Category: History

How did the Black Death spread?

Fleas, rats and puss-filled boils – find out how the bubonic plague killed millions Image source: Wiki comms/Public Domain History has seen many pandemics, but the bubonic plague, better known as the Black Death,...

How to survive a Victorian school

Classrooms in the late 1800s were very different from today: here are a few ways you could have avoided the dreaded cane (Image source: Pixabay) Address the teachers properly School teachers in Victorian times...

Giant rhino ancestors

What it lacked in weaponry the Paraceratherium made up for in sheer size (Image credit: Tim Bertelink) Appearing over the horizon or emerging from a patch of trees, Paraceratherium would be an intimidating and...

How do didgeridoos work?

Forged by nature and steeped in tradition, the didgeridoo is a triumphant symbol of Indigenous Australian culture (Image source: Pixabay) If there is one musical instrument that instantly evokes an image of a country,...

Inside the Tiger tank

Nazi Germany’s ultimate heavy panzer was designed to strike a decisive blow for the Third Reich The Panzerkampfwagen VI, more commonly known as the Tiger I, was developed in the early 1940s with the...

What was shopping like in ancient Rome?

Trajan’s Market is one of the first known shopping malls Image Credit: Getty Images Silks, spices, meat – the Romans could buy all this and more from Trajan’s Market. This multi-storey, semi-circular complex of...

What are totem poles?

While only specialists are trusted to carve these mighty sculptures, it takes a village to raise them (Image source: Pixabay) Totem poles are one of the most iconic examples of Native American art. They’re...

How did the Titanic sink?

From the early tragedies to the last recorded words, discover the events of the ‘unsinkable’ ship (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) The air was buzzing with excitement ahead of the launch of Titanic in 1912....

A history of doping in sport

Uncover the methods some athletes have used to cheat their sport and how science has risen to stop them (Image credit: Steven Lelham) In 1954, physician John Ziegler was meeting with a colleague from...

The world’s first radio telescope

How Jodrell Bank Observatory was used to prove Einstein’s theories and even spy on the Russians Image credit: Rosser1954 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Situated 30 kilometres south of Manchester, England, is...