Making History

Roger Wilkes (series 1) / Sue Cook (series 2 onwards) helps listeners to uncover personal historical mysteries, whether a dark rumour about a great aunt, a strange hole in the garden or a curio on the mantlepiece.

Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

Episodes

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20040420Sue Cook returns to look into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the misunderstood.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"Sue Cook returns to look into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the misunderstood.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

200405045/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"5/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

200405116/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"6/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

200406224/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"4/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

2004062911/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"11/13. Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

20041019Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

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20041109Sue Cook looks into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the past.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team. Write to:

PO Box 3096

Brighton BN1 1PL

"Sue Cook looks into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the past.

Brighton BN1 1PL"

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20041130Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

"Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities."

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20050419Sue Cook returns with another batch of listeners' history queries.

Today, a listener's family link with one of the founding fathers of the ANC, and the human story behind the partition of India.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listener's query, then contact Sue and the Making History team. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

Sue Cook returns with another batch of listeners' history queries.

Today, a listener's family link with one of the founding fathers of the ANC, and the human story behind the partition of India.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listener's query, then contact Sue and the Making History team. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"Sue Cook returns with another batch of listeners' history queries.

Today, a listener's family link with one of the founding fathers of the ANC, and the human story behind the partition of India.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listener's query, then contact Sue and the Making History team. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

20050426Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of listeners' history queries. Today, Dilly Barlow visits the Big Pit in Blaenavon.

Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of listeners' history queries. Today, Dilly Barlow visits the Big Pit in Blaenavon.

"Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of listeners' history queries. Today, Dilly Barlow visits the Big Pit in Blaenavon."

20050503Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of history queries. Today, listeners review the Coventry Transport Museum, one of the finalists in this year's Gulbenkian Museum Awards.

Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of history queries. Today, listeners review the Coventry Transport Museum, one of the finalists in this year's Gulbenkian Museum Awards.

"Sue Cook and the team tackle another batch of history queries. Today, listeners review the Coventry Transport Museum, one of the finalists in this year's Gulbenkian Museum Awards."

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20050614"Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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"Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

20050621Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to:

Making History

PO Box 3096

Brighton

BN1 1PL.

Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to:

Making History

PO Box 3096

Brighton

BN1 1PL.

"Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to:

Making History

PO Box 3096

Brighton

BN1 1PL."

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20060418Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.
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20061017Nick Baker gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

Nick Baker gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

"Nick Baker gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities. Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL."

200610242/10. Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400

2/10. Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400

"2/10. Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400"

20061031Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

"Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400."

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20061121Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400 [National Rate].

Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400 [National Rate]

"Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400 [National Rate]"

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20070403Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.
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20080401Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Writer Alison Weir gives some guidance to a Midland re-enactment troupe on the character of John Tiptoft, Renaissance man or 15th century murderer?

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Writer Alison Weir gives some guidance to a Midland re-enactment troupe on the character of John Tiptoft, Renaissance man or 15th century murderer?

"Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Writer Alison Weir gives some guidance to a Midland re-enactment troupe on the character of John Tiptoft, Renaissance man or 15th century murderer?"

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20081125Vanessa Collingridge investigates the story of a 19th-century attempt at a new European order in Sheffield and finds out whether the city's steel industry provided the answer to an age-old navigational problem for Britain's sailors.

Vanessa Collingridge investigates the story of a 19th-century attempt at a new European order in Sheffield and finds out whether the city's steel industry provided the answer to an age-old navigational problem for Britain's sailors.

Vanessa Collingridge investigates a 19th-century attempt at a new order in Sheffield.

Vanessa Collingridge investigates a 19th-century attempt at a new order in Sheffield.

20081202 Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

20081209Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.
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20081223Vanessa Collingridge visits Southall, Middlesex, to take listeners' questions.

"Vanessa Collingridge visits Southall, Middlesex, to take listeners' questions."

Vanessa Collingridge visits Southall, Middlesex, to take listeners' questions.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa visits Southall, Middlesex, where listeners ask about the story of immigration from East Africa, the pre-urban landscape and the origins of the doll's house.

Vanessa Collingridge visits Southall, Middlesex, to take listeners' questions.

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20090407Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Could a listener's hotel in North Wales once have been the court of the 13th-century Welsh leader Llewellyn the Great? Plus listeners caught up in the expulsions from Idi Amin's Uganda in 1972 revisit their personal experiences, and medicine historian Dr Elizabeth Hurren lifts the lid on the grim history of the undertaker.

Could a listener's hotel in North Wales once have been the court of Llewellyn the Great?

20090414Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Listener Bridget Long sets out to confirm a family story - that her late father played oboe in the premiere of a piece of work by Benjamin Britten while being held in a German POW camp.

Archaeologists at the University of Liverpool reveal how they know what Britons ate before the introduction of farming.

Bridget Long tries to confirm a family story about her late father during World War Two.

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Military historian Professor Richard Holmes explains how the militia worked in the 18th century, and Andy Cassell reports from Scotland on Britain's only private army.

Historian Professor Richard Holmes explains how the militia worked in the 18th century.

20090428Vanessa Collingridge explores ordinary people's links with the past. Professor Mark Stoyle goes in search of the Civil War dead from the bitter siege of Lyme Regis.

Professor Mark Stoyle goes in search of the Civil War dead from the siege of Lyme Regis.

20090505Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past. Could a leaf collection in Southport provide valuable historical research for climate researchers in the future?

Could a leaf collection in Southport provide valuable historical research?

20090512Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

How the experiences of a painter and decorator from Sale in 19th-century China reveals more about the spread of religion in that period. Plus the remarkable story of the listener who witnessed the German surrender at Monte Cassino.

The experiences of a painter and decorator from Sale in 19th-century China.

20090519Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past. The story of John Bellingham, the only person to murder a British Prime Minister.

The story of John Bellingham, the only person to murder a British Prime Minister.

20090526Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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20090609One of the few surviving members of the British whaling fleet recalls life on South Georgia, and Professor Tom Williamson from the University of East Anglia reveals the rich history of a now almost lost hamlet.

One of the surviving members of the British whaling fleet recalls life on South Georgia.

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20090623Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Featuring a listener's search for justice for an ancestor who was a hero during a dramatic mine rescue in 19th-century Wales.

Featuring a listener's ancestor who was a hero in a mine rescue in 19th-century Wales.

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20091006Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

20091013Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past. Is the skin that binds a book in Bristol the gruesome remains of a listener's ancestor?

Is the skin that binds a book in Bristol the gruesome remains of a listener's ancestor?

20091020Vanessa Collingridge joins the residents of Mildenhall in Suffolk as they remember the early aviators who took part in an air race to Melbourne in 1934. On the coast she meets the team from the University of East Anglia that is mapping Second World War defences, and near Norwich she sees the human remains that may well shine a new light on the world of Boudicca.

Residents of Mildenhall remember the aviators who took part in an air race in 1934.

20091027Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Are some green lanes and place names in southern England a reminder of an earlier Welsh invasion?

Are some green lanes and place names in southern England a reminder of a Welsh invasion?

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20100119Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK that are making A History of The World, including a 9th-century bell in Northern Ireland and rosary beads found on the Mary Rose.

Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK that are making A History of The World, including a 9th-century bell in Northern Ireland and rosary beads found on the Mary Rose.

Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK that are making A History of The World, including a 9th-century bell in Northern Ireland and rosary beads found on the Mary Rose.

Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK.

"Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK that are making A History of The World, including a 9th-century bell in Northern Ireland and rosary beads found on the Mary Rose.

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20100126Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World, including the nurse's uniform worn by one of only eight women to land with the troops on D-Day.

Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World, including the nurse's uniform worn by one of only eight women to land with the troops on D-Day.

Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World, including the nurse's uniform worn by one of only eight women to land with the troops on D-Day.

Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World.

"Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World, including the nurse's uniform worn by one of only eight women to land with the troops on D-Day.

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20100202Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History Of The World. Today, a writing tablet from Roman Cumbria and the original blueprint for garden suburbs.

