Volume 52 Issue 5 May 2002

Russell Chamberlin assesses claims for the return of cultural treasures.

Tony Aldous surveys a new exhibition on architect Frank Matcham and his work at the Richmond Theatre.

On May 31st, 1902, the Peace of Vereeniging was signed, ending the Second Boer War between Britain and the two Afrikaner republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State.

Margaret Kekewich points to the value of prehistory at school as a key to national unity.

Ruth Ive describes how, as a young woman, her job was to interrupt the wartime conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt.

Thomas Doherty examines a series of conflicts between left-wing artists and movie moguls at the time of Sergei Eisenstein's brief sojourn in Tinseltown in the 1930s.

Andrew Roberts reintroduces us to Churchill’s long-delayed epic work, which was written with the assistance of a former editor of History Today.

Richard Pflederer evaluates a vital tool of the age of discovery.

Deborah Mulhearn assesses the debates surrounding the clearance of 400 pre-1919 terraced house in Nelson, Lancashire.

Peter Furtado introduces a special History Today reader evening on the historical dimensions of the British monarchy.

David Keys looks at the latest archaeological projects taking place in Sheffield and Liverpool.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of life and living in medieval Britain.

June Purvis explores the career of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Anthony Farrington previews a new exhibition on Asia, Britain and the role of the East India Company.

Introducing The 19th Century Short Title Catalogue, a recently completed project by Avero Publications.

Leslie Marchant sees the Opium Wars as a philosophical clash between two cultures and two notions of government and society.

Sarah Tyacke, Keeper of Public Records and Chief Executive of the Public Record Office, makes a personal record of her own abiding interest in history, maps and archives.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a royal marriage, on May 18th, 1152.

Jeannette Lucraft recovers the identity and reputation of the remarkable Katherine Swynford.