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'Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River', by Mi Fu, c.1095.

From cave paintings to Kindle, our history is written in ink – adapted and reinvented to reflect, and influence, the needs of the day.

Fiery, energetic and preached by charismatic frontmen, Pentecostal Christianity had a big influence on rock and roll in its formative years. Many early stars had religious upbringings, inspiring their personas, music – and fears of eternal damnation.

Equal rewards: returning soldiers are welcomed at a railway station, 1917.

Why did only some women get the vote in 1918 and what did they do with it?

Alcibiades being taught by Socrates, by François-André Vincent, 1776.

An idiosyncratic introduction to the Classical world will delight the Oscar-winning scriptwriter’s many admirers, but perhaps not newcomers.  

The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.

‘People think curators sit about in armchairs drinking tea while occasionally peering at an object. It’s a little more high octane than that.’

'When the Time is Ripe': American cartoon by D.R. Fitzpatrick, 1947.

After its liberation in 1945, Czechoslovakia soon fell behind the ‘Iron Curtain’. That it would do so was not a formality: the US could have brought the country into the Western Bloc – had it been so inclined.

Welsh flag cigarette card, 20th century.

‘The Welsh would be insuperable if only they were inseparable.’

A good job: John Sweet as Bob Johnson and Sheila Sim as Alison Smith in A Canterbury Tale (1944).

Visiting sites of importance can connect us with history – and each other – in a way that echoes the power of medieval pilgrimage.