Vanessa Collingridge hears about a writing tablet from Roman Cumbria.

20100209Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History Of The World

20100216Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History Of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History Of The World

20100223Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History of The World

20100518Vanessa Collingridge returns with a new series of Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

This episode features the nineteenth-century Somerset boot-maker who helped improve the lives of millions of amputees and changed the course of medical history; and in the North West a literary scheme that is using historical fiction to help readers unlock the past. But is there a temptation for a good story to get in the way of historical facts?

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

With Vanessa Collingridge. Including the Somerset bootmaker who changed medical history.

20100525A listener's search for the answer to a television quiz programme reveals how a new philosophy changed the physical face of Edinburgh back in the eighteenth century. Dylan Winter travels to North Wales and Somerset to discover the history of lager in the UK 100 years before the lager lout, and we learn about a new English Heritage project that hopes to capture memories of the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The history of lager and how a new philosophy changed Edinburgh. With Vanessa Collingridge

20100601One of the country's leading experts on First World War archaeology enlists the help of Making History to help him solve a family mystery. Andrew Robertshaw wants to find out exactly what went on in Roundhay Park in Leeds between 1914 and 1918. Was it used as a training ground for soldiers detailed to serve at Ypres?

Meanwhile in Cornwall we unpack the story of a medicine chest that was used in the exploration of Africa.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Strange marks on the moors near Sheffield reveal a hidden military history.

20100608Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Vanessa is in Lincolnshire finding out more about one of our most unusual spa towns and hearing from locals who think the preservation of buildings in England is too focussed on architecture, and not the wider heritage of the place that the building is in.

Richard Daniel visits Essex and Edinburgh to hear how Viking settlement was encouraged by global warming. We also revisit some of the epic moments in the history of the British cavalry on the Continent and ask: how did the horses get there?

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

When it comes to the preservation of buildings, is history losing out to architecture?

20100615Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Help us by taking part in a new project to record old advertising signs painted on the sides of buildings.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

20100706Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website:

bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website:

bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

20100831Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, the little known secret army of 'coders' who were trained to listen to Russian military radio communications. Such was the secrecy surrounding these operations that those taking part had little idea just how big an operation they were involved in and that it was all organised by the fledgling GCHQ.

We travel back to 16th century Warwickshire and the weeks after the birth of world-famous playwright William Shakespeare to ask why his mother didn't attend his christening and what this tells us about the place of women and their role in the family at this time.

We continue our journey to Cresswell Crags near Worksop in Nottinghamshire to find out how to identify flint tools and there's news of a new on-line archive which wants people to submit material they might have on Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The little known story of a Cold War secret army.

"Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, the little known secret army of 'coders' who were trained to listen to Russian military radio communications. Such was the secrecy surrounding these operations that those taking part had little idea just how big an operation they were involved in and that it was all organised by the fledgling GCHQ.

We travel back to 16th century Warwickshire and the weeks after the birth of world-famous playwright William Shakespeare to ask why his mother didn't attend his christening and what this tells us about the place of women and their role in the family at this time.

We continue our journey to Cresswell Crags near Worksop in Nottinghamshire to find out how to identify flint tools and there's news of a new on-line archive which wants people to submit material they might have on Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The little known story of a Cold War secret army."

Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, the little known secret army of 'coders' who were trained to listen to Russian military radio communications. Such was the secrecy surrounding these operations that those taking part had little idea just how big an operation they were involved in and that it was all organised by the fledgling GCHQ.

We travel back to 16th century Warwickshire and the weeks after the birth of world-famous playwright William Shakespeare to ask why his mother didn't attend his christening and what this tells us about the place of women and their role in the family at this time.

We continue our journey to Cresswell Crags near Worksop in Nottinghamshire to find out how to identify flint tools and there's news of a new on-line archive which wants people to submit material they might have on Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The little known story of a Cold War secret army.

20100907Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, Vanessa travels to Musselburgh to find out more about the first modern battle on British soil and the first modern map that depicted it. On 10th September 1547 the English and Scottish armies faced each other just a few miles to the east of Edinburgh in one of the key moments of what's become known as the War of the 'Rough Wooing'.

The English were using new, European-influenced, fighting techniques that included artillery; the Scots, however, relied on the medieval duality of man and horse. They were dealt a heavy defeat. However, despite this being: the last battle between Scots and English and the first 'modern' battle, there is little locally that commemorates it and few know much about it.

Vanessa talks with historian Dr Fiona Watson and then travels to the British Library in London to look at a map of the Battle of Pinkie that librarian Peter Barber believes is our first 'modern' map.

Also in the programme, listeners in a small town on the Essex/Suffolk border have got together for a community performance of song and speech which recalls bitter rural unrest in East Anglia in 1816 when the cry went up: 'bread or blood'. We hear how an economic downturn, new technology and the return of thousands of farm-workers from the Napoleonic wars pushed this sleepy part of the world into open revolt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

"Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, Vanessa travels to Musselburgh to find out more about the first modern battle on British soil and the first modern map that depicted it. On 10th September 1547 the English and Scottish armies faced each other just a few miles to the east of Edinburgh in one of the key moments of what's become known as the War of the 'Rough Wooing'.

The English were using new, European-influenced, fighting techniques that included artillery; the Scots, however, relied on the medieval duality of man and horse. They were dealt a heavy defeat. However, despite this being: the last battle between Scots and English and the first 'modern' battle, there is little locally that commemorates it and few know much about it.

Vanessa talks with historian Dr Fiona Watson and then travels to the British Library in London to look at a map of the Battle of Pinkie that librarian Peter Barber believes is our first 'modern' map.

Also in the programme, listeners in a small town on the Essex/Suffolk border have got together for a community performance of song and speech which recalls bitter rural unrest in East Anglia in 1816 when the cry went up: 'bread or blood'. We hear how an economic downturn, new technology and the return of thousands of farm-workers from the Napoleonic wars pushed this sleepy part of the world into open revolt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past."

Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, Vanessa travels to Musselburgh to find out more about the first modern battle on British soil and the first modern map that depicted it. On 10th September 1547 the English and Scottish armies faced each other just a few miles to the east of Edinburgh in one of the key moments of what's become known as the War of the 'Rough Wooing'.

The English were using new, European-influenced, fighting techniques that included artillery; the Scots, however, relied on the medieval duality of man and horse. They were dealt a heavy defeat. However, despite this being: the last battle between Scots and English and the first 'modern' battle, there is little locally that commemorates it and few know much about it.

Vanessa talks with historian Dr Fiona Watson and then travels to the British Library in London to look at a map of the Battle of Pinkie that librarian Peter Barber believes is our first 'modern' map.

Also in the programme, listeners in a small town on the Essex/Suffolk border have got together for a community performance of song and speech which recalls bitter rural unrest in East Anglia in 1816 when the cry went up: 'bread or blood'. We hear how an economic downturn, new technology and the return of thousands of farm-workers from the Napoleonic wars pushed this sleepy part of the world into open revolt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

20100914Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, military historian Professor Richard Holmes reveals the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo and Vanessa discovers how Jacobites ran riot in Manchester.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Richard Holmes on the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo.

"Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, military historian Professor Richard Holmes reveals the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo and Vanessa discovers how Jacobites ran riot in Manchester.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Richard Holmes on the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo."

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, military historian Professor Richard Holmes reveals the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo and Vanessa discovers how Jacobites ran riot in Manchester.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Richard Holmes on the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo.

20100921Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, 'hard graft'- how labour camps were used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s; how walking became a Victorian entertainment; and celebrating our oldest cinema.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge examines the labour camps used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s

"Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, 'hard graft'- how labour camps were used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s; how walking became a Victorian entertainment; and celebrating our oldest cinema.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge examines the labour camps used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s"

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, 'hard graft'- how labour camps were used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s; how walking became a Victorian entertainment; and celebrating our oldest cinema.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge examines the labour camps used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s

20100928Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

20101005Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Contact:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Contact:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

20101012Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

20101019Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

20101026Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

20110301

A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with the first in a new series of Radio 4's popular history magazine.

