Mobile Cinema Van visits Ghana, 1950s. Information Service Department Photo Library, Ghana.

Studying African history through the lens of cinema.

Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, 1960. Still from La Dolce Vita (Pathé, 1960). Directed by Federico Fellini. Produced by Giuseppe Amato and Angelo Rizzoli. Cinematography by Otello Martelli. Photo © John Kobal Foundation/Getty.

Love and possession during the Italian economic miracle.

Detail from the Bull-leaping fresco from the Minoan Palace of Knossos

King Minos and the Minotaur remain shrouded in mystery and mythology, yet evidence of a Bronze Age ‘Bull Cult’ at the Minoan palaces abounds. Were bulls merely for entertainment or did they have a deeper significance?

Reims Cathedral hit during a German shell barrage, 19 September 1914.

During the First World War, the deliberate destruction of western Europe's medieval heritage changed how people thought about their nations' pasts. Heritage tourism is one of the war's lesser-known legacies. 

"Where there's smoke there's fire" by Russell Patterson

More than a symbol of decadence, the flapper should be seen as a quest by women for agency, independence and escape from domesticity.

Uzbekistan, from Silk Road to Soviet Union.

Plate from David Ramsay Hay's The Laws of Harmonious Colouring Adapted to Interior Decorations (1836)

The development of interior painting schemes has a colourful, if hazardous, history.

A celebrated image of the first Thanksgiving presents an idealised view of a troubled relationship.

There is beauty to be had from the smallest of objects. In the 18th century, tweezers, toothpicks and clippers became the signs of a polite, and beautiful, society.

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.