Missing Pieces

Lost Movies

Almost three quarters of the golden age of Hollywood has been lost. Preservation only began when film came to be seen as art.

Armless Fun?

In 1820 the discovery of an ancient Greek statue with missing arms posed more questions than answers.

No Laughing Matter

Aristotle’s lost treatise on laughter is a serious business. Could laughter lead to the downfall of society?

Going, going…Goethe?

The question of reconstruction was a thorny issue in postwar Germany, where celebrations of the ‘glorious’ past took on a different hue. 

Not All There

Missing fragments of the written record are made all the more conspicuous by their absence.