"

A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with the first in a new series of Radio 4's popular history magazine."

A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with the first in a new series of Radio 4's popular history magazine.

20110308

Historian Helen Castor presents the programme that connects people with the past.

Today, a poem found amongst the personal papers of a listener's father reveals world-wide admiration for an Italian fascist whose death raises questions about his relationship with Mussolini.

Fiona Watson heads for a deserted Scottish island to uncover the 7th century equivalent of photo-journalism.

Tom Holland marks the 250th anniversary of the bloodiest riot outside of London in the 18th century.

And a listener's photograph of her father in the First World War brings to life the moment when motorised horsepower took over from the real thing.

Presenter: Helen Castor

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the popular history magazine.

"

Historian Helen Castor presents the programme that connects people with the past.

Today, a poem found amongst the personal papers of a listener's father reveals world-wide admiration for an Italian fascist whose death raises questions about his relationship with Mussolini.

Fiona Watson heads for a deserted Scottish island to uncover the 7th century equivalent of photo-journalism.

Tom Holland marks the 250th anniversary of the bloodiest riot outside of London in the 18th century.

And a listener's photograph of her father in the First World War brings to life the moment when motorised horsepower took over from the real thing.

Presenter: Helen Castor

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the popular history magazine."

Historian Helen Castor presents the programme that connects people with the past.

Today, a poem found amongst the personal papers of a listener's father reveals world-wide admiration for an Italian fascist whose death raises questions about his relationship with Mussolini.

Fiona Watson heads for a deserted Scottish island to uncover the 7th century equivalent of photo-journalism.

Tom Holland marks the 250th anniversary of the bloodiest riot outside of London in the 18th century.

And a listener's photograph of her father in the First World War brings to life the moment when motorised horsepower took over from the real thing.

Presenter: Helen Castor

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the popular history magazine.

20110315

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110322

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with listeners' stories that change the way we see the past.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with listeners' stories that change the way we see the past.

20110329

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110405

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110412
20110419Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110426Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110503Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110510Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110524Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110531
20110607Helen Castor talks to Professor Mark Stoyle of the University of Southampton about the moment that the reality of the civil war hit home for the English in 1642 and people had to chose between King or Parliament. Forced out of London, King Charles 1st uses Commissions of Array to recruit supporters but as Mark Stoyle explains there were many places where these simply did not work.

Reporter Lizz Pearson meets listener Eileen Fardon who has come across letters from the Bloomfield family in Coney Weston in Suffolk to a son serving in France in 1918. Within the letters is the revelation that the boys' mother travels to Abbeyville in France by herself after receiving a telegram that says he's been wounded.

When was the last trial of a witch in England?

Professor Owen Davies tells Helen Castor about the trial of Jane Wenham in 1712 and how a belief in witchcraft continued for more than 200 years despite laws that outlawed and further prosecutions.

In our 'Double Top Domesday' series, Professor Ian Rotherham at the University of Sheffield Hallam throws a dart and ends up near Barnsley where his reading of the local vegetation reveals a surprisingly wet landscape history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

"Helen Castor talks to Professor Mark Stoyle of the University of Southampton about the moment that the reality of the civil war hit home for the English in 1642 and people had to chose between King or Parliament. Forced out of London, King Charles 1st uses Commissions of Array to recruit supporters but as Mark Stoyle explains there were many places where these simply did not work.

Reporter Lizz Pearson meets listener Eileen Fardon who has come across letters from the Bloomfield family in Coney Weston in Suffolk to a son serving in France in 1918. Within the letters is the revelation that the boys' mother travels to Abbeyville in France by herself after receiving a telegram that says he's been wounded.

When was the last trial of a witch in England?

Professor Owen Davies tells Helen Castor about the trial of Jane Wenham in 1712 and how a belief in witchcraft continued for more than 200 years despite laws that outlawed and further prosecutions.

In our 'Double Top Domesday' series, Professor Ian Rotherham at the University of Sheffield Hallam throws a dart and ends up near Barnsley where his reading of the local vegetation reveals a surprisingly wet landscape history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past."

Helen Castor talks to Professor Mark Stoyle of the University of Southampton about the moment that the reality of the civil war hit home for the English in 1642 and people had to chose between King or Parliament. Forced out of London, King Charles 1st uses Commissions of Array to recruit supporters but as Mark Stoyle explains there were many places where these simply did not work.

Reporter Lizz Pearson meets listener Eileen Fardon who has come across letters from the Bloomfield family in Coney Weston in Suffolk to a son serving in France in 1918. Within the letters is the revelation that the boys' mother travels to Abbeyville in France by herself after receiving a telegram that says he's been wounded.

When was the last trial of a witch in England?

Professor Owen Davies tells Helen Castor about the trial of Jane Wenham in 1712 and how a belief in witchcraft continued for more than 200 years despite laws that outlawed and further prosecutions.

In our 'Double Top Domesday' series, Professor Ian Rotherham at the University of Sheffield Hallam throws a dart and ends up near Barnsley where his reading of the local vegetation reveals a surprisingly wet landscape history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20110614Helen Castor and the team explore recent historical research and follow up listeners' questions and comments.

A listener's visit to a town in Kent leads us to the remarkable story of the Barbary Corsairs - but not the one we'd envisaged! The town in question is Faversham and it's there that a plaque to a local sailor rescued from pirates was spotted. But, the link between the Barbary Corsairs and Faversham is much more than a rescued sailor. One of the most feared pirates in the seventeenth century came from Faversham. Helen Castor spoke with the author Adrian Tinniswood who explained the background to this story: how peace with Spain in the early 1600's threw thousands of mercenaries out of work and how many moved to North Africa to join with the pirates we know as the Barbary Corsairs. There was no one more infamous than Issouf Reis who converted to Islam and made so much money that he lived in Tunis in a house made out of Marble and Alabaster.

Foreign correspondent Tom Gibb follows up last week's story about the Civil War 'Commissions of Array' which were used by the king to recruit followers in the fight with parliament. He likens events in the seventeenth century in England to what he saw in Central America in the 1980's where most people simply didn't want anything to do with the conflict.

In Ipswich, Making History reporter Joanna Pinnock discovers a little-known side to the life of Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey. Retired headteacher, John Blatchly has led a campaign to commemorate Wolsey in his home town with a statue. Whilst raising funds, local people have been researching the life of Wolsey and have found that he was an important influence on England's fledgling education system - even proposing his own national curriculum.

In this week's edition of 'Double-Top Domesday' Professor Alun Howkins, a social historian from the University of Sussex, is at the oche. His dart lands close to the Norfolk village of Old Buckenham and Alun soon finds evidence for a hidden radical past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the programme that reflects listeners' passions for the past.

"Helen Castor and the team explore recent historical research and follow up listeners' questions and comments.

A listener's visit to a town in Kent leads us to the remarkable story of the Barbary Corsairs - but not the one we'd envisaged! The town in question is Faversham and it's there that a plaque to a local sailor rescued from pirates was spotted. But, the link between the Barbary Corsairs and Faversham is much more than a rescued sailor. One of the most feared pirates in the seventeenth century came from Faversham. Helen Castor spoke with the author Adrian Tinniswood who explained the background to this story: how peace with Spain in the early 1600's threw thousands of mercenaries out of work and how many moved to North Africa to join with the pirates we know as the Barbary Corsairs. There was no one more infamous than Issouf Reis who converted to Islam and made so much money that he lived in Tunis in a house made out of Marble and Alabaster.

Foreign correspondent Tom Gibb follows up last week's story about the Civil War 'Commissions of Array' which were used by the king to recruit followers in the fight with parliament. He likens events in the seventeenth century in England to what he saw in Central America in the 1980's where most people simply didn't want anything to do with the conflict.

In Ipswich, Making History reporter Joanna Pinnock discovers a little-known side to the life of Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey. Retired headteacher, John Blatchly has led a campaign to commemorate Wolsey in his home town with a statue. Whilst raising funds, local people have been researching the life of Wolsey and have found that he was an important influence on England's fledgling education system - even proposing his own national curriculum.

