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Saladin and the capture of Jerusalem: Professor Jonathan Phillips (1187) For the Christian crusaders of the twelfth-century, Jerusalem was the ultimate prize. The holy city had bee...

Fifty years ago humankind stepped on the moon for the first time. This is the story of the space suit that allowed them to do it. Millions of Britons stayed up through the night of...

Walking with Destiny: Winston Churchill becomes prime minister in May 1940 In seventy two hours in the middle of May 1940, Britain’s political leadership was transformed. Out wen...

An unholy rush: the cavalier, chaotic and catastrophic sequence of events surrounding Indian Independence in the summer of 1947 In the immediate aftermath of World War Two it becam...

The philosopher who changed the way we think about the world and the woman who changed him Bertrand Russell wrote that ‘the achievements of Athens in the time of Pericles are per...

A Botanical Odyssey: the (mis)adventures of the plant hunter George Forrest In this episode of Travels Through Time writer, gardener and panellist on Gardeners' Question Time Matt...

The Magical Mathematician: Sir Isaac Newton and the Principia Mathematica On a frozen January day in 1684 three friends – Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley - met a...

Worlds Colliding: the Warrior, the Voyager and the Artist In this episode of Travels Through Time the Australian historian Dr Kate Fullagar travels back to 10 December 1776. She vi...

Radical Resistance: the rise of the suffragettes, 1914 1914 is a year most commonly associated with the beginning of a world-changing war. But as hostilities broke out on Continent...

From Pole to Pole: Michael Palin and HMS Erebus 1841-1848 The 1840s were crucial years in the history of British exploration with speculative voyages towards the North and South Po...