From catching criminals to improving prison conditions, these heroes transformed crime and punishment forever
Both a pioneer of the Computer Age and the daughter of Lord Byron, the world’s first computer programmer was a complex character
Follow the footsteps of some of history’s most influential adventurers who travelled by land, sea and air
We speak with Yossef Rapoport about his work on a new book exploring early Islamic map-making, exploration and discovery
From experiments to inquisition, discover the Renaissance scientist’s iconic clash with the pope and how he proved that the Earth goes around the Sun
The capital of Africa’s Benin Empire astonished Europeans with its beauty, so why is there nothing left?
How soldier-statesman John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, set an example of excellence and British military might that inspired his most famous descendant of all — Winston Churchill
Eleanor Herman discusses how poisoning, both intentional and accidental, has played a massive role in the lives of European royal houses through the centuries
Meet history’s most stylish figures, from fashion’s regal tastemakers to the style subversives that broke the mould
Fearless British foe, restless moderniser and religious tyrant? Professor Janaki Nair uncovers the dramatic life and afterlife of Tipu Sultan
The inaugural three-day history festival treated audiences to a rich variety of talks from leading historians and experts
Professor Nick Groom explains in The Vampire: A New History how surgery, Serbia and Bram Stoker birthed the modern bloodsucker
From Stalin to Kim il-Sung, discover 10 of the most notorious Communist tyrants of the 20th century
Discover the shocking treatment of kidnapped Africans transported to the Americas as slaves
From the Privateers of the Caribbean to the Pirates of South China Seas, discover 10 of the most infamous swashbucklers and freebooters in history
The Pilgrim Fathers only began to matter with the American Revolution: Discover the political legacy of the Mayflower
Discover the true story of the Scottish ‘Red King’ who inspired Shakespeare’s murderous tragedy
Blackbeard was a pirate feared all over, but how much truth to his legend was there?
Director Felix Randau discusses his Neolithic biopic of Ötzi the Iceman ahead of its release in UK cinemas
The rise of the railway brought seaside resorts in reach of the masses — and fresh challenges to maintain Victorian morality
From Pompeii to Hurricane Katrina, the world-renowned seismologist discusses the earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions that have changed the world in her new book
The ‘Scourge of Allah’ wrought death and destruction across the Islamic world, but did he totally deserve his bloodthirsty reputation?
The American Revolution musical Hamilton is praised everywhere you look, but does it deserve such universal acclaim?