A woman stands in a period-style ball gown, with accentuated white sleeves in the middle of a grand hall

The discovery of the farthingale sleeve

by Ninya Mikhaila The discovery of rare, or unknown items of historic dress is always exciting. It can also be challenging when the extant object offers evidence which contradicts previously held beliefs about people in the past. A farthingale sleeve…

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Lost Property at the British Museum

by Sarah Keenan It’s easy to get lost at the British Museum. The expansive central London building, set out over three floors and divided up into over 60 galleries, displays some 80,000 objects from all over the world. The British…

Forging Late Roman Italy

by Jeroen Wijnendaele (This text incorporates my introduction for the book launch of Late Roman Italy at Hamburg’s RomanIslam centre – 21.11.2023) Fergus Millar once claimed that “Italy under the Empire has no history.” He meant that it had no…