In this week's edition of 'Double-Top Domesday' Professor Alun Howkins, a social historian from the University of Sussex, is at the oche. His dart lands close to the Norfolk village of Old Buckenham and Alun soon finds evidence for a hidden radical past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the programme that reflects listeners' passions for the past."

Helen Castor and the team explore recent historical research and follow up listeners' questions and comments.

A listener's visit to a town in Kent leads us to the remarkable story of the Barbary Corsairs - but not the one we'd envisaged! The town in question is Faversham and it's there that a plaque to a local sailor rescued from pirates was spotted. But, the link between the Barbary Corsairs and Faversham is much more than a rescued sailor. One of the most feared pirates in the seventeenth century came from Faversham. Helen Castor spoke with the author Adrian Tinniswood who explained the background to this story: how peace with Spain in the early 1600's threw thousands of mercenaries out of work and how many moved to North Africa to join with the pirates we know as the Barbary Corsairs. There was no one more infamous than Issouf Reis who converted to Islam and made so much money that he lived in Tunis in a house made out of Marble and Alabaster.

Foreign correspondent Tom Gibb follows up last week's story about the Civil War 'Commissions of Array' which were used by the king to recruit followers in the fight with parliament. He likens events in the seventeenth century in England to what he saw in Central America in the 1980's where most people simply didn't want anything to do with the conflict.

In Ipswich, Making History reporter Joanna Pinnock discovers a little-known side to the life of Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey. Retired headteacher, John Blatchly has led a campaign to commemorate Wolsey in his home town with a statue. Whilst raising funds, local people have been researching the life of Wolsey and have found that he was an important influence on England's fledgling education system - even proposing his own national curriculum.

In this week's edition of 'Double-Top Domesday' Professor Alun Howkins, a social historian from the University of Sussex, is at the oche. His dart lands close to the Norfolk village of Old Buckenham and Alun soon finds evidence for a hidden radical past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the programme that reflects listeners' passions for the past.

20110621
20110823A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

"A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians."

A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

20110830Radio 4's popular history magazine series. Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

Radio 4's popular history magazine series. Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

20110906A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's popular history magazine series.

"A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's popular history magazine series."

A new series of 'Making History'. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's popular history magazine series.

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20111115Is History In Crisis?:

TV seems full to bursting with history programmes, the bookshops are stuffed full of historic fact and fiction - and there are few decent radio programmes on the subject too! So, is history in crisis? That was one of the themes up for discussion at a conference organised by History Today and Tom went along to gauge the feeling of students and researchers. Many were worried by perceived cutbacks in the humanities in universities but it was the breadth of teaching that concerned people most. In short: too many Nazis and not enough Magna Carta, English Civil War or understanding of Welsh, Scottish and Irish history.

Unexplained Circles in Ashdown Forest:

A listener in Turkey has spotted 2 unexplained circles in Ashdown Forest whilst looking at satellite mapping (Grid References: TQ 45410 30887, E 545410.5 N 130887). Helen Castor visited the team at the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they have been using a new laser technique called LIDAR as part of a community archaeology partnership which might explain more.

Krojanty 1939:

Dr Richard Butterwick from University College London explains how the myth that Polish cavalry charged Nazi tanks in September 1939 took hold and spread.

Bath Pump Room Band:

Lizz Pearson meets up with Robert and Nicola Hyman who have written a history of music at the Pump Room in Bath.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme that reflects listeners' passion for the past.

"Is History In Crisis?:

TV seems full to bursting with history programmes, the bookshops are stuffed full of historic fact and fiction - and there are few decent radio programmes on the subject too! So, is history in crisis? That was one of the themes up for discussion at a conference organised by History Today and Tom went along to gauge the feeling of students and researchers. Many were worried by perceived cutbacks in the humanities in universities but it was the breadth of teaching that concerned people most. In short: too many Nazis and not enough Magna Carta, English Civil War or understanding of Welsh, Scottish and Irish history.

Unexplained Circles in Ashdown Forest:

A listener in Turkey has spotted 2 unexplained circles in Ashdown Forest whilst looking at satellite mapping (Grid References: TQ 45410 30887, E 545410.5 N 130887). Helen Castor visited the team at the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they have been using a new laser technique called LIDAR as part of a community archaeology partnership which might explain more.

Krojanty 1939:

Dr Richard Butterwick from University College London explains how the myth that Polish cavalry charged Nazi tanks in September 1939 took hold and spread.

Bath Pump Room Band:

Lizz Pearson meets up with Robert and Nicola Hyman who have written a history of music at the Pump Room in Bath.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme that reflects listeners' passion for the past."

Is History In Crisis?:

TV seems full to bursting with history programmes, the bookshops are stuffed full of historic fact and fiction - and there are few decent radio programmes on the subject too! So, is history in crisis? That was one of the themes up for discussion at a conference organised by History Today and Tom went along to gauge the feeling of students and researchers. Many were worried by perceived cutbacks in the humanities in universities but it was the breadth of teaching that concerned people most. In short: too many Nazis and not enough Magna Carta, English Civil War or understanding of Welsh, Scottish and Irish history.

Unexplained Circles in Ashdown Forest:

A listener in Turkey has spotted 2 unexplained circles in Ashdown Forest whilst looking at satellite mapping (Grid References: TQ 45410 30887, E 545410.5 N 130887). Helen Castor visited the team at the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they have been using a new laser technique called LIDAR as part of a community archaeology partnership which might explain more.

Krojanty 1939:

Dr Richard Butterwick from University College London explains how the myth that Polish cavalry charged Nazi tanks in September 1939 took hold and spread.

Bath Pump Room Band:

Lizz Pearson meets up with Robert and Nicola Hyman who have written a history of music at the Pump Room in Bath.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme that reflects listeners' passion for the past.

20111122
20120403Historian Helen Castor presents a new series of Radio 4's popular magazine in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

From Stirling to Southampton, Oxford to Orleans, the Making History team have been out and about in the last few weeks chasing down answers to questions posed in the emails and letters sent in by the Radio 4 audience: family research, forgotten diaries, architectural oddities, unexplained features in the landscape... all these, and more, add to a 'must-listen mix' of topics that range from the Aztecs to the obsession of a French railway enthusiast in Amersham.

In this week's programme: Helen meets two listeners who are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime to see for themselves the exact spot in the icy waters of the North Atlantic where a relative died on a British ship sunk by a British minefield in a little-known accident during the Second World War; fellow presenter Tom Holland heads down Route 66 to discover that mediaeval Native Americans loved the city-life just as much as their twenty-first century cousins; and a professional map-maker puzzles over some unexplained symbols that are making horticultural history in the Surrey countryside.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Two listeners head to the spot in the North Atlantic where a relative died in World War II

"Historian Helen Castor presents a new series of Radio 4's popular magazine in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

From Stirling to Southampton, Oxford to Orleans, the Making History team have been out and about in the last few weeks chasing down answers to questions posed in the emails and letters sent in by the Radio 4 audience: family research, forgotten diaries, architectural oddities, unexplained features in the landscape... all these, and more, add to a 'must-listen mix' of topics that range from the Aztecs to the obsession of a French railway enthusiast in Amersham.

In this week's programme: Helen meets two listeners who are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime to see for themselves the exact spot in the icy waters of the North Atlantic where a relative died on a British ship sunk by a British minefield in a little-known accident during the Second World War; fellow presenter Tom Holland heads down Route 66 to discover that mediaeval Native Americans loved the city-life just as much as their twenty-first century cousins; and a professional map-maker puzzles over some unexplained symbols that are making horticultural history in the Surrey countryside.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Two listeners head to the spot in the North Atlantic where a relative died in World War II"

Historian Helen Castor presents a new series of Radio 4's popular magazine in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

From Stirling to Southampton, Oxford to Orleans, the Making History team have been out and about in the last few weeks chasing down answers to questions posed in the emails and letters sent in by the Radio 4 audience: family research, forgotten diaries, architectural oddities, unexplained features in the landscape... all these, and more, add to a 'must-listen mix' of topics that range from the Aztecs to the obsession of a French railway enthusiast in Amersham.

