The emotional response to the loss of the Sycamore Gap is part of a long history of emblematic trees, their destruction and renewal
Leaders of African American, Latino and Native American communities protest the name of the Washington Redskins, November, 2013.
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The book makes invaluable contributions to subjects of race, identity and belonging and how they shape human interrelations.
Photograph of the first Solvay Conference in 1911 at the Hotel Metropole. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is standing third from the right.
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Superconductivity may sound like science fiction, but the first experiments to achieve it were conducted over a century ago. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, credited with the discovery, won a Nobel Prize in 1913.
Saxon burial mound in Taplow, England.
Skeletons found with items that don’t align with their estimated sex are usually excluded from research – but that assumes a 19th century view of gender.
Before the 1970s, there were no trans organisations or publicly advertised gender clinics. But camp cultures brought together a variety of sexually- and gender-diverse people.
The answer might surprise you.
David Olusoga is calling on schools to teach more about the histories of the other nations of the UK in his new BBC show, Union.
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If history is to be of any use to those who study it, it ought to help them understand the nature of the country and society they live in.
The medieval is part of the mosaic of modern Australia. Our nation’s heritage on this island continent is full of it: in aesthetics, institutions, laws, languages, identities, moralities.
The court would laugh at rather than with the fool.
Art or science? Trick question.
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Art and science may seem like opposites, but throughout history the disciplines have fed off each other − and still do today.
The placenta and umbilical cord. Watercolour image, unknown artist, 19th century.
In my research, I try to uncover the cultural significance of the placenta and afterbirth in premodern Europe to help us better understand the social and medical history of this important organ.
Replica of a painting from the Chauvet cave in the Anthropos Museum, Brno.
Martin Puchner’s engaging new history argues that every culture has its backstory of influences
Invasion Day Reflection and smoking ceremony on parliament steps, Melbourne.
Truth-telling between First Nations and non-Indigenous people is a vital step in recognising past colonial wrongdoing. And research has found it is also a step towards self-determination and healing.
Iconic California from a 1920s orange box label.
Covina Citrus Industry Photographs
From semitropical playgrounds to life-endangering climate risks: Going back over a century, California’s and Florida’s growth has been predicated on climate – and promises of the good life.
Cholera, Le Petite Journal (1912).
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No matter how much we believe our knowledge and our technological capabilities have evolved, pandemics prove we are still at the mercy of the natural world.
Using urine in pregnancy testing dates as far back as ancient Egypt.
Phrenology images from Vaught’s Practical Character Reader (1902).
Public Domain Review
From pulling faces to reading the bumps on your head, these historic leisure activities could be handy for a rainy summer day.
Our First Tiff by Robert Walker Macbeth (1878).
Walker Art Gallery
In the 19th century, it was impossible to get a London paper to distant towns or cities by breakfast. This gave local newspapers an advantage in distribution.
Interned Japanese having lunch at their camp at Woolenook Bend, South Australia, 1944.
State Library South Australia
98% of Australia’s Japanese population were sent to internment camps during the second world war.
Brothers of Italy want streets named after fascist figures and the far-right’s ‘contribution’ to democracy recognised on national days of memory.