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As the warm Middle Ages gave way to the ‘Little Ice Age’, the abundance of ice inspired trade and technology, captivating and terrifying those who endured life in a cold climate.

A papyrus leaf from the Book of the Dead of Imenemsauf.

The ancient Egyptian gods of creation and knowledge vanquish the ‘Lord of Chaos’.

Model villain: Lewis Powell, 1865, colourised by Marina Amaral.

How does the process of colourisation affect our understanding of history?

Antrim Coast, featuring the Giant’s Causeway, depicted in a poster for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Artwork by R.G. Praill, c.1924.

By escaping its neighbour’s orbit, the history of Ireland has moved out of its traditional comfort zones.

A scribe, probably Bede, from the Life and Miracles of St Cuthbert, English, 12th century.

If the English language had taken a different path, historians might not exist.

Fearing nuclear war, in 1965 the UK government published advice on how members of the public should protect themselves against the Bomb. An experiment in York put it to the test.

War of words: Sefton Delmer broadcasting to Germany from the BBC, 1 November 1941.

Britain’s psychological warfare campaign against the Nazis pre-empted the information wars of the 21st century. 

Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

Illustration by R. Fresson.

The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

Court shoes of ‘Mrs Broughton Rowse’, in kid leather with silk rosettes, c.1790s.

The story of silk, which connected the world with a thread.