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‘The city of lovers / Is glowing this evening’: view from the roof of Notre-Dame, 1961. Photo by Gunter R Reitz/Michael Ochs Archives © Getty Images

What does it mean to rebuild Notre-Dame?

'Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River', by Mi Fu, c.1095.

From cave paintings to Kindle, our history is written in ink – adapted and reinvented to reflect, and influence, the needs of the day.


Cuneiform tablets preserved in the fire that devastated the Mesopotamian city of Ebla offer an extraordinary insight into life 4,000 years ago. 

They love Lucy: the original fossils and a model of the hominin, National Museum, Addis Ababa

A compelling mix of science, history and culture continues to draw the public to the world’s most famous hominin.