Magna Carta 800th anniversary to be marked
It is 800 years since Magna Carta was first agreed and sealed. It is a key document of freedom and legal rights. How important is Magna Carta, and how relevant is it in 21st century Britain?
Refugees risk their lives to reach Europe
As migrants in France storm a ferry in their desperation to reach the UK, the United Nations says that Europe needs to do more to help the growing number of refugees. What can be done?
Exposed! Daily life in Jane Austen’s England
A new history book has revealed the dirt and filth of British life just 200 years ago. It is very far from the ballgowns and polite manners of Jane Austen.
Mammoths one step closer to re-birth
Advances in science have allowed researchers to create living mammoth genes for the first time. Is bringing species back a possible goal for scientists?
Ancient Latin making a major comeback
Latin is growing in popularity in schools across the UK. So what's the appeal — and the use — of a language no one speaks?
70 years on, Europe remembers the second world war
Global events this weekend will mark 70 years since the second world war ended in Europe. Do we now live in an age of peace, and how important is it to remember historical events?
Giving Back the Benin Bronzes
As two bronze sculptures are returned to Nigeria, we ask: should ancient treasures stay in our museums?
New Stonehenge tunnel plan
As politicians and conservation groups argue over plans to build a new road tunnel under Stonehenge, we ask: is technology a good or bad thing?
Who were the Vikings?
Viking fever is everywhere, as exhibitions and TV programmes explore these ancient raiders and sea-farers. Were they savage plunderers like pirates or deeply...
The General Election 2015
The General Election is almost upon us with the Conservatives’ David Cameron and Labour’s Ed Miliband fighting it out to become the next prime minister. Who will win, and why does it matter?
Critics divided over Sainsbury’s WW1 advert
Millions of people have watched Sainsbury’s Christmas advert about the 1914 Christmas truce during the First World War. But should a supermarket really be using a war to sell turkeys?
Pompeii in peril as ancient walls collapse
The Italian prime minister has called an emergency meeting this week to address the situation in Pompeii. Who should be in charge of saving this archaeological treasure?
Cornish people declared a national minority
This week, Cornwall’s special language and culture have been formally recognised by the government. Will the move encourage some people to push for Cornish independence?