Category: History

Prehistoric painting

How ancient artworks provide a rare insight into the lives of Palaeolithic humans Prehistoric cave paintings are believed to be among the first examples of human art. The remnants of images found in caves...

Inside the walls of Corfe Castle

Now in ruins, the castle once stood as a symbol of medieval might In the Purbeck District of Dorset sits the remains of a castle built for royalty. Over 1,000 years ago, a wooden...

How do astronomical clocks keep time?

How did these ancient timekeeping instruments work? Astronomical clocks are timekeeping devices in the traditional sense. They were first used to calculate the position of the Moon, Sun and the stars in Ancient Greece,...

Law and order in the Old West

How sheriffs, bounty hunters and touring judges delivered justice to the western frontier When we picture the Wild West, we immediately think of a scorched desert where cowboys, sheriffs and bandits shelter from the...

Panning for gold in the 1800s

How the 49ers found fortune in the famous Californian gold rush On 24 January 1848, James W. Marshall struck gold in Sutter’s Mill, Coloma. The discovery didn’t stay secret for long, and prospectors searching...

The Great Train Robbery of 1963

How was a notoriously bold and skilful heist foiled by a game of Monopoly? After emerging from prison in 1962, Bruce Reynolds, along with a few of his close accomplices, began to devise a...

Making the Terracotta Army

Meet the immortal warriors built to defend the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang and find out how they were constructed over 2,200 years ago The Terracotta Army comprises a huge collection of sculptures found...

How does an abacus work?

The ancient calculators that made complex sums simple Before the invention of the written Hindu-Arabic numerical system that is still used worldwide today, ancient mathematicians performed complex calculations using an abacus. The device is...