Look back on key events, trends & people to shed new light on the world we live in today
Dr Lucy Arnold
It's well known that ghosts have long been associated with winter cold since ancient times. The idea of something scary lurking beyond the light and laughter have inspired many chilling stories, but where does this custom or ritual come from?
Dr. Emily Zawacki
During a process that lasted millions of years, the movement of tectonic plates split our continents apart. This process is still going on to this date. But why does it happen and how did it create the perfect conditions for life on earth?
Dr Anna Jamieson
Throughout history, the myriad forms of art have revealed much about the lived experience of those with mental health issues and, it can be key to helping us better understand the relationship between mental health and creativity.
When you think of the great artists, who comes to mind? In all likelihood it was a male artist like Picasso, Rembrant or Van Gogh. Why are so few of the most celebrated artists in history female? Where are all the women in art?
Dr John Gallagher
Travel, mobility, and migration were instrumental in making Early modern England a multilingual landscape. But when did the English start speaking English and, how confident were early speakers in the scope of this fast-evolving language?
Prof. Kasia Boddy
From the meaning of carnations in Sex and the City to sunflowers in the cleanup of Chernobyl and Henry VIII’s ban on saffron dye, flowers are deeply woven into our culture & our history. How have they inspired us & what do they mean?
Dr. Mikki Brock
The devil is one of the most recognisable figures in the western world, making frequent appearances on screen, in art and literature, and even in political rhetoric. Why, in our comparatively secular age, does the demonic continue to captivate us?
Dr. James Corke-Webster
The Easter story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is central to the religion of millions of Christians around the world, and its key events are recognisable to many millions more. Did Early Christians really believe in a literal resurrection?
Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam
The 20th and 21st centuries are said to be the age of dictatorship, and this month's invasion of Ukraine is the latest frontline. With our world's leaders in the spotlight, what traits do they share, and when and why do they cross society's boundaries?
Prof. Nathaniel Knight
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia took the world by surprise. But tension between these two nations has been bubbling for many years. Why is Ukraine so important to Putin? And how did we get from Ukrainian independence to invasion?
Prof. Mark Bailey
There have been nearly 6m victims of Covid-19, but even this enormous death toll represents just a fraction of those lost to the Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages. What do you need to know about the most fatal event in human history?
Dr. James Corke-Webster
History remembers the persecution of early Christians as a clash between the Roman state and its traditional gods, and the new Christian cult and its upstart God. But is that really all there is to the story?
Prof. Rebecca Earle
Old cookery books can tell us a lot more than just how to cook a meal. What do they reveal about topics as diverse as access to technology and the concept of truth?
Dr. Leah Redmond Chang
History's leading ladies often come with a bad reputation. What can the Black Queen teach us about the misunderstood women of the past?