In this week's programme: Helen meets two listeners who are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime to see for themselves the exact spot in the icy waters of the North Atlantic where a relative died on a British ship sunk by a British minefield in a little-known accident during the Second World War; fellow presenter Tom Holland heads down Route 66 to discover that mediaeval Native Americans loved the city-life just as much as their twenty-first century cousins; and a professional map-maker puzzles over some unexplained symbols that are making horticultural history in the Surrey countryside.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Two listeners head to the spot in the North Atlantic where a relative died in World War II

20120410Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, the programme marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic by looking into our understanding of icebergs 100 years ago and asking whether the ship's designers can really be blamed for not knowing what we know now. Helen Castor is in Exeter at the home of the Met Office to uncover the tragic and little-known story of the men who manned the Atlantic weather ships in wartime. And a listener in Dorset needs your help with a project which marks the impact of Black American GI's during the Second World War.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Presented by Tom Holland. Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, the programme marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic by looking into our understanding of icebergs 100 years ago and asking whether the ship's designers can really be blamed for not knowing what we know now. Helen Castor is in Exeter at the home of the Met Office to uncover the tragic and little-known story of the men who manned the Atlantic weather ships in wartime. And a listener in Dorset needs your help with a project which marks the impact of Black American GI's during the Second World War.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Presented by Tom Holland. Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

"Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, the programme marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic by looking into our understanding of icebergs 100 years ago and asking whether the ship's designers can really be blamed for not knowing what we know now. Helen Castor is in Exeter at the home of the Met Office to uncover the tragic and little-known story of the men who manned the Atlantic weather ships in wartime. And a listener in Dorset needs your help with a project which marks the impact of Black American GI's during the Second World War.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Presented by Tom Holland. Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic."

20120417Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today: the brutality of war and revolution in Russia - but what was a man from the East Midlands doing there? Is the name "Wessex" as old as we think it is? Did Aztecs and North American Indians ever meet? And the serious politics that was behind fun and games in fifteenth century Scotland.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with more of your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today: the brutality of war and revolution in Russia - but what was a man from the East Midlands doing there? Is the name "Wessex" as old as we think it is? Did Aztecs and North American Indians ever meet? And the serious politics that was behind fun and games in fifteenth century Scotland.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with more of your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

20120424Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history magazine.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history magazine.

20120501Historian Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history magazine.

Historian Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history magazine.

20120508Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the popular history magazine programme.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the popular history magazine programme.

20120522Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

20120529Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Oak Apple Day: Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton explains the origins of Oak Apple Day, the day that marks the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. In Fowey in Cornwall listener David Ruffer wants to find out more about the regicide Hugh Peter. Meanwhile in Sweden, listener Peter Henriksson wants to know what happened to foreign treaties during the Long Parliament and the Restoration that followed. Helen speaks to Dr Toby Osborne at the University of Durham.

Much Wenlock: In the week that the Olympic flame is carried through the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, the BBC School Report team help local youngsters research the local man who was a huge influence on the modern games.

The Fall of Constantinople: Tom Holland marks the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in May 1453 by talking to Professor Jonathan Harris at Royal Holloway University of London to discover whether it was indeed a clash of two religious empires.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Oak Apple Day: Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton explains the origins of Oak Apple Day, the day that marks the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. In Fowey in Cornwall listener David Ruffer wants to find out more about the regicide Hugh Peter. Meanwhile in Sweden, listener Peter Henriksson wants to know what happened to foreign treaties during the Long Parliament and the Restoration that followed. Helen speaks to Dr Toby Osborne at the University of Durham.

Much Wenlock: In the week that the Olympic flame is carried through the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, the BBC School Report team help local youngsters research the local man who was a huge influence on the modern games.

The Fall of Constantinople: Tom Holland marks the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in May 1453 by talking to Professor Jonathan Harris at Royal Holloway University of London to discover whether it was indeed a clash of two religious empires.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Oak Apple Day: Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton explains the origins of Oak Apple Day, the day that marks the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. In Fowey in Cornwall listener David Ruffer wants to find out more about the regicide Hugh Peter. Meanwhile in Sweden, listener Peter Henriksson wants to know what happened to foreign treaties during the Long Parliament and the Restoration that followed. Helen speaks to Dr Toby Osborne at the University of Durham.

Much Wenlock: In the week that the Olympic flame is carried through the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, the BBC School Report team help local youngsters research the local man who was a huge influence on the modern games.

The Fall of Constantinople: Tom Holland marks the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in May 1453 by talking to Professor Jonathan Harris at Royal Holloway University of London to discover whether it was indeed a clash of two religious empires.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Oak Apple Day: Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton explains the origins of Oak Apple Day, the day that marks the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. In Fowey in Cornwall listener David Ruffer wants to find out more about the regicide Hugh Peter. Meanwhile in Sweden, listener Peter Henriksson wants to know what happened to foreign treaties during the Long Parliament and the Restoration that followed. Helen speaks to Dr Toby Osborne at the University of Durham.

Much Wenlock: In the week that the Olympic flame is carried through the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, the BBC School Report team help local youngsters research the local man who was a huge influence on the modern games.

The Fall of Constantinople: Tom Holland marks the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in May 1453 by talking to Professor Jonathan Harris at Royal Holloway University of London to discover whether it was indeed a clash of two religious empires.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4."

20120605Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Irish Deserters in the British Army: Making History listener Paddy Reid from County Dublin in the Irish Republic wrote to the programme with the story of his father who, aged 17, deserted from the Irish Army to fight for the British during the Second World War. Having served in India and Burma Paddy's father returned home to Ireland in 1946 and was then effectively barred from employment for the best part of 16 years because many regarded him as a traitor. As the debate about amnesty for these men goes on in Dublin, Tom Holland talks to Paddy and to Professor Brian Girvin who is the Co-Director of the Volunteers Project at University College Cork.

Chalk: Patricia Nash in Basingstoke is working on a project to ensure that every public right of way in Hampshire is marked on a definitive map. Her research has meant that she has looked at hundreds of old maps and she is amazed at the number of chalk workings that are shown. 'What were they for', she asks? Making History's Simon Evans joined archaeologist Dr Matt Pope on the South Downs to find out more.

Richard Cromwell: Den Cartlidge heard our recent programme about the English Civil War and the Long Parliament. He asks why Richard Cromwell's short tenure as Lord Protector is so often ignored? Tom Holland talks to Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol.

Abebe Bikali: Helen Castor talks to the author Simon Martin about the Ethiopian runner whose barefoot victory in the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960 paved the way for the African domination of distance running that we are familiar with today.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Irish Deserters in the British Army: Making History listener Paddy Reid from County Dublin in the Irish Republic wrote to the programme with the story of his father who, aged 17, deserted from the Irish Army to fight for the British during the Second World War. Having served in India and Burma Paddy's father returned home to Ireland in 1946 and was then effectively barred from employment for the best part of 16 years because many regarded him as a traitor. As the debate about amnesty for these men goes on in Dublin, Tom Holland talks to Paddy and to Professor Brian Girvin who is the Co-Director of the Volunteers Project at University College Cork.

Chalk: Patricia Nash in Basingstoke is working on a project to ensure that every public right of way in Hampshire is marked on a definitive map. Her research has meant that she has looked at hundreds of old maps and she is amazed at the number of chalk workings that are shown. 'What were they for', she asks? Making History's Simon Evans joined archaeologist Dr Matt Pope on the South Downs to find out more.

Richard Cromwell: Den Cartlidge heard our recent programme about the English Civil War and the Long Parliament. He asks why Richard Cromwell's short tenure as Lord Protector is so often ignored? Tom Holland talks to Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol.

