Schneepalast, Vienna, 1927.

By Rhys Griffiths

The world's first indoor ski slope was located in an unused train station with artificial snow made from soft drinks.  

Philip II (on a cow) with the Duke of Alençon, the Duke of Alba, William of Orange and Elizabeth I, by Philip Moro, 16th century

By Suzannah Lipscomb

Practical details from historical sources may convince us that historical fiction is fact, but, warns Suzannah Lipscomb, such novels are fraught with danger for one in search of the past.  

The so-called Temple of Concordia at Agrigento (c.440 BC) and Igor Mitoraj's Fallen Icarus (2011)

By Philippa Joseph

In 1787 Goethe wrote: ‘Sicily … will for me be an indestructible treasure for my whole life’. The British Museum’s new exhibition endeavours to make claim to those riches.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall by @Sage_Solar

By Edwin Hustwit

In the debate over the term 'Dark Ages' the importance of Tintagel in early medieval Britain should not be forgotten.

A seance with Eusapia Palladino, early 20th century

By Simone Natale

The forgotten story of celebrity medium Eusapia Palladino and her seance tour of the United States.

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Society woman: Pocahontas by Simon van de Passe, 1616

By Jane Dismore

Arriving as Rebecca Rolfe in 1616, Pocahontas’ trip to London was used to raise support for Britain’s struggling colonies.   

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891)

By Anna Jamieson

Paris’ golden age of advertising bred a bold, exciting new art form and changed the face of the city.

School of Aristotle. Fresco by Gustav Adolph Spangenberg, 1883-88

By Edith Hall

Aristotle is so synonymous with learning that he has been known simply as ‘the Mind’, ‘the Reader’ and ‘the Philosopher’. Admired by both Darwin and Marx, Edith Hall explores his life and legacy.

By Kate Wiles

An introduction to the Norsemen.

By History Today

Two historians take opposing sides as Britain’s referendum on EU membership approaches.