Through a glass brightly: Whitechapel’s pandemic window

Mark Honigsbaum

Hidden in a Grade 3-listed church in Whitechapel is a remarkable stained-glass window commemorating the ‘heroes and heroines’ of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. As the centenary of the pandemic looms, Mark Honigsbaum reveals how the window disappeared from view and what it says about our culture of forgetting.

The history of self-harm: An interview with Sarah Chaney

Sarah Chaney

Self-harm was first categorised in the late Victorian era, but definitions have changed many times over the years. In this interview about her new book, Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-harm (2017), Sarah Chaney tells The Historian what we can learn about psychiatric categories today from the history of self-inflicted injury.