Abebe Bikali: Helen Castor talks to the author Simon Martin about the Ethiopian runner whose barefoot victory in the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960 paved the way for the African domination of distance running that we are familiar with today.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Irish Deserters in the British Army: Making History listener Paddy Reid from County Dublin in the Irish Republic wrote to the programme with the story of his father who, aged 17, deserted from the Irish Army to fight for the British during the Second World War. Having served in India and Burma Paddy's father returned home to Ireland in 1946 and was then effectively barred from employment for the best part of 16 years because many regarded him as a traitor. As the debate about amnesty for these men goes on in Dublin, Tom Holland talks to Paddy and to Professor Brian Girvin who is the Co-Director of the Volunteers Project at University College Cork.

Chalk: Patricia Nash in Basingstoke is working on a project to ensure that every public right of way in Hampshire is marked on a definitive map. Her research has meant that she has looked at hundreds of old maps and she is amazed at the number of chalk workings that are shown. 'What were they for', she asks? Making History's Simon Evans joined archaeologist Dr Matt Pope on the South Downs to find out more.

Richard Cromwell: Den Cartlidge heard our recent programme about the English Civil War and the Long Parliament. He asks why Richard Cromwell's short tenure as Lord Protector is so often ignored? Tom Holland talks to Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol.

Abebe Bikali: Helen Castor talks to the author Simon Martin about the Ethiopian runner whose barefoot victory in the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960 paved the way for the African domination of distance running that we are familiar with today.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

"Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Irish Deserters in the British Army: Making History listener Paddy Reid from County Dublin in the Irish Republic wrote to the programme with the story of his father who, aged 17, deserted from the Irish Army to fight for the British during the Second World War. Having served in India and Burma Paddy's father returned home to Ireland in 1946 and was then effectively barred from employment for the best part of 16 years because many regarded him as a traitor. As the debate about amnesty for these men goes on in Dublin, Tom Holland talks to Paddy and to Professor Brian Girvin who is the Co-Director of the Volunteers Project at University College Cork.

Chalk: Patricia Nash in Basingstoke is working on a project to ensure that every public right of way in Hampshire is marked on a definitive map. Her research has meant that she has looked at hundreds of old maps and she is amazed at the number of chalk workings that are shown. 'What were they for', she asks? Making History's Simon Evans joined archaeologist Dr Matt Pope on the South Downs to find out more.

Richard Cromwell: Den Cartlidge heard our recent programme about the English Civil War and the Long Parliament. He asks why Richard Cromwell's short tenure as Lord Protector is so often ignored? Tom Holland talks to Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol.

Abebe Bikali: Helen Castor talks to the author Simon Martin about the Ethiopian runner whose barefoot victory in the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960 paved the way for the African domination of distance running that we are familiar with today.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory"

20120612Historian Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Join in by contacting the programme:

20120619
20120626Helen Castor with more listeners questions which help shed new light on the past.

The Klondike Gold Rush: Listener Mike Rouse wants to know more about the Britons who journeyed out west to make their fortune. Helen Castor talks to Professor Marjory Harper from the University of Aberdeen.

Gibbets: A project at the University of Leicester needs Making History listeners to help with a nationwide survey of gibbet sites. Lizz Pearson talks to Professor Sarah Tarlow to find out more.

1409 the year of three Popes: Helen talks to Professor David D'Avray about a moment in the early years of the fifteenth century when there was not one but three Popes.

Aerofilms: Tom Holland at the offices of English Heritage in Swindon discovers more about a unique archive of aerial photographs which stretch back to 1919 and are now available on-line.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

20121023Tom Holland is in the chair for the first in a new series of programmes in which listener's historical and archaeological inquiries are showcased alongside the latest work being carried out in universities, archives and museums across the UK.

Joining Tom in the studio are Dr Lucy Worsley from the Historic Royal Palaces and Professor Owen Davies from the University of Hertfordshire. Helen Castor is in Lancashire to find out how local ghost stories help us understand the way people thought in centuries gone by.

Martin Ellis takes on the invading Normans to find out whether re-enactment is just dressing up or serious historical research and Professor Ronald Hutton takes us to the inspirational medieval castle in Wales that set him on a lifetime's path of making history.

Join in the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is in the chair for the first in a new series of programmes in which listener's historical and archaeological inquiries are showcased alongside the latest work being carried out in universities, archives and museums across the UK.

Joining Tom in the studio are Dr Lucy Worsley from the Historic Royal Palaces and Professor Owen Davies from the University of Hertfordshire. Helen Castor is in Lancashire to find out how local ghost stories help us understand the way people thought in centuries gone by.

Martin Ellis takes on the invading Normans to find out whether re-enactment is just dressing up or serious historical research and Professor Ronald Hutton takes us to the inspirational medieval castle in Wales that set him on a lifetime's path of making history.

Join in the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4."

20121030History magazine programme.
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20130115Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks of this new series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite effect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks of this new series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite effect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks of this new series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite effect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20130122Helen Castor is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20130129Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards; investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect; and finding out why you can't, necessarily, see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards; investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect; and finding out why you can't, necessarily, see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in the next six weeks, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards; investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect; and finding out why you can't, necessarily, see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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20130205Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130212Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this six week series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this six week series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't necessarily see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130219Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor, will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't, necessarily, see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Among the highlights in this series, Tom and his co-presenter Helen Castor, will be asking whether the Renaissance began on the 26th April 1336, probably about tea time... and possibly over a game of cards, investigating how a London conference set up to limit naval fire power in 1930 had the opposite affect, and finding out why you can't, necessarily, see the wood through the trees in a Royal Forest.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

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20130416Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Elaine Chalus, who is Director of the Centre for History and Culture at Bath Spa University and currently involved in researching The Admirals Wife: An Intimate History of Family, Navy and Empire. It draws upon the largely unknown diaries of Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778-1857).

Alongside her is one of Britain's leading historians of the eighteenth century, Professor Jeremy Black from the University of Exeter.

Tom heads to the British Library in London to take a privileged look at a remarkable volume of naval dispatches. Unearthed by naval historian Sam Willis, this beautifully bound book contains first - hand accounts of some of the key sea battles between 1794 and 1805. So why don't we know more about it?

In Warwickshire, archivist Rob Eyre brings us evidence for a unique way of paying for Nelson's navy: a hair-powder tax.

And Helen Castor takes a trip to Watford to meet a Making History listener who can shed new light on the role of toads in pregnancy testing before the DIY kits of today.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Elaine Chalus, who is Director of the Centre for History and Culture at Bath Spa University and currently involved in researching The Admirals Wife: An Intimate History of Family, Navy and Empire. It draws upon the largely unknown diaries of Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778-1857).

Alongside her is one of Britain's leading historians of the eighteenth century, Professor Jeremy Black from the University of Exeter.

Tom heads to the British Library in London to take a privileged look at a remarkable volume of naval dispatches. Unearthed by naval historian Sam Willis, this beautifully bound book contains first - hand accounts of some of the key sea battles between 1794 and 1805. So why don't we know more about it?

In Warwickshire, archivist Rob Eyre brings us evidence for a unique way of paying for Nelson's navy: a hair-powder tax.

And Helen Castor takes a trip to Watford to meet a Making History listener who can shed new light on the role of toads in pregnancy testing before the DIY kits of today.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130423Tom Holland is joined in the studio by Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the University of London.

Martin Ellis is on the border of England and Wales to celebrate an iconic landscape feature which doesn't attract the attention that its history warrants. He asks who Offa was, and what made him build a dyke which has become the physical border between two nations.

Joining Tom from Ireland is Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin where she works on research into women in medieval Gaelic society. Remarkably, she has discovered that married women enjoyed a freedom in the Ireland of the middle ages that their English counterparts never had.

And Helen Castor is out on the cut finding out about the women who joined a scheme to keep the canals going during the Second World War. But has this middle-class history eclipsed a longer working-class one?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the University of London.

