Year: 2020

Before Braille: raised type in Europe

In the nineteenth century innovations in raised type allowed the written word to became accessible to visually impaired readers for the first time.

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Agriturismo in Italy: holidays that preserve rural communities

How agriturismo in Italy preserves rural communities and is an alternative holiday choice

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Protecting and preserving nature and culture: photographer Hilding Mickelsson in Hälsingland

Swedish photographer Hilding Mickelsson documented changes in Hälsingland province’s rich cultural and natural heritage in the 20th century.

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Romanticism and the Invention of Tradition: Iolo Morganwg and James MacPherson

Learn about literary forgeries in 18th century poetry celebrating Celtic cultures in Scotland and Wales.

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The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre: an African American legacy

Discover the history of a modern dance theatre that helped propel stories of a nation to the world.

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John Lind: an early drag icon

One of the most successful female impersonators in the early 20th century

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Take these travel-inspired jigsaw puzzles

Make these jigsaw puzzles to discover beautiful places and find some travel inspiration.

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Street Literature: Welsh Almanacs

Discover the favourite reading material of monoglot Welsh speakers right from the 17th century.

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The Good Place? Tracing utopia and dystopia through literature

Is utopia the best possible place possible or possible at all? Is one person’s utopia another’s dystopia?

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Travelling for pleasure: a brief history of tourism

Tracing the development of tourism from the 17th century to the present-day.

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Babylonian Language Confusion – Ljubomir Micić and Yugoslav avant-garde movement

Yugoslavia’s avant-garde invented a new language and orthography in the early 20th century.

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Child’s play: how Portuguese kids play traditional games

Traditional games have played a part of Portuguese children’s education for generations, a valuable part of cultural and social heritage.

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Being pampered by the pool: spas and wellness resorts in the 20th Century

Explore the healing effects of fresh spring water, mud baths and saunas throughout the 20th Century.

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Elixirs, tonics, diets and cornflakes: peddling health during the 20th Century

From the very start of the 20th century, nutrition was considered as essential to well-being as physical exercise, with food being seen as a key to good health.

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Folklore shadow puppet theatre: a Greek summer holiday tradition

History of Karagiozis shadow theatre, a staple summer evening entertainment for many in Greece

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