Cultural

We often think of France as a country that is preoccupied by the past and one of the most influential works on French history of recent years...

Miri Rubin explores the medieval galleries at the V&A and the British Museum.


The Flyer by Martin Francis is a compelling exploration of the culture of the RAF flyers of the...

Mark Juddery looks at the historical backdrop to the much-loved 1950s Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain in which Hollywood tells its own story of the arrival of sound to the big screen.

Corinne Julius is impressed by the breadth of material on display at London’s newly reopened Jewish Museum.

Richard Cavendish documents the first performance of the circus act, which took place on November 12th 1859.

The creator of the world's most widely spoken constructed language was born on December 15th, 1859.

The diarist began his work on January 1st 1660.

Opera has flourished in the United States. But how did this supposedly ‘elite’ art form become so deep-rooted in a nation devoted to popular culture and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal? Daniel Snowman explains.

Britain has had a long and sometimes problematic relationship with alcohol. James Nicholls looks back over five centuries to examine the many, often unsuccessful, attempts to reform the nation’s drinking habits.