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Dressing in late 14th century armor

A video showing how to dress in and wear armor (harness) from late 14th century. The harness is a detailed reconstruction based on the effigy of the Black Prince (1330-1376) in the Canterbury Cathedral, other relevant...

Ernesto Neto’s GaiaMotherTree

Like a loosely-knit sweater, a spider-woven quilt, or a mammoth storybook tree, these hand-knotted, naturally-dyed cotton strips stretch up to the ceiling to create a giant sculpture and an intimate room. Brazilian ar...

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter played on a glass harp in Italy

Listen to the glass harp stylings of a street performer in Venice, Italy playing Hedwig's Theme, the main theme song from the Harry Potter movie soundtracks. While touring the Italian city on vacation, Hashem Al-Ghail...

A microburst drops heavy rain over Austria’s Lake Millstatt, a time lapse

See a microburst or downburst drop heavy rain in a thunderstorm over Austria's Lake Millstatt. The time lapse was captured by photographer Peter Maier from high above the scenery, allowing a clear view of the burst. F...

How to make a Renaissance sugar sculpture

Learn how to make a sugar sculpture, a small yet luxurious art spectacle from the Renaissance Period. Food historian Tasha Marks demonstrates how to create these displays from a sugar plate recipe in this episode of T...

Bicycle Models from 1818 to the 1890s

Take a gander at the designs of these Victorian velocipedes, early styles of bicycles and other pedal-powered vehicles, over the course of around 70 years. This 1915 film from France, with explainer cards in Dutch, sh...

How to Make Tomato Paste in Sicily

At the end of last summer I spent five glorious days in Sicily learning how to put sunshine in a jar. It’s easy. Take a ridiculously large amount of perfectly ripe Sicilian tomatoes. Cut them up. Leave them in the sun...

Gangolf Ulbricht, The Papermaker

In a basement studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg's Arthouse Bethanien, papermaker Gangolf Ulbricht makes fine, wood-free papers by hand, including one of the thinnest paper in the world, for bookbinders, designers, printers, ...

Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball

In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds, crashing back to earth. It makes tiny, artificial earthquakes. Tom Scott v...

Getting dressed in 18th century England

What kind of garments did women wear in 18th century England? The above video from CrowsEye Productions, filmed for the Lady Lever Art Gallery just outside of Liverpool, shows the daily dressing routine of a working w...

The Genius of Marie Curie

Dr. Marie Curie transformed science and society with her discoveries. Her scientific partnership with Pierre Curie and the story of their heroic efforts that led to the discovery of polonium and radium are legendary.....

La mécanique de l’Histoire, an acrobatic performance by Yoann Bourgeois

A trampoline sits at the center of a turning wooden staircase. Four figures climb, fall, and somehow float back into their places on the stairs as if in slow motion. They climb again until only one figure is left to d...

Harvesting cork in rural Spain

At the Las Varas del Zumajo estate in the La Mancha region of Spain, expert axemen carefully harvest the thick exterior bark from cork oak trees. This cork extraction occurs every nine years, in July and August when t...

A soapless tunnel washing truck in Switzerland

How many giant brushes can you fit on the back of a truck? This promo video from Swiss road works company Colas Suisse features their 'eco-friendly' tunnel washing truck, a soapless vehicle that uses water pressure an...

Marta Minujín’s ‘Parthenon’ of Banned Books in Kassel

In Kassel, Germany, at the very site where Nazis once burned over 2,000 books by Jewish and Marxist writers, one artist has built a colossal tribute to free speech. The “Parthenon of Books” is a giant temporary replic...

The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, construction workers began tearing up streets and erecting barriers in Berlin. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines: the Berlin Wall. Construction contin...

Un albero un anno (One tree one year)

A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes. Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlif...

People In Order (2006)

How can you arrange a collection of short interactions with strangers in order to reveal something meaningful about life? In 2006, the UK’s Channel 4 commissioned a series of short films from filmmakers Lenka Clayton ...

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