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Spot the difference: 6 sport puzzles to play

Can you see the changes in these vintage sport photographs?

Leading the field: ploughing championships

Agricultural tests of skill and agility

The history of cars

The 20th century car: from luxury and commodity to icon

black and white photograph of a man in a canoe
Anton Geurts: from a homemade canoe to Olympic silver

Dutch canoeist in the 1960s

a colour photograph of a smiling woman with a straw hat, holding a basket, in front of a green plantation of tea plants
Tea from China

A cup of wonder: how tea from China conquered the world

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Surprising sports at the Olympic Games

8 unusual activities that have been part of the Olympics

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Gymnastikhøjskolen: a school for gymnastics in Denmark

Nation's first sports college was founded in 1920

colour painting of gymnast Věra Čáslavská doing a gymnastics move
Věra Čáslavská: Czech gymnastics icon

Subtly protested Soviet invasion at the 1968 Olympics

Vitalism: art celebrating sport, bodies & nature

Health, youth and strength in Scandinavian and German art

Illustration from The Book of the City of Ladies (Le Livre de la Cité des Dames) depicting two scenes. In the first scene, on the left side, a woman (the author) sits at the desk with books on it; in front of her, three women (three Virtues) are standing wearing crowns. In the second scene, on the right side, the female author is helping one of the Virtues (called Lady Reason) build the external walls of the titular City of Ladies.
Beguines and literature in the Middle Ages

13th century female semi-religious orders who created and transmitted vernacular literature

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Histories of the Paralympic Games

Evolution of the games for athletes with disabilities

What the White House could have looked like

The story of George Washington and the competition to design the residence of the President of the United States

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China for bookworms

Summer reading tips inspired by the Land of the Dragon

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11 vilki: the early history of Latvia's national football team

Playing for two decades in the 1920s and 1930s

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Migrants: portraits of figures who moved to Sweden

Summer exhibition at the Swedish National Portrait Gallery

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The Gay Games

Friendship through Culture and Sports

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Life on the rocks

Films about the histories of lighthouses across Europe

black and white poster showing Anna May Wong with the text Świat nocy
The Dragon Lady

Caught between history, fiction and stereotype

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Steeplechase: the Irish roots of the first race

Racing horses between two churches

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The history of ice cream in Sweden

When ice cream travelled north