Martin Ellis is on the border of England and Wales to celebrate an iconic landscape feature which doesn't attract the attention that its history warrants. He asks who Offa was, and what made him build a dyke which has become the physical border between two nations.

Joining Tom from Ireland is Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin where she works on research into women in medieval Gaelic society. Remarkably, she has discovered that married women enjoyed a freedom in the Ireland of the middle ages that their English counterparts never had.

And Helen Castor is out on the cut finding out about the women who joined a scheme to keep the canals going during the Second World War. But has this middle-class history eclipsed a longer working-class one?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

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20130521History magazine programme.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Dr Catherine Rider from the University of Exeter.

We hear about the conclusion to a four year project which helps us understand just how ordinary people worshipped in the sixteenth century. How did the church maintain its hold over a population that could not read or write and certainly didn't understand Latin?

Burnley may seem an unlikely place in the Lesbian and Gay history of Britain, compared perhaps with more metropolitan areas. However, a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is uncovering some remarkable evidence which shows that East Lancashire was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement in the 1960's and 70's.

And Tom Holland is in the Oxfordshire countryside with a leading classicist and a beekeeper to find out how the Ancient Greeks and Romans would have tackled the decline of the bee population.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Dr Catherine Rider from the University of Exeter.

We hear about the conclusion to a four year project which helps us understand just how ordinary people worshipped in the sixteenth century. How did the church maintain its hold over a population that could not read or write and certainly didn't understand Latin?

Burnley may seem an unlikely place in the Lesbian and Gay history of Britain, compared perhaps with more metropolitan areas. However, a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is uncovering some remarkable evidence which shows that East Lancashire was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement in the 1960's and 70's.

And Tom Holland is in the Oxfordshire countryside with a leading classicist and a beekeeper to find out how the Ancient Greeks and Romans would have tackled the decline of the bee population.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"History magazine programme.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Dr Catherine Rider from the University of Exeter.

We hear about the conclusion to a four year project which helps us understand just how ordinary people worshipped in the sixteenth century. How did the church maintain its hold over a population that could not read or write and certainly didn't understand Latin?

Burnley may seem an unlikely place in the Lesbian and Gay history of Britain, compared perhaps with more metropolitan areas. However, a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is uncovering some remarkable evidence which shows that East Lancashire was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement in the 1960's and 70's.

And Tom Holland is in the Oxfordshire countryside with a leading classicist and a beekeeper to find out how the Ancient Greeks and Romans would have tackled the decline of the bee population.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130820Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by archaeologist Professor Francis Pryor and Arthur MacGregor the author of the much praised history of our relationship with animals, "Animal Encounters".

Tom talks to Professor Lisa Brady from BioseStateUniversity in the USA to find out what we mean by environmental history and why it seems to be more popular across the Atlantic than it is in Europe. Professor Ian Rotherham takes us on a journey into England's lost fens and Helen Castor is in the wetlands of Somerset with Professor Ronald Hutton to hear Making History listener Steve Pole's theories on why religion and landscape made Bridgwater such a rebellious town.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Making-History-Radio-4/149443762242

Making History is produced by Nick Patrick and is a Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by archaeologist Professor Francis Pryor and Arthur MacGregor the author of the much praised history of our relationship with animals, ""Animal Encounters"".

Tom talks to Professor Lisa Brady from BioseStateUniversity in the USA to find out what we mean by environmental history and why it seems to be more popular across the Atlantic than it is in Europe. Professor Ian Rotherham takes us on a journey into England's lost fens and Helen Castor is in the wetlands of Somerset with Professor Ronald Hutton to hear Making History listener Steve Pole's theories on why religion and landscape made Bridgwater such a rebellious town.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Making-History-Radio-4/149443762242

Making History is produced by Nick Patrick and is a Pier Production for BBC Radio 4."

20130827Helen Castor chairs 'Historians' Question Time' from the Chalke Valley History Festival.
20130903Tom Holland is joined by leading historians to discuss the latest historic research and showcase listener's passions that, together, are helping to deliver new insight into our past.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by leading historians to discuss the latest historic research and showcase listener's passions that, together, are helping to deliver new insight into our past.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by leading historians to discuss the latest historic research and showcase listener's passions that, together, are helping to deliver new insight into our past.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by leading historians to discuss the latest historic research and showcase listener's passions that, together, are helping to deliver new insight into our past.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

"Tom Holland is joined by leading historians to discuss the latest historic research and showcase listener's passions that, together, are helping to deliver new insight into our past.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130910Helen Castor is joined in the Making History studio by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and, from Salford, by Dr Andrew Fearnley a historian of Modern America at the University of Manchester.

The programme begins with the little acknowledged role that China played in World War 2 and its war with Japan which began in 1937. We hear how a poor and divided country desperately fought off the Japanese and, in so doing, tied up troops which would otherwise have been turned on the Allies in the Pacific theatre of war. Helen asks why this history is so little known.

Fifty years after Martin Luther King made his iconic "I have a dream speech" speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, we find out about the black power movement that turned its back on King and the organisation that grew out of this. We may think of the Black Panthers as an American organisation, but a new photography and oral history project in Brixton reveals the story of the British Black Panthers.

Finally, Tom Holland heads off to the beautiful north Somerset coast at the village of Kilve to discover the past use of a decaying brick building. To his surprise, he hears that this might well have become home to the British oil shale industry if prospectors had been successful back in the 1920s.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined in the Making History studio by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and, from Salford, by Dr Andrew Fearnley a historian of Modern America at the University of Manchester.

The programme begins with the little acknowledged role that China played in World War 2 and its war with Japan which began in 1937. We hear how a poor and divided country desperately fought off the Japanese and, in so doing, tied up troops which would otherwise have been turned on the Allies in the Pacific theatre of war. Helen asks why this history is so little known.

Fifty years after Martin Luther King made his iconic ""I have a dream speech"" speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, we find out about the black power movement that turned its back on King and the organisation that grew out of this. We may think of the Black Panthers as an American organisation, but a new photography and oral history project in Brixton reveals the story of the British Black Panthers.

Finally, Tom Holland heads off to the beautiful north Somerset coast at the village of Kilve to discover the past use of a decaying brick building. To his surprise, he hears that this might well have become home to the British oil shale industry if prospectors had been successful back in the 1920s.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined in the Making History studio by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and, from Salford, by Dr Andrew Fearnley a historian of Modern America at the University of Manchester.

The programme begins with the little acknowledged role that China played in World War 2 and its war with Japan which began in 1937. We hear how a poor and divided country desperately fought off the Japanese and, in so doing, tied up troops which would otherwise have been turned on the Allies in the Pacific theatre of war. Helen asks why this history is so little known.

Fifty years after Martin Luther King made his iconic ""I have a dream speech"" speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, we find out about the black power movement that turned its back on King and the organisation that grew out of this. We may think of the Black Panthers as an American organisation, but a new photography and oral history project in Brixton reveals the story of the British Black Panthers.

Finally, Tom Holland heads off to the beautiful north Somerset coast at the village of Kilve to discover the past use of a decaying brick building. To his surprise, he hears that this might well have become home to the British oil shale industry if prospectors had been successful back in the 1920s.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

"Helen Castor is joined in the Making History studio by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and, from Salford, by Dr Andrew Fearnley a historian of Modern America at the University of Manchester.

The programme begins with the little acknowledged role that China played in World War 2 and its war with Japan which began in 1937. We hear how a poor and divided country desperately fought off the Japanese and, in so doing, tied up troops which would otherwise have been turned on the Allies in the Pacific theatre of war. Helen asks why this history is so little known.

Fifty years after Martin Luther King made his iconic ""I have a dream speech"" speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, we find out about the black power movement that turned its back on King and the organisation that grew out of this. We may think of the Black Panthers as an American organisation, but a new photography and oral history project in Brixton reveals the story of the British Black Panthers.

