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Rocks of Ages

On his early travels across the world it was geology that struck Charles Darwin’s interest.

Hawk this Way

London used to ring with the cries of street sellers. Changes for the city brought changes to their way of life.

Clean Sheets

The smooth whiteness of paper belies the mess and hard labour that went into its production.

Death from Above

In 1917 the roof of Westminster Hall was on the brink of collapse; death-watch beetles had bored through it.

An Eggless Christmas

The Ministry of Food was founded to help people survive rationing and to bolster morale, which became particularly important at Christmas.