the dramatic flight of two of the notorious 'Cambridge Spies'.
Shakespeare's plays have kept “this glorious and well-foughten field” alive, championing its power as a myth of national unity and heroism.
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Our morbid interest in the macabre never vanished – it was just displaced.
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
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By an accident of history, Richard III met his death on a battlefield near Leicester. Now, this has transformed the city.
Showing how it’s done.
Joseph Haydn's visits to London changed the course of music history.
This house has seen some corkers over the years.
General elections are the great democratic leveller. Every citizen – however wealthy, educated or interested – gets an opportunity to pass judgement on the performance of the government and the direction…
Odds are they won’t be so happy after Yuletide.
January is a strain for most people. It’s dark and the festive lights don’t disguise this anymore. You’re back at work and the next holiday may be some way off. You’ve just had to spend a large amount…
The recent discovery of a First Folio in St. Omer, France brings the total number of known copies to 233.
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The Shakespeare First Folio (1623), the first collected edition of his plays and the sole source for half of them (including Macbeth, Antony & Cleopatra, All’s Well, As You Like It, and The Tempest…
A campaign pro before his time: Benjamin Disraeli.
We have become used to politicians talking about their emotions and their domestic lives. Indeed, it sometimes seems you can’t get anywhere in politics until you’ve been photographed with your arm wrapped…
On the lash in Germany, 500 years ago.
Barthel Beham, ‘Village Fair’ (German single-leaf woodcut, c. 1530).
Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we associate with massive beer mugs and plenty of debauchery. Its…