Second world war in Google Street View

Nazis march through Paris, London weathers the blitz and Hiroshima faces devastation as our Street View specialist Halley Docherty takes us back to the cities of the second world war. See more

Crowds watch the D-Day news line ticker at Times Square, New York City, on 6 June 1944

The evolution of London: the city’s near-2,000 year history mapped

How did London evolve from its creation as a Roman city in 43AD to the crowded, chaotic megacity we see today? The London Evolution Animation takes a holistic view of what was built in the capital during different historical periods – what has been lost, what saved and what protected. Read more »

Norway to restage 1914 ‘human zoo’ that exhibited Africans as inmates

Oslo’s original human zoo or Kongolandsbyen was central to Norway’s world fair in 1914. The artists claim that the new project, which they named European Attraction Limited, is meant to provoke a discussion on colonialism and racism in a post-modern world, engaging with Norway’s racist past in the process. Read more »

Human fish and the 10-stone toddler: the weird world of British Pathé

British Pathé has uploaded 3,500 hours of historic footage to YouTube. Stephen Moss dives into the archive and discovers the mind-boggling strangeness of our recent past. Read more

The books bound in human skin - flesh-crawling page-turners

Harvard historians say a book thought to be bound in human skin is actually sheepskin. But the macabre art of anthropodermic bibliopegy has a long, dark history. Read more

Photograph: Reuters

Royal Mail to open Mail Rail to the public – in pictures

The Post Office underground railway – Mail Rail – ran under the streets of London largely unnoticed for more than three quarters of a century. Since 2003, the electrified railway has been dormant, with just a handful of engineers to maintain it. Under new plans developed by the British Postal Museum & Archive, that could all be about to change. See more

Photos courtesy of BPMA

Eyewitness: The Rijksmuseum library has the largest art history collection in the Netherlands. It has been open to the public since renovation work was completed in April 2013.

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Photographer: David Levene for the Guardian

How true should historical fiction be?

From Hilary Mantel to Andrew Miller to Philippa Gregory, historical fiction is enjoying a boom. But novelists are storytellers, not history teachers, argues Stephanie Merritt. Read more

Pictured: Stranger than fiction … Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell) and Lydia Leonard (Anne Boleyn) in the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Bombs on wheels: young artists invited to create first world war memorials

A major new art collaboration spans three French and British cities and shows how the artists of today respond to war. Read more

Pictured: Wall of fame … Léa Le Bricomte’s Dripping Medals consists entirely of first world war honours. Photograph: Gwen Le Bras/© Galerie Lara Vincy

Degenerate Art: What Hitler dismissed as ‘filth’

Exhibition revisits Germany’s Degenerate Art show that destroyed so many careers, and the rhetoric that made the exhibition possible, writes Jason Farago. Read more

Pictured: Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials at the Dada wall at the Degenerate Art exhibition, July 16, 1937.  Photograph: bpk, Berlin, Art Resource, NY/bpk / Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin