The architecture of the river Thames – in pictures

London is a city divided by the Thames, but united by its bridges, which allow people to navigate the city. An exhibition at theMuseum of London Docklands displays rare archive photographs. See more photos

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben taken from the south side of the River Thames near Westminster bridge in 1965. Photograph: Henry Grant

Why were so many female artists airbrushed from history?

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Photographs: Courtesy Of The Fine Art Society

105th birthday party for man who saved 669 children from the Nazis

There are around 6,000 people around the world today who owe Sir Nicholas Winton their lives:

It could almost be a normal birthday party, with music, presents and a cake. But the cake has 105 candles and many of the 100 or so guests who are here to celebrate the birthday of Sir Nicholas Winton owe him their life.

Winton’s 105th birthday party is at the Czech embassy in London, and the guests here are the offspring of 669 children - mostly Jewish - rescued by Winton from almost certain death in the months before the second world war broke out.

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Second world war in Google Street View

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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

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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