Natural History

Placing the Platypus

Defying categorisation since its discovery, was the platypus a mammal, a reptile, or something else? 

A Feather in her Cap

A global trade in feathers, with London at its heart, saw hundreds of millions of birds killed every year. Emily Williamson waged a long and furious campaign against it.

Interspecies Violence

Chronicling an abusive relationship between people and the animals we have hunted, imprisoned and eaten.

Park Life

Britain’s National Parks are a forgotten legacy of postwar reconstruction.

The World of Medieval Dogdom

The people of medieval Europe were devoted to their dogs; one great French dog-lover declared that the greatest defect of the species was that they ‘lived not long enough’.