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

A recap of the recent event organised by the British Library and History Today.

All the news from our annual awards extravaganza.

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

Sheila Corr introduces the shortlisted titles in our annual award for picture research.

The shortlist for the best new history book of the year has been released.

Based on the covertly recorded conversations of soldiers after the Second World War, Sonke Neitzel examines the psychology of Nazism and questions the harsh realities of soldiering.

The need to manage the water supply has always been a driver of human history, argues Steven Mithen. 

Mathew Lyons on why Horse Guards Parade was an appropriate location to host the Olympic beach volleyball.

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.

The winner of the Longman-History Today Book Prize was announced at our annual award ceremony. Here is a collection of photographs from the event.

'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.