History

From castle walls to Banksy: How graffiti has given us the writing on the wall throughout history
Graffiti

From castle walls to Banksy: How graffiti has given us the writing on the wall throughout history

Graffiti is nothing new. For most of human history people have written on the surfaces around them to have their say
Top 5 books about early modern witchcraft, chosen by author Ramie Targoff
Books

Top 5 books about early modern witchcraft, chosen by author Ramie Targoff

No, the Cold War hasn't ended. It may have only just begun
Brian Knappenberger

No, the Cold War hasn't ended. It may have only just begun

RNLI at 200: Two centuries of quiet heroism and public affection
RNLI

RNLI at 200: Two centuries of quiet heroism and public affection

John Malkovich on fashion, hope and why beauty is mandatory for the survival of the species
TV

John Malkovich on fashion, hope and why beauty is mandatory for the survival of the species

Happy Valentine's Day! Now, allow me to ruin it for you...
Two toy dinosaurs share a lovely, loving bath
David Baker

Happy Valentine's Day! Now, allow me to ruin it for you...

Why we need to remember the truth about the Holocaust all year round
Trude Silman with Holocaust survivors at the Holcaust Centre North
History

Why we need to remember the truth about the Holocaust all year round

What Keir Starmer can learn from Britain's first Labour government – 100 years ago
Labour government, 1924
Politics

What Keir Starmer can learn from Britain's first Labour government – 100 years ago

Wim Wenders' Anselm documentary underlines how hard it is to clear the debris of our history 
The scale of Kiefer’s artworks is emphasised in a scene in Anselm, in which the artist cycles around his studio in France.
John Bird

Wim Wenders' Anselm documentary underlines how hard it is to clear the debris of our history 

The true story of Christmas you probably never knew – told by The Rest is History podcast hosts
Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook
Christmas

The true story of Christmas you probably never knew – told by The Rest is History podcast hosts

Bad leadership is the greatest tragedy of human life. It's time to give the people a shot
A 19th century engraving of the entry of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grande Armée into Moscow in 1812
John Bird

Bad leadership is the greatest tragedy of human life. It's time to give the people a shot

Harold Wilson's mistress-cum-secretary Marcia Williams was more trailblazer than troublemaker 
Illustration of Marcia Williams
Politics

Harold Wilson's mistress-cum-secretary Marcia Williams was more trailblazer than troublemaker 

Marc Bolan: AngelHeaded Hipster doc shows how manic pixie dream boy inspired Nick Cave, U2 and more
Marc Bolan playing guitar in a field
Metal Guru

Marc Bolan: AngelHeaded Hipster doc shows how manic pixie dream boy inspired Nick Cave, U2 and more

Top 5 books set in historic London, selected by author Mike Delaney
Black and white photo of horse bus in trafalgar square
Books

Top 5 books set in historic London, selected by author Mike Delaney

The debris of history surrounds us. So why are we still making the same mistakes?
Rugby pitch with players
John Bird

The debris of history surrounds us. So why are we still making the same mistakes?

Majority of Brits can't name a single Black British historical figure. Here's how we change that
Black History Month

Majority of Brits can't name a single Black British historical figure. Here's how we change that

A fascinating history of Britain told through cake
a fairy cake with two union jack flags in it
Cake

A fascinating history of Britain told through cake

Keir Starmer needs to stop worrying about winning next election and learn from Clement Attlee
Richard Toye

Keir Starmer needs to stop worrying about winning next election and learn from Clement Attlee

Top 5 books about Winston Churchill, selected by historian David Reynolds
Black and white image of Winston Churchill
Books

Top 5 books about Winston Churchill, selected by historian David Reynolds

Black History Month: 12 forgotten Black heroes who defined and redefined modern Britain
Black History Month

Black History Month: 12 forgotten Black heroes who defined and redefined modern Britain

TV historian David Olusoga: 'My family were driven from our home by the National Front'
David Olusoga
Letter to my younger self

TV historian David Olusoga: 'My family were driven from our home by the National Front'

Globe making is a dying skill, but I'm keeping the tradition going
Peter Bellerby, the founder of Bellerby & Co, the world's only truly bespoke globe makers
Craftspeople

Globe making is a dying skill, but I'm keeping the tradition going

Self-portraits: The surprising history of the selfie
Jan van Eyck self portrait, 1433
Art history

Self-portraits: The surprising history of the selfie

The 18th-century astronomer who sparked a modern love story
Illustration of a woman, a zebra and a man with a telescope
behind the book

The 18th-century astronomer who sparked a modern love story

Fixing my mental health with my grandfather's old map
Graham Coult's grandfather's map
Mental health

Fixing my mental health with my grandfather's old map