New College of the Humanities
Map showing the route from London to Dover, showing major towns and cities.
John Ogilby's 1675 road atlas.

Kate Wiles

The killing of 69 black South Africans in March 1960 was a turning point in the struggle against apartheid.

Gary Baines

The notorious prison was closed for good on 21 March 1963.

Richard Cavendish

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Eldridge Cleaver  at a student rally in Washington DC, 1968.

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Henry VIII c.1540, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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Detail from Massacre of the Innocents, Guido Reni, 1611.

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The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.

Portrait of Émile Zola by Édouard Manet.

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A detail from The Expert Doctor’s Dispensatory and the Apothecary’s Shop, engraving, London, 1657.

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Hitler and Goebbels on the set of Barcarole, 1935.

Nazi art never caught on, its architecture was unbuilt or destroyed, but its films were shot and seen by millions. The German dictator was a keen believer in the power of cinema and used it to...