Britain

Leading Ladies

The French tradition of the royal mistress gave new opportunities for women at the court of Charles II.

Kick-starting British Industry

In the Industrial Revolution, state intervention, protectionism and immigration were all adopted by successive governments to promote British manufacturing.

The Women’s Party

Winning the vote meant millions of women needed a party to represent them in Parliament. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst founded one, with limited success.

Buying British

From Elizabethan laws to modern food campaigns: the long history of Britain's patriotic consumers.

The Road to Equality

The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was not the great step forward it is sometimes purported to be.

Welcome to Dottyville

The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Few episodes in the history of the British Labour movement have been as mythologised as that in which six Dorset farm labourers were shipped to Australia for their trade union activities.