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Corot's Muse

A series of panel discussions at the Institute of Historic Research.

A short video about an artwork at Kensington Palace, London.

Britain's Olympic success was the result of marrying science with sporting methodology. Can the same techniques be applied to history?

Carnegie, Harvard and other Britons who have made significant cultural contributions to the United States.

Each period has its heroes who inhabit the moment. Today we are living in the age of the sporting superstar.

John Keegan, arguably the finest military historian of his age, has died after a long illness.

Christopher Winn recalls the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and other mysterious drownings.

Keith Lowe argues that in history, there is no weapon quite so powerful as a good statistic.

On June 2nd, 1953 Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in the first coronation service to be televised. Here are more pioneering Royals.

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4th, 1979. Some other firsts claimed by those occupying the country's highest office.

Paul Lay responds to the suggestion that we should dismiss Eric Hobsbawm because of his pro-Communist sympathies.

Britain's political elite are often criticised for having few achievements away  from Whitehall. Richard Foreman contrasts their inexperience with the 19th-century statesman Lord Rosebery.

Richard Hamilton on why the West has overstated the role of social media and understated the oral tradition in the Arab Spring.

The actress behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the mascot on every Rolls-Royce, and other women who have inspired famous emblems.

Paul Lay speaks to David Waller, author of The Magnificent Mrs Tennant: The Adventurous Life of Gertrude Tennant, Victorian Grande Dame.

Lucy Worsley looks at the home-making habits of the past, and observes how seemingly trivial details chart overarching changes in society.

'Crisis? What crisis?' was Prime Minster James Callaghan's response to Britain's Winter of Discontent in 1979. However, he never actually said those words. A compendium of wrongly-attributed quotations.

Paul Lay pays tribute to the playwright, dissident and former Czech president, who has died aged 75.

The results of our informal poll to name the most important historian of the past 60 years are in.

As our 60th anniversary year nears its conclusion we asked distinguished historians to choose their favourite works of history produced in the last 60 years and to name the most important historian of the period.

We've whittled your nominations down to a shortlist; now it's time to vote for the most important historian, and the most important history book, of the past six decades.

To mark our 60th anniversary, we're asking our readers to nominate the most important historian, and the most significant history book, of the past six decades.

Listen to the infamous show that sparked a minor panic across parts of America.

An international group of scientists has successfully sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, the epidemic that killed 60% of Europe's population in the 14th century.

Dr. Jerome de Groot of the University of Manchester considers the new series of Downton Abbey.