Category: History

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...

Heroes of History: Gertrude Bell

Archaeologist, advisor, adventurer – meet the Victorian queen of the desert In a time when British women were expected to stay at home and raise a family, Gertrude Bell was busy climbing mountains and...

Pompeii: How are casts of the dead created?

Discover how the victims of a volcanic eruption have been preserved On 24 August 79 CE, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius erupted with a violent explosion of lava, rock and ash, sending a cloud of debris...

What was the Chernobyl disaster?

Explore the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident and discover how it has made an incredible recovery When the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986, it released five per cent of its 200-ton...

Explored: The catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa

Discover one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages On the northern coast of Egypt, in the bustling city of Alexandria, lay the catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa. The tomb’s Arab name was given...

The History of Notre Dame

The most magnificent church in Paris throughout the Gothic age, Notre Dame defined what a cathedral should be The Cathedral church of Our Lady, normally referred to simply as ‘Notre Dame’, stands on the...