Category: History

Da Vinci’s amazing notebook

Flick through the pages of the original Renaissance man’s greatest inventions and scientific studies Born in 1452 in Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge and artistic expression. Now...

Top 10 deadliest dinosaurs

Discover ten of the most terrifying beasts that ever lived 1) Tyrannosaurus rex Tyrannosaurus rex (“tie-RAN-a-SORE-uss rex”) needs no introduction; its reputation as the ultimate carnivore and most badass dinosaur ever to roam the Earth...

The history of Central Park

How did such a huge area of New York become a green space? f you look at the huge, sprawling space in New York that is occupied by Central Park, you probably won’t realise quite how...

Ancient Egyptian cosmetics

Makeup was once an important part of everyday life in Egypt – find out why now In Ancient Egypt, the image of an individual often acted as a substitute for the body in the afterlife....

When did women win the right to vote?

Women have been fighting for equal rights for over a century. Here are some of the landmark moments on the road to suffrage 1893 – New Zealand New Zealand became the first self-governing country...

8 Wonders of the Ancient World

Take a tour of history’s greatest human-made landmarks The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx Built between 2589 and 2504 BCE, the three Pyramids of Giza served as extravagant tombs for ancient Egyptian pharaohs,...

Unwrap the origins of the Christmas market

Glowing wooden huts, cauldrons of mulled wine, smoky cooking stoves and arrays of precious trinkets for sale – all signature sights of a Christmas market. Today it is the highlight of any seasonal shopping...

Origin Stories: Typewriters

The origins of the mechanical writing machines that influenced modern keyboard designs For most of the 20th century, almost every house, office and school had a typewriter. This mechanical device allowed people to write...

How was sumo wrestling invented?

What are the origins of this heavyweight martial art and how has it evolved over the centuries? There are certain pastimes that come to define a country. England has cricket and football. America has...