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Hasankeyf, Turkey, Gertrude Bell, 1911.
Turkish archaeologists work against the clock to discover the secrets of ancient Hasankeyf before it is flooded by the waters of the proposed Ilisu dam.

Penny Young

A ship caught in a storm; three people in a lifeboat in the foreground. Aquatint, ca. 1850. Wellcome Collection.
‘Valour and virtue have not perished in the British race’, said Winston Churchill, describing the long record of the national life-boat service.

Patrick Howarth

Occupying British troops march past the Nusretiye mosque in Istanbul in 1920, as the Ottoman Empire collapses.
Across the Balkans, relics of Ottoman glory and decline, such as mosques, bridges and hamams, exist in various states of disrepair. Can they be brought back to life?

Alev Scott

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August 1967: Police clash with protestors at the Hong Kong tram workers strike. Wiki Commons.

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Nativity, from the Psalter of Ingeborg of Denmark, c.1210 © Bridgeman Images

Medieval French monarchs used – and abused – the charismatic power of religious women.

Spreading the word: Louis carrying the Sceptre and Hand of Justice from Registre des Ordonnances de l’Hôtel du Roi, c.1320

For Louis, the conversion of Muslims to Christianity, ideally by peaceful means, was important. 

Lyons Tearoom, Piccadilly.

This podcast looks at how Isidore Salmon, the force behind J Lyons & Co., threatened to withdraw advertising from the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror in 1934.

Siege of Damascus during the Second Crusade, 1148. British Library.

In our latest podcast, Dan Jones discusses the year 1147, when the Second Crusade was launched.

Waltham Abbey, Essex, c.1840, Peter De Wint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Exploring Essex beyond the stereotypes.

Gabriele D'Annunzio and supporters in Fiume. 1919.

The poet’s conquest of the Adriatic city of Fiume in 1919 was flamboyant, comedic and never likely to last – but it ushered in a new era of showman politics across Europe.

The '35th' Gutenberg Bible, from the collection of the Library of Congress.

The story of a Gutenberg Bible, from 15th century Mainz to Keio University, Tokyo.


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