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Explore artefacts and excavations, and discover archaeologists and their study of human history and prehistory.

Explore artists and art movements, and discover stories about the history of art and its paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures.

Explore historical and contemporary fashion and how it influences our clothing, footwear, accessories and style. Discover sketches, designs and garments as well as catwalk photographs, catalogues and videos.

Explore the history of technology and industry, from the industrial revolution to stories of industrialists, economists and ordinary working lives.

Explore hand-crafted written materials from papyrus to paper. Discover texts, illuminations and the people behind them from antiquity to the early print era.

Explore the physical and human features of the Earth. Discover maps and map-makers, landscapes and the people who have explored them.

Humans have always moved from one place to another. Discover the stories of famous migrants and the journeys and lives of ordinary people to, from and within Europe.

Explore recordings, sheet music, instruments and musical styles, as well as composers and performers.

Explore the study of animals and plants through drawings, photographs and texts of specimens and the biologists and botanists who studied them.

Explore printed publications from 1618 to the 1980s. Discover headlines, full-text articles, advertisements, and the writers behind them.

Explore the history of photography, discover incredible images and find out about the photographers behind them.

Explore the history of sport and sports people, with photographs, films, sound recordings and texts documenting everything from everyday experiences to the heights of Olympic glory.

Explore the events of 1914-1918 through official histories, politics and propaganda to untold personal stories from the front line and the home front.