History

The Futuristic Houses We Almost Lived In

Wednesday February 22, 2017

If history had gone just a little differently, we might all be living in Buckminster Fuller's crazy "dwelling machines".

Built in 1487, the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford is one of the oldest reading rooms in the world. And it’s not hard on the eye, either.

In the 1980s, Flying Nun Records shone a spotlight on New Zealand’s weird and wonderful music scene. We caught up with founder Roger Shepherd ahead of his upcoming talk at Melbourne's School of Life.

Own a piece of Melbourne music memorabilia? These historians would like to speak with you.

These retro caravan brochures are so fantastically gaudy, you’ll never want to camp without a shagpile rug again.

The 7000-year-old question of trepanation is a real head-scratcher.

Searching for History in the Mud

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Along the banks of the Thames, a group of modern "mudlarks" are unearthing objects from 2000 years of human history. Here’s what they’ve found so far.

Typewriters weren't just used for writing the Great American Novel (or tedious office memos) – musicians used them too. We look back at the musical machines lost to history.

It took over 100 years, but the meaning behind this headstone crossword has finally been solved. 

Back in the day, students caught misbehaving at this university were sent to a secret subterranean prison. These photos of its graffiti-clad walls show that it was a pretty fun place to be.