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Comment sections and tweets may prove invaluable for future research. Photograph: iStock

Our experience of modern history is informed as much from news reels, magazines and personal journals as it is by the physical artefacts we see in mus(...)

Pope John Paul II departing from Ireland an Aer Lingus plane at Shannon Airport following his visit  in 1979. The late pontiff is to be canonised on April 27th. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The last time a Roman Catholic pontiff was made a saint, television news was in its infancy and the coverage from St Peter’s Square was resolut(...)