Finally, Tom Holland heads off to the beautiful north Somerset coast at the village of Kilve to discover the past use of a decaying brick building. To his surprise, he hears that this might well have become home to the British oil shale industry if prospectors had been successful back in the 1920s.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20130917Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

Today's programme has just a touch of Disney. But we're not at the movies - rather under the English Channel, exploring the role played by Dumbo, Bambi and Pluto in the Allied invasion of France in 1944 and finding out that these pipelines might not have been as successful in delivering fuel after the invasion of France than the history books tell us.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day. Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

We head to Wiltshire to study records from nearly two centuries ago which show that, back then even more than today, the debate about welfare was as much about morality as economics.

And we hear about a new project devoted to the First World War, which could give a whole new meaning to bible studies.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

Today's programme has just a touch of Disney. But we're not at the movies - rather under the English Channel, exploring the role played by Dumbo, Bambi and Pluto in the Allied invasion of France in 1944 and finding out that these pipelines might not have been as successful in delivering fuel after the invasion of France than the history books tell us.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day.Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

We head to Wiltshire to study records from nearly two centuries ago which show that, back then even more than today, the debate about welfare was as much about morality as economics.

And we hear about a new project devoted to the First World War, which could give a whole new meaning to bible studies.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

Today's programme has just a touch of Disney. But we're not at the movies - rather under the English Channel, exploring the role played by Dumbo, Bambi and Pluto in the Allied invasion of France in 1944 and finding out that these pipelines might not have been as successful in delivering fuel after the invasion of France than the history books tell us.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day. Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

We head to Wiltshire to study records from nearly two centuries ago which show that, back then even more than today, the debate about welfare was as much about morality as economics.

And we hear about a new project devoted to the First World War, which could give a whole new meaning to bible studies.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day.Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

"Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

Today's programme has just a touch of Disney. But we're not at the movies - rather under the English Channel, exploring the role played by Dumbo, Bambi and Pluto in the Allied invasion of France in 1944 and finding out that these pipelines might not have been as successful in delivering fuel after the invasion of France than the history books tell us.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day. Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

We head to Wiltshire to study records from nearly two centuries ago which show that, back then even more than today, the debate about welfare was as much about morality as economics.

And we hear about a new project devoted to the First World War, which could give a whole new meaning to bible studies.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

"Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Matt Pope from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and from Luton by Mark Thomas who is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at University College London.

Today's programme has just a touch of Disney. But we're not at the movies - rather under the English Channel, exploring the role played by Dumbo, Bambi and Pluto in the Allied invasion of France in 1944 and finding out that these pipelines might not have been as successful in delivering fuel after the invasion of France than the history books tell us.

We explore the history of milk. It's something that we take for granted but, in fact, the ability to drink milk into adulthood is something that only some 35% of humans possess. Its origins lie in a genetic mutation that first began spreading through Europe some 7,500 years ago. The consequences were far-reaching - Europe's very first revolution. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had dominated the continent since the first arrival of Cro-Magnon man was swept away, and an imprint stamped on diet and population that is still evident to this day.Mark Thomas has recently explored this fusion of genetics and archaeology in Nature Magazine.

We head to Wiltshire to study records from nearly two centuries ago which show that, back then even more than today, the debate about welfare was as much about morality as economics.

And we hear about a new project devoted to the First World War, which could give a whole new meaning to bible studies.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20131231Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Helen Castor is back with a new series of the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Over the next five weeks, historians and archaeologists will be helping us to understand more about the origins of the Welsh language, learn how French royalty escaped revolutionary persecution in Aylesbury, discover why the gloves are off in the nation's archives, and find out how some of our leading early socialists thought that the unemployed could do with a spell in a labour camp.

Today it's science versus history. Tom Holland is on the Wirral to hear a debate that's been rekindled by historian Michael Wood - where is Brunaburh, the site of the Great War of 937? Is it Bromborough near Birkenhead as place-name and DNA evidence might suggest - or should we, as Wood argues, trust the historical sources and look across to the Humber and South Yorkshire?

Also, maritime historian Sam Willis is in Devon to find out how an eighteenth century inventor from Ipswich turned to gambling to finance one of the world's first submarine journeys - to the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140107Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's top researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

This week, Tom is joined by one of the most experienced archaeologists of Viking Britain, Professor Martin Carver from the University of York. Well known for his work at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Martin joins us to talk about his other labour of love - the first monastery of the Picts which he discovered in a remote part of North East Scotland.

Also, Helen Castor finds out why the gloves have finally come off in the UK's archives as experts begin to understand that it's good to touch history.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140114Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Helen Castor and a cast of leading historians, together with listeners, discuss the latest historical research from across the UK. This week - the British work camps that time forgot and the return of the Diggers to a London suburb.

Helen is joined by Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Malcolm Chase from the University of Leeds to shine a light on the ways people of different political persuasions have used land and community to tackle social and economic ills.

Tom Holland visits an occupation at Runnymede, where the name of the seventeenth century Diggers has been taken by protestors closely aligned to the occupy movement. Meanwhile at Carstairs, between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Dr Fiona Watson meets up with Dr John Field from the University of Stirling to look at the site of a 1920's work camp that history has forgotten. Remarkably, it was one of hundreds that were established in Britain from the 1870's through to the Second World War.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140121Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

"Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

"Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

"

"

Tom Holland is joined by the author of Britain Against Napoleon The Organisation of Victory, 1793-1815, Professor Roger Knight and the leader of a new oral history project which is capturing the social and cultural impact of National Service, Dr Matthew Grant from the University of Essex.

Nearly 200 years ago, in April 1814, King Louis XVIII of France left Hartwell House near Aylesbury to reclaim the throne of France after more than twenty years in exile. Seven of these were in England, two at Gosfield Hall in Essex and five at Hartwell. The biographer of Napoleon's Josephine, Dr Kate Williams, went to Hartwell to find out more about Louis in England.

As Louis traipsed around Europe, the Continent was in turmoil. Britain had been humbled just a few years earlier in the War of American Independence so how did she reorganise to fight the French?

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions."

20140128Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

Series that looks at the latest historic research and showcases listeners' passions.

20140624Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Helen Castor and Tom Holland return with the latest research that's Making History.

Today's programme includes what the French really thought about the Allied bombing raids on their cities, why the Spanish still can't face remembering their civil war, and London to Great Yarmouth in around 10 minutes - 200 years ago.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Presenter: Helen Castor

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140701History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

20140708History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

20140715History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

History magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past.

20140722Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Stoyle from the University of Southampton and Dr Hugh Doherty from the University of East Anglia.

Tom Holland is in Spain at the World Championships of the International Medieval Combat Federation in Belmonte where fifteenth century combat is acted out under the blistering sun - but how accurate is this display and what does it tell us about knights of old?

We explore another iconic historic figure, the cavalier - and, in particular, Sir Thomas Lunsford, the so-called 'cannibal cavalier'. Did he 'snack' on body parts as the propaganda of the day might have us believe or had the Roundheads fallen for a Royalist joke?

We cross to Dublin to hear from Professor James Kelly about new work that shows just how many 'unwanted' children might have been kidnapped or trafficked. Professor Kelly believes that this little explored topic might well reveal thousands of individuals who were either transported to America or 'used' by street beggars or petty criminals.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140729Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Hannah Skoda from the University of Oxford and the historian and biographer Dr Kate Williams.

Helen Castor joins Des Newell from Oxford Brookes University at the Peacock Gym in Canning Town, East London, to find out more about his work on eighteenth century street-fighting. In the age of the duel, what many might see as random, working-class violence was actually played out under a code of honour and was hugely important in the policing of communities before the formation of the Metropolitan Police Force.

We preview one of the big cultural events of the autumn, the British Library's celebration of the rise of Gothic literature. The exhibition is called Terror and Wonder and ties in with the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. But what was it about the 1760's that gave rise to such a powerful and enduring literary genre?

Fiona Watson reports from the Scottish Highlands on why one particular district, Lochaber, was so plagued by bandits between the 15th and 18th centuries. She's joined