England’s Historic Cities under Attack: the Baedeker Raids, 1942

Between late April and late June 1942, the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) deliberately targeted Britain’s historic towns and cities, causing widespread destructionRead more

D-Day, 75 Years on: how the Allies prepared

Between midnight on 6 June (D-Day) and 30 June 1944 an Allied invasion force of over 850,000 troops landed on France’s Normandy beaches, together with nearly 150,000 vehicles and 570,000 tons of supplies.Read more

The first skyscraper: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A rare survival from a dramatic stage in the Industrial Revolution, Shrewsbury Flaxmill was built during a period of innovation and social upheaval.Read more

Pubs, parks and pavilions: Queen Victoria in public places

Queen Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 and to celebrate the bicentenary of her birth we’re looking at some of the historic places named after her; from pubs to parks, streets to statues and even a phantom city.  The Victorian age Perceptions of Queen Victoria’s legacy change with each generation and historians are frequently busting cliché’s about her. Whatever your views on Victoria and her era, particularly in the latter part of her reign, she was held in great affectionRead more

War Art: Military and Civilian murals from the Second World War

Over the centuries soldiers and Prisoners of War (POWs), have left personal expressive art on the places where they lived or served. These murals, cartoons and graffiti were often subversive, humorous, risque, nostalgic or decorative. Some were tolerated by military authorities in the interests of morale, and others were officially sanctioned.Read more

6 Amazing images taken from above

The trailblazing Aerofilms Ltd, founded on 9 May 1919, combined new technology of powered flight with aerial cinematography and photography.Read more

5 Historic High Streets

There are around 5,000 high streets in the United Kingdom, and almost every city, town and village has one. Traditionally the epicentre of community life, their role has dramatically changed in the last few decades, and as our work, shopping and leisure habits transform, we’re at a vital crossroads to decide on the future of the high street.Read more

The story of London’s sewer system

Hidden beneath the city streets lie 2,000 kilometres of brick tunnels that take raw sewage direct from our homes, along with 130 kilometres of interconnecting main sewers the size of railway tunnels.Read more