Chas Newkey-Burden writes on the songs and poetry of Bobby Sands, a figure best known for his election as an MP, his hunger strike, and ultimately, his death.
Ray Mwareya and Nyasha Bhobo speak to Pali Lehohla, the statistician tasked with dismantling apartheid South Africa’s racist data-collection systems in the 1990s.
Clare Church considers the contributions made by three iconic performers to the cause of Free France during World War II.
Alex Walker reflects on the successes and failures of two presidents who occupy very different positions in the historical imagination.
Niamh Carroll’s great-grandfather was shot by British soldiers 100 years ago. Here, she reflects on the effects of oral history on political perspective.
Alicia Colson remembers the brutality of a policy that saw seven generations of Indigenous Canadian children stolen from their parents.
Dillon Whitehead looks at the radical legacy of one of Dada’s most iconic artists.
Meghna Amin remembers the 23-year-old woman who revolutionised investigative journalism.
Jack Guise observes how the iconic documentary-maker’s earliest films reflected the colonial anxieties of their time.
Charles MacNeice looks back at the human cost of a disaster known only for its political consequences.
Fairuz Farhoud writes on the legacy of Mukhlisa Bubi, a Muslim judge, educator and campaigner in a hostile revolutionary Russia.
In Renaissance Venice, poets and sex workers made their living by selling different versions of love. Chloe Johnson remembers a woman who straddled the divide.
Jeevan Sanghera recalls the radical afterlife of a 21-year-old anticolonial activist.
Liam Caldwell writes about Roger Casement’s groundbreaking work, which was sullied by reports of homosexuality circulated by the British government that executed him.
Leah Charlotte Nuttall looks back to the racism experienced by three members of the Windrush generation on their first arrival in the UK.
Abigail Priestley asks whether the great Marxist artist would have recognised herself in the tote bags and fridge magnets now adorned with her face.
Kim Singh Sall revisits an overlooked hero of the suffrage movement and the struggle for Indian independence.
Edd Jones asks how we should remember a woman who enabled some of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century – without her knowledge or consent.
Meabh Diffley considers the reconstruction of Boudica as a poster girl for the imperial mentality she died trying to defeat.