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How art conservator Julian Baumgartner restores damaged paintings

Emma Gaggiotti Richards was an Italian painter who lived from 1825 to 1912. During her lifetime, she painted for royalty, for women's rights activists, for patrons across Italy, and for herself. The painting featured ...

The spectacular stone monuments of Petra, Jordan

"This is Petra, where the sheer improbability of its location is the secret of its spectacular flourishing. The reason why this tomb endured and survived armies and earthquakes is that the Nabataeans who built it cut ...

How the V&A recreated an 18th-century Mechanical Theatre

An 18th-century mechanical theatre was a technology of tricks and devices that changed scenes almost miraculously. With nothing of this scale from history surviving, watch as exhibition designer, Patrick Burnier and h...

Moon 101, a quick primer on our 4.51 billion-year-old natural satellite

The fifth largest natural satellite in our solar system, our crater-filled moon can feel both familiar and mysterious. It orbits Earth at an average distance of 30 Earths—that's around 384,400 km (238,855 miles)—and r...

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...

The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes. ...

Château de Versailles, before and after the Revolution

What did Versailles look like before Louis XIV? How did the small hunting lodge of Louis XIII become the largest Palace in Europe? What embellishments did the young Sun King want in his Palace of festivities and amuse...

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...

Making strawberry hard candy drops on a restored machine from Alaska, circa 1890

This machine belongs to and has been returned to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Museum in Skagway Alaska, and to this day there aren't many good roads into it... Imagine how hard it would have been to get th...

The Art Of Making Noodles By Hand: Peter Song and Shuichi Kotani

Throwing, twisting, stretching, pulling, multiplying. In the first half of this Tasty video, Kung Fu Kitchen's noodle master Peter Song demonstrates how he handmakes his restaurants' famous noodles: Hand-making pr...

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...

Does ‘the ozone hole’ hold the secret to fixing climate change?

We don’t hear much about 'the hole' in the ozone layer anymore. That’s because we’ve all but fixed it, thanks to consumer choices and a massive international agreement called the Montreal Protocol. Can we learn anythi...

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...

In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour...

Mars 101: An introduction to the red planet

From its blood-like hue to its potential to sustain life, Mars has intrigued humankind for thousands of years. Learn how the red planet formed from gas and dust and what its polar ice caps mean for life as we know it....

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...

The untold history of ironworking in central & west Africa

In the lush forests of modern-day Central African Republic, sometime between 1800 and 1500 BC, craftsmen are believed to have discovered iron. New evidence indicates that ironworking began in the heart of Africa. ...

How Dangerous Are The Northwest’s Volcanoes?

In Oregon, Washington and Idaho, magma has erupted out of the ground in at least 25 places in the last 10,000 years, a mere instant in the lifetime of volcanoes that can be hundreds of thousands of years old... But wh...

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