Things structure our lives. They enrich us, embellish us and express our hopes and fears. Here, to introduce a month-long focus on research on material culture, four academics from different disciplines explain why understanding how we interact with our material world can reveal unparalleled insights into what it is to be human.
New facial reconstruction of a man buried in a medieval hospital graveyard discovered underneath a Cambridge college sheds light on how ordinary poor people lived in 13th century England.
Eco-friendly and ethical catering recognised in annual awards ceremony.
The Vellacott History Prize, the Kelvin Science Prize and the Thomas Campion English Prize are open for entries until the end of March.