With Italy on the frontline of Europe’s Coronavirus outbreak, Rosa Salzberg examines how Renaissance Venice established world-leading measures to combat the plague, strategies we are still relying on today.
How can historical fiction, and the heritage sites that it features, help us think differently about the past? Lucy Arnold steps into Worcester Cathedral to take a local look at Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
Bruce Campbell argues that interactions between climate and disease during the fourteenth-century Black Death can inform insights into Covid-19 and alter historians’ understanding of the nature of historical change.
Lisa Edwards explores the troubled history of Slough Trading Estate, a site that acted as a short-lived central depot intended to repair vehicles deployed during the First World War and played a pioneering role in Britain’s industrial economy.
What can the British provincial press tell us about the way pandemics have historically been experienced at a local level? Andrew Jackson proposes that such coverage offers vital insights into community-led responses to global public health crises in 1918 and 2020.
In the second of a series on ‘Radical History after Brexit’, Charlotte Lydia Riley reflects on British exceptionalism, and asks how historians can work with it.
Epidemics are “moments of fluidity when parts of existing societies are laid bare as not fit for purpose”. Looking at the history of the Black Death, Jane Whittle asks whether our current crisis could lead to new solutions to entrenched inequality and poverty.