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black and white cropped drawing of ballerina Fanny Elssler

One of the finest ballerinas of the Romantic era

a bronze bust of Rosa Luxemburg stands on a pedestal in a park. Her halflong hair bobs around her face, she stares defiantly into the distance.

Her passion for revolution and justice sent shockwaves through German society

colour photograph of Kathleen McKane holding a tennis racket

Champion tennis player in the 1920s

A decorated initial with images of flowers and animals, next to the calligraphed text of the manuscript 'Trojanerkrieg' by Konrad von Würzburg

Books with (and without) pictures

black and white photograph of a man wearing suit with a young girl holding a balloon standing behind him

Charting the South Asian community in Coventry and the West Midlands

black and white photograph of Titus Brandsma

Exploring the archive of an influential priest and professor

Still frame from a video discussing medieval manuscripts. Two hands holding a very small codex positioned just above a large manuscript book. Both books have detailed calligraphy.

Join eight show-and-tell sessions with unique artefacts in the reading room of the Leiden University Library

black and white photograph, portrait of a man who wears a hooded garment

20th century photographer inspired by classical antiquity

Johannes Gutenberg looks at a freshly printed sheet. The printer, a man in an apron, and a young man are watching him. On the right a workbench with tools, possibly used for making the type.

How the page layout evolved during the early years of the printed book

Sidney Bechet playing the clarinet

Black American musicians who mainstreamed jazz throughout Europe after the First and Second World War

a painting of a woman wearing a white bonnet sitting next to a window, a large lace pin cushion in front of her.

Follow the evolution of lace craft, from myth to machine

black and white portrait of a young Sarojini Naidu

India's renowned poet and freedom fighter

Selected broadcast reports from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Explore fusions of Chinese pictorial traditions and Western abstraction

colour image of two men wrestling in white costumes watched by a crowd

Traditional sport since prehistoric times

a porcelain figure of a man sitting down, wearing a long blue jacket with gold trim and gold tassels, his hair slicked back and ending in Victorian-style ruffles

When Western traders and colonists set sail for China in the 17th Century, they found an empire focused solely on protectionism.

colour painting of three girls, one is sketching, the other two are watching

Celebrate European Year Of Youth by colouring

cropped black and white photograph of Dorando Pietri running

Italian long distance runner who turned failure into success

black and white photograph of Suzy Solidor who sits in a car with a large dog sitting next to her

Lesbian entrepreneur, actress, singer and 'the most painted woman in the world'