The answer might surprise you.
Freud doing cocaine. Psychologist William James experimenting with nitrous oxide. A new history tells of the Romantic rebels who first sampled psychoactive substances.
Craft beer now represents 13.1% of overall sales of beer in the US.
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As the craft beer industry grows, so too do the dedicated communities that form around it – an expert explains.
Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has become one of the largest digital datasets of a record of human history.
Over the past 16 years, Twitter has amassed an incredible amount of user-generated data which contains a detailed and extensive record of cultural moments. Musk’s takeover threatens these archives.
In a new land, the ancient past held special meaning.
'Temple of Aphaea, Aegina' by John Rollin Tilton. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Americans of all stripes have long embraced the culture of the ancient Mediterranean, using ancient ideals to navigate a new world.
Mike Davis’s radical urban history of LA was a trailblazing book that remains startlingly relevant to those of us who live in other supersizing cities in the early 21st century.
Under lockdown, Cineteca Milano is releasing 20 archived films a week online. Why aren’t we seeing this from our National Film and Sound Archive?
Aphrodite of Menophantos, Praxiteles (4th century BCE). Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome, Italy.
Five decades on from the original series our idea of what makes civilisation has broadened.
Ahmed Cherkaoui (Morocco), Les Miroirs Rouges, 1980. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation
A new modern art exhibition in Tehran is being promoted as a bracing act of cultural diplomacy. But we should look a little deeper.
A better review of the cultural heritage might have prevented the face-off over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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What sacred sites have been damaged by The North Dakota Access Pipeline? We can’t really know for certain – and our legal system is partly to blame.
A replica of the remains of “Lucy” at the National Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
When it comes to valuable African fossils, much is at stake. They often unearth disputed ways of debating archaeology as a science of ‘discovery’.
We are still profoundly uncomfortable about the fact that females bleed once a month for half of their lives.
Ask any young woman whether she feels embarrassed by her periods and she’ll likely deny it. Her grandmother might have hidden all evidence of “the curse” but not today’s liberated women. Right?
The life Adams was leading 100 years ago was far from a Hollywood fantasy.
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This Remembrance Day, spend some time with Claire Adams Mackinnon – the silent Hollywood movie star who stole the heart of Melbourne bachelor and lived the last 40 years of her life in Victoria.
Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner.
50 years after the UK first experimented with removing the death penalty for murder, one name has become our bridge to the hangman’s noose.
People protest the Confederate battle flag.
President Obama’s recent condemnation of the Confederate battleflag mirrors the current and rapidly-changing public mood on this artefact. But attitudes to the flag have deeper roots.
Transgender is an umbrella term, encompassing a number of different identities and practices.
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Transgender is a relatively new word. So when an academic seeks to create a transgender historical archive, complications abound.
What we choose to wear tells the world a great deal about our perceptions of ourselves.
It’s easy to dismiss fashion as trivial but the clothes we wear have stories to tell. Fashion is part of everyday experience and our memories are often stitched into the seams of our favourite dresses.
The images that appear on our stamps tell a powerful story about the nation – so why don’t we pay more attention?
For most of us stamps have become infrequent objects of daily life but they continue to be produced, and collected by devotees – so what do they say about us as a nation?
The ancient city of Hatra.
It was in Mesopotamia that the world’s first cities emerged, along with the invention of writing and the codification of laws.
It’s time for lovers to exchange images of the organ really responsible for their emotions on Valentine’s Day.
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In William Shakespeare’s comedy Merchant of Venice, the play’s heroine Portia sings: Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart or in the head. If you look at Valentine’s Day cards, it’s clear fancy…