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Kit Harington and Liv Tyler watch the torture in Gunpowder (BBC1)

The terrible truth behind those torture scenes in BBC’s gory Gunpowder

In the Kit Harington drama, special torture were reserved for those who harboured Catholics. But is there historical fact behind those bloody scenes? In BBC’s gory new...

The blessed life, and unfortunate death, of Montague J Druitt

Montague John Druitt lived a blessed life. The son of a surgeon he came from an upper middle class background and studied at Oxford. From 1880,...

The remarkable life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

On September 28 in 1865, east London pioneer and political Elizabeth Garrett Anderson activist qualified to become Britain's first practising woman doctor. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson,...

Discovery of old Greenwich Palace sheds light on Tudor life

The team preparing the ground for a new visitor centre for the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College have uncovered remains of Greenwich Palace,...

New light shed on haunting mystery of explorer’s death in the...

A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, brings the shocking story right up to date – but there are still more questions...

The true story behind the biggest explosion ever to hit London

73 were killed when the inevitable happened and a munitions factory in the heart of the Silvertown blew up – although the causes were...

Note to Corbyn: Even the greats struggled with the compromises of...

The Labour leadership favourite is a man of strong principles, say his supporters. But, as Clement Atlee found, that is often not enough The nation...

Royal Observatory steps over the line

Greenwich's iconic Prime Meridian is not where you think it is. We demand answers Hey! Why are you standing over there by that bin precisely...

Crossrail excavations undercover identities of Bedlam skeletons

Volunteers identify names and backgrounds of more than 5,000 people buried in the Bedlam burial ground – including a Lord Mayor Crossrail archeologists are unearthing the identities...