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Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in William Delisle Hay’s The Doom of the Great City (1880)

Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 16:05

Deadly fogs, moralistic diatribes, debunked medical theory - Brett Beasley explores a piece of Victorian science fiction considered to be the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.


Seeing London (1918)

Thursday 24 September 2015 at 18:43

A unique glimpse at London in 1918, some months before the end of World War I. The film shows some of the famous sights of the city, from Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral, from Clepotra's Needle to the Tower of London.


Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space (1895)

Wednesday 23 September 2015 at 17:31

A set of diagrams from a 19th-century gynecology manual, in which the figures bear an uncanny resemblance to depictions of aliens from more than half-a-century later.


The American Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1838

Tuesday 22 September 2015 at 18:26

Issue from 1838 of the American Anti-Slavery Almanac, first published in 1836 by the American Anti-Slavery Society and an attempt to bring awareness about slavery to nineteenth-century America.


“Interruptions” performed by Tom Woottwell (1909)

Thursday 17 September 2015 at 15:33

A comedic song performed by the music hall performer Tom Woottwell (1865-1941).


Dr Mitchill and the Mathematical Tetrodon

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 17:39

One of the early Republic's great polymaths, New Yorker Samuel L. Mitchill was a man with a finger in many a pie, including medicine, science, natural history, and politics. Dr Kevin Dann argues that Mitchill's peculiar brand of curiosity can best be seen in his study of fish and the attention he gives one seemingly unassuming specimen.


Watercolours from a 16th-Century De Materia Medica

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 16:03

Wonderful full-page watercolour illustrations from a 16th-century edition of Pedanius Dioscorides's work on herbal medicine, De Materia Medica.


Footage of the Twin Towers Being Built (1976)

Thursday 10 September 2015 at 16:09

A film produced by Western Electric, a haunting glimpse into the construction of the Twin Towers in New York and their early use.


Portraits of Ellis Island Immigrants

Wednesday 9 September 2015 at 14:34

A selection on Augustus Sherman's photographs of immgrants passing through Ellis Island on their way to new lives in the United States.


Caw! Caw! or The Chronicle of Crows (ca. 1848)

Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 03:00

A story of a group of crows attacked by a farmer, beautifully ilustrated by Jemima Blackburn.