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John Dee
John Dee is famous as a sorcerer and alchemist, a quack doctor and astrologer for Queen Elizabeth. Since even before his death, but particularly during the ‘scientific revolution’, his reputation has…
Edo period map
Maps are usually looked at as functional works that have the narrow aim of describing geographical spaces. This idea is just as narrow. They are not just a description of geography and topography,…
Ortelius world map
The study of history has traditionally focused on the actions of individuals and groups of human beings, identifying them as the key agents in an ongoing drama. But more recently some historians have…
There's a deeply based assumption that the secular is something that exists in the ether, that it's a concept that makes sense globally and back through time. But in fact, this is wholly…
Young Pepys
Samuel Pepys is best known for his diary, which he kept from 1660 until 1669, when he gave it up over fears of his eyesight failing. As such, his views are often quoted over the Restoration, the…

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Moon landings
How much do you really know about the Moon landing in 1969? Try the 50th anniversary quiz and find out!
Name the historical character from their on screen depiction
Can you match the following film and TV characters to the real historical character? See if you can get over 70%!
Valentine's Day
How much do you really know about the history of Valentine's Day?
Remember, remember, the 5th of November, but how much do you remember about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605?
Liberty Leading the People - Eugène Delacroix (1830)
The French Revolution has been called the defining moment of the Enlightenment and the modern era. Whether you love it or hate it, find out how much you know about it!

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Struggling to keep the kids engaged with homeschooling during lockdown for Covid-19, or just bored and looking for new things to do? Check out this list of some of the best history-related (ish)…
Dan Jones
Dan Jones is a medieval historian and best-selling author who regularly graces our television sets with programmes on subjects as diverse at canals and the Great Fire of London. His most recent book…
Tom Holland
Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster, writing extensively on the ancient world and medieval Europe and the Near East. His latest book is Dominion​​​​​​​, a study of…

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Turing-Welchman Bombe
The National Museum of Computing, situated within the Bletchley Park complex, is heaven for geeks and computer enthusiasts. Charting the development of computing from the first Turing-Welchman Bombe…
Verulamium museum
The Verulamium Museum, named after the Roman town around what is now St Albans, is perfectly placed to tell the story of life before and during the Roman occupation.
Hitler Years Triumph
The first volume of 'The Hitler Years' is not just another popular history of the Third Reich: it is a masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as…