Volume 58 Issue 7 July 2008

John Logie Baird gave the first demonstration of a colour television transmission on 3 July 1928.

Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered on July 17th, 1918.

Mark Bryant examines the history of the Second World War’s favorite cartoon pin-up.

Asya Chorley describes the relationship between China, Britain and Tibet in the early twentieth century, and shares the unique experiences of the first European women to be invited to Lhasa by the XIII Dalai Lama.

Rebecca Abrams discovers the history of a forgotten Aberdonian doctor who could – if anyone had listened to his ideas  – have saved the lives of countless women in childbirth over the following centuries.

York Membery visits the capital of Bavaria and explores the historic heart of this twenty-first century metropolis – and its annual beer festival.

 In 1909 Beatrice Webb produced a controversial report which proposed abolishing the stigma and penury of the Poor Law and its workhouses. James Gregory argues that this plea for a less judgemental approach to poverty created the foundations of the modern Welfare State.

As you prepare to cover up on the beach this summer, lie back and enjoy the real story behind sunbathing.

Richard Sugg searches history to explain the phenomenon of aggressive cannibalism, following recent allegations from Iraq.

Nigel Watson recalls a mysterious explosion that occurred in deepest Siberia in June 1908.

Sean Kingsley describes how hi-tech marine archaeology off the Atlantic coast of Georgia in the US has thrown a new light on the world of snake-oil salesmen.