John Gimlette

The world’s best wrecks and ruins

3 December 2022 9:00 am

Oliver Smith takes us on a tour of train graveyards, bunkers, ghost towns, crumbling palaces – and a 7,000-bedroom hotel in North Korea that never even opened

It’s time to stop sneering at metal detectorists

19 November 2022 9:00 am

The vast majority of significant finds are now unearthed by amateurs – including the Nebra Sky Disc, the centrepiece of the British Museum’s recent Stonehenge exhibition

The Maldives: sun, sand and fanaticism

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Suddenly, the Maldivians are in the news. Earlier this year, they locked up their first democratically elected president, and just…

‘The Discovery of the Large, Rich, Beautiful Empire called Guiana’, from ‘Newe Weld un Americanische Historien’, by Johann Ludwig Gottfried, 1631

The strange history of Willoughbyland, modern-day Suriname

8 August 2015 9:00 am

John Gimlette on the strange and superbly told story of Willoughbyland, England’s ‘lost’ colony

New York: Literary ghost tour

16 November 2013 9:00 am

John Gimlette visits the flats and flophouses of great writers

How many positions are there in the Kamasutra?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Numbers, as every mathematician knows, do odd things. But they’re never odder than in the human context. Ever since we…