The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam grew from a small firm selling coffee, tea and tobacco, to a large factory of steel and glass, the first daylight factory in Europe.

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The story of telecommunication industries in Finland and Sweden

Icons of Italian industrial design

The Dutch Republic was not the first country where newspapers were published. But in Amsterdam the conditions for the gathering and publishing of news appeared to be much better than in other places. Why?

Children have been a much-loved subject of pictures from the very early days of photography. A substantial amount of 19th and early 20th century photography featuring children has a social documentary value rather than solely an aesthetic one, portraying

The historic home of the cream cracker

This blog looks at the memories of those who worked on archaeological digs and projects in Lithuania during the Cold War, with a focus from 1948 to 1968.

Is a paperless office possible? In this blog discover tips about workflows and processes helping to stop wasting paper while encouraging productivity and mindfulness.

The industrialisation of World War I

Joseph-Marie Jacquard and the loom that changed the world

Labour and landscape in the 20th century

Gebrüder Thonet and the Number 14 Chair

How advertising signs lit up the city

Marking Black History Month in Britain

Roure-Bertrand Fils and the perfume industry in Grasse

A literary life of migration and exile

The rise and transformation of an industrial landmark in Girona

What did the people in the lower orders of society and children read in the 18th and 19th centuries? In the Netherlands, their main reading material was catchpenny prints.

A Swiss seasoning found in many cultures