Some stars end their lives with a spectacularly violent explosion: a supernova. Supernovae release huge amounts of material and energy into the interstellar medium, producing supernova remnants which are observable for up to around a hundred thousand years. In our galaxy we expect about one supernova every 50 years or so. However, we only see the light from relatively nearby ones, since interstellar dust obscures the more distant ones. There are historical records of about half a dozen supernovae in our galaxy over the last two thousand years. Most of these records are from China, Japan or Korea, although there are European records of the more recent ones, and a variety of Arabic records are also available for some events. The speaker will review these records of the historical supernovae, and the modern observations of the supernovae remnants that they have produced.