A picture paints a thousand words, or so the saying goes.

Since photography was invented in the early 1800s, much of history — the wholesome and the unwholesome, the uplifting and the soul-stirring — has been captured in pictures.

All historical photographs have a story to tell, they document events in human history, seeing them in colour provides a new way to grasp the full meaning of the past.

Step back in time and see the world as it might have actually looked as we recapture the past in colour.