Volume 36 Issue 8 August 1986

Childbirth in the Middle Ages

The hazards of medieval pregnancy were met by attitudes that were a curious mixture of folklore, obstetrics, religion and common sense.

Holding What Curzon Held

An overview of Kedleston Hall, as the National Trust launch an appeal for money to restore the property which was once the home of Viscount Curzon.

Muscovy Looks West

Marc Raeff reflects on the history of Russia as a great power during the eighteenth century

Our Vanishing Past

Mira Bar-Hillel investigates the increasing number of archaeological items being exported out of Britain.

Russia and Europe

Paul Dukes sets the scene for a series of articles on the rise of Russia from the seventeenth century.

Clio as a Governess: Lessons in History, 1798

'Lead them to a habit of reflection and observation for themselves...' – J.H. Burns argues that a handbook for teachers written by a north-country schoolmistress in the 1790s has surprisingly modern echoes in its approach to teaching history.

Salvaged from the Cruel Sea

Ann Hills talks about the development of a Scapa flow centre to commemorate the use one of the greatest harbours from the Napoleonic Wars to the end of the Second World War.

Thoughts on Treasure Houses

Peter Stansky takes a look at the increasing number of houses either privately owned or owned by the National Trust being opened to the public.