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Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following WWII.

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Credit: US National Library of Medicine New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Not written by that Aristotle, the Masterpiece nevertheless found a huge market desperate for sex education in 18th Century Britain and America.

Building the first Thames sewer system

Building the first Thames sewer system Copyright free image Credit: Punch New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
The original Thames sewer system became a pressing need following the clean-up of London streets. But even the stench of the river overpowering the...

The first geological map of the UK

The first geological map of the UK Copyright free image Credit: York Museums Trust
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2015
One of the most important maps of the UK ever made – described as the ‘Magna Carta of geology’ – is to go on permanent public display in Cambridge...

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

What is forensic science? Creative commons image Credit: West Midlands Police under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump Creative commons image Credit: Tony Atkin under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Mar 2015
If you're enjoying the BBC revival of Poldark, you might wonder how realistic the depciction of Cornish copper mining after the American War Of...

Aristotle on flourishing

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2015
This animation looks at Aristotle's ideas about flourishing and how to live a good life.

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The incredible shrinking chip

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Sep 2014
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

Medicine transformed: On access to health care

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Jul 2011
Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This unit examines the...