Volume 47 Issue 10 October 1997

Richard Cavendish visits Penshurst Place, home to the Sidney and Shelley families.

‘Bedlam’ has become a by-word for a wild and crazy place, but what is the historical reality behind a distinguished London institution? 

Michael Leech on the efforts to save and excavate the site of the original Globe Theatre in London.

The last years of Charles II saw London a hotbed of political and religious conflict, exploited by a 'hit squad' who brought a reign of terror to the city.

Robert Pearce gives us a view of George Orwell for the 1990s

Alexander Bely remembers the events of October 26th, 1497.

Tony Aldous discovers a secret pocket of historic mills and warehouses in the Bow Creek area of London.

Angela Morgan highlights the new threat to Newstead Abbey, Byron's former home.

How did Britain come to make the promises to Poland that resulted in a declaration of war against Germany in September 1939? Sir Nicholas Henderson unravels a curious story.

The Soviet Union is now history but what do the ordinary people who lived through its last decades remember about it and what verdict do they give? Per Manson presents an intriguing insight.

Daryl Best on use and abuse in Australia's environmental history.