Google's Cultural Institute has had a shot in the arm. It's now hosting a massive set of 42 online collections, which cover all manner of 20th and 21st century history.
Rich with video, images and text, the collections span everything from Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, through D-Day and Auschwitz, to civil rights' in South Africa. In fact there's a heavy emphasis on South Africa and its politics — a result of close collaboration with Africa Media Online.
The site guides you through all the content using a timeline, and stitches together media to form a narrative for each collection. It's all beautifully designed — and with any luck, extra content will keep coming. [Google via The Verge]