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Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

Aerialist Blaze Tarsha began pursuing a life in the circus arts when her mother, a professional chef, first cooked for a juggling convention. To keep herself busy, schoolgirl Tarsha learned how to ride a unicycle in a...

Making ice cream from a 350-year-old recipe

"To make icy cream... Take three pints of the best cream, boyle it with a blade of mace, or else perfume it with orang flower water..." This begins the 350-year-old recipe for ice cream, "thought to be the earliest re...

Fungi Matter, an animation for Kew

Fungi matter. They connect all life on Earth. They play a part in fighting cancer, infections, and heart disease. They provide plants with nutrients to survive. They can even break down plastics and generate biofuels....

How is ice cream made?

When we want ice cream, we head to a local ice cream shop around town or to the freezer aisle in the grocery store. But how did the ice cream get there? Where and how was it made? This Magic of Making video takes us t...

The spectacular birth of baby slugs

How many different stories can one patch of land yield? The BBC's The Lake District: A Restless Year attempts to find out in their portrait of this charming area in northwest England... including its baby slugs. I...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery

In 2018, Hayward Gallery reopened with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites ...

How do you play Swingball Shakespeare?

A swingball set plus a city lamp post plus some Shakespeare. These are the makings of Swingball Shakespeare, a community-based game and public art experience created by English artist Anton Hecht. In a recent chat wit...

Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin's version "peaked...

A pinned insect manipulator (IMp), the Natural History Museum’s LEGO invention

When you're an entomologist who's trying to help digitize insect specimens—studying them, comparing their details with other insects, and capturing multiple images of them from all angles—it can be a challenge to use ...

The hidden art of fore-edge painting

The painting is there, but you might not see it... hidden along the edges of pages. "It's a discreet painting. It's only there if you know how to unlock it." In this Great Big Story video, artist Martin Frost shows ho...

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...

Elephants of War: Elephant armor (bargustavan-i-pil) from India, circa 1600

'Fearsome war elephants fully clad in armor' were a thing. Natasha Bennett, a curator at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, introduces this stunning mail and plate elephant armor (bargustavan-i-pil) from In...

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...

Linen: How It’s Made

From seed to fabric: See how linen is pulled, dew-retted, bundled, scutched, heckled, spun, and woven in this excellent video from the Victoria & Albert Museum's 'Fashioned From Nature' exhibition, showing until Janua...

Kris Kremo juggles cigar boxes

Juggling legend Kris Kremo began juggling balls, hats, and cigar boxes onstage with his father Béla Kremo in 1970 at age 19, and joined The Blackpool Tower Circus as a solo performer five years later. In this low-...

How are jawbreakers made?

Jawbreakers, known as gobstoppers—'gob' is slang for 'mouth' in the United Kingdom and Ireland—are hard candy spheres made from layer after layer of water, corn syrup, food coloring, and a sugar called dextrose. They'...

Invisible London: A near-infrared look at the British capital

Trees are white. Sunglasses look clear. Skin seems to glow. In Invisible London, a video filmed using an infrared camera, Dr. Andrew Steele of Lab, Camera, Action! explains what London, England would look like "in a c...

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