Did you know the worst maritime disaster to occur during peacetime was not the Titanic?
It was the seemingly ordinary ship that became a symbol of a brave new Britain…
Here are some of the facts behind the glittering legend of their dynasty.
How a remote site is now an eerie reminder of how close we came to the end of everything…
Secret agendas and cover-ups: history is not what it always seems, as these shows prove.
How did one man start the Cold War?
From Parliament battles, to the Yalta Conference, these are the days that shaped WWII.
From the Nariz del Diablo to Crossrail, here are some of the most jaw-dropping railways.
How a team of intrepid inventors and a young Winston Churchill gave birth to the tank.
Charles II had perhaps the most thrilling life of any British monarch
Here's five fascinating facts about the 1588 naval mission that might have sailed by you.
Lusty, passionate, prone to violent outbursts and perhaps fond of dabbling in drugs.
In 1940, the Nazis drew up unusual and downright terrifying invasion plans for Britain.
The Allies had daredevil pilots in World War One. Here are four you need to know about…
Meet four curious cases that made the headlines.
There's far more to Prince Philip than many people realise.
Well over a century later, the story of the Sandringham Company still beguiles experts.
They survived the war and would go onto re-shape politics, pop culture and literature.
British reporters risked their lives to cover the Great War
Racing drivers dice with death every day and sometimes the worst really does happen.
From a radio telescope that might just find aliens, to a truly terrifying rollercoaster.
It should have been one of the greatest races of all time. Instead, it became a bloodbath.
To celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing on 21st July, here’s our guide.
The killing of the Fascist dictator has fuelled bizarre conspiracy theories.
Did you know there was a third Kray brother? Or what they got up to in prison?
Was he the “good” predecessor or a brutal dictator?
Delving into the meaning and mystery of one of history’s most notorious dates…
From the Nazi holiday resort to the ghost town island which once witnessed slave labour…
Because there’s more to the history of trains than delays and signalling errors…
What did it take to build the castles of Britain's landscape?
He certainly stamped his personality upon the nation.
We don’t know our Hogwarts from our Windsor Castle.
New research identifies Henry VIII’s mega divorce settlement (and annual £6m booze bill.)
If their walls could talk...
Should Hitler’s wife be thought of as a tragic figure, or a callous character?
Ever wondered how some of our favourite festive traditions came to be...?
What Winston Churchill called “the greatest American battle of the war” began…
Crowned on Christmas Day, 1066, our first Norman king changed the course of the nation.
From the shocking incident that sparked a war, to the truth behind Woodstock…
What was the first popular video game? And why did NYC briefly descend into civil war?
Paranoid theory or ugly truth?
Are millions wrong to loathe her?
Was John F. Kennedy more of a hazard than a hero?
From letters of one of WWII’s most tragic victims to Napoleon's hat…
75% of people keep historical items hoping they will be worth something in the future.
Here are some fascinating facts on the day which ended the carnage of the Great War.
How SHOULD we regard Guy Fawkes?
We see what they would have looked in real life for the very first time...
Is there really something lurking in Loch Ness?
To mark the 950th anniversary of Hastings.
Is it unthinkable to question his reputation?
It sparked a sexual revolution...
From the Blackout Killer to the Camden Ripper.
Was the infamous killer a real person, or just a part of Victorian England’s imagination?
Today in 1942, the hellish battle began.
A revolution, or a Dutch invasion?
Would you have voted for or against his execution?
Who would you have voted for?
From Hitler's big showpiece to the first doping scandal.
He knew about slave labour. Should his reputation have been trashed?
The lingering mysteries from three of the war’s great battles...
Let’s look back at the colourful, regal, even controversial history of tennis.
A symbol of Allied derring-do.
They were the most talked about celebrity “couple” of their day.
Historian Tracy Borman looks into the evidence.
The daring breakout from Stalag Luft III.
The largest seaborne invasion in history.
It was the biggest, deadliest naval battle of WW1.
It was the defeat that became a miraculous victory...
The Umbrella Murder was one of the most notorious crimes of the Cold War.
Guarding the tomb of an emperor for millennia.
He gave us immortal characters.
The Bard’s life is full of mysteries...
The skirmish which would create an entire country’s national identity.
Was the monarch right to choose love over duty?
What it took to break free from Stalag Luft III…
Historians have been arguing for centuries...
Did the Fuhrer flee Germany to enjoy a long, peaceful retirement in South America?
Immortal, undead bloodsuckers are clearly the stuff of fiction and folklore. Or are they?
How did this annual celebration of maternity actually begin?
Some fascinating facts about this recurring event…
People believe the Ark of the Covenant is under lock and key in an Ethiopian chapel.
Can Henry VIII's reputation ever be truly resolved?
You know it’s a forbidding, isolated fortress...
It wasn't simply the sheer scale of the killings, but the method behind the madness...
From the first ever Nativity to the real Santa Claus...
All around the world other territories still have their own walls.
The 19th Century had a real rogues’ gallery of eerie killers…
You might be surprised…
Spotting strange things in the heavens isn’t a new phenomenon.
Behold the strange secrets and stories behind an icon of London’s landscape…
Some Nazis nursed a range of utterly bizarre ideas.
Hulking and magnificent.
And the incredible pioneers who made it happen.
Many infamous figures have called the Tower home.
From the Dandy King to Black Bob.
Ghost ships have been found on the high seas right into the 21st Century…
There have been many theories on this mystery, some more convincing than others…
Let’s take a tour.
And by modern we mean since the days of Henry VIII...