The symbolism of Australia’s Southern Cross
The Southern Cross has been on flags since the early colonial period but a University of Melbourne expert says it’s a very difficult emblem for many Australians
How smaller can be better for memorialising history
Historic events like 9/11 seem to demand monuments, but for communities smaller memorials can provide a closer connection argues University of Melbourne expert.
The life stories of Gippsland lakes fishers
A University of Melbourne oral history project is preserving the memories of the people who fished the Gippsland Lakes, before commercial fishing was shutdown.
Shakespeare and lost plays
A new book by a University of Melbourne researcher explores the hundreds of lost plays known to Shakespeare’s original audiences and their value to modern drama
The truth behind a pirate legend
Benito de Soto was a ruthless pirate, but University of Melbourne research finds that his story has been re-written to create his modern rebel reputation.
Scientist and killer: A split life
A Nazi on the margins of history emerges as urbane scientist who disturbingly went back to a successful career, University of Melbourne research finds.
The Queen who defied the Holy Roman Emperor
A University of Melbourne expert says Italian-born princess, Queen Bona, helps us understand how Renaissance women acquired, maintained and negotiated power.
Celebrating 75 years: The UN’s past and future
It’s 75 years since the United Nations was formed in 1945; a University of Melbourne expert says one of its major achievements is to have survived for so long.
Hagia Sophia reigns serene
Istanbul’s 1,500 year-old Hagia Sophia has a tumultuous history and its return to being a mosque is only the latest twist, says a University of Melbourne expert
What today’s news has in common with early execution ballads
Scandal and violence dominate our headlines; but a University of Melbourne expert says little has changed since execution ballads were sung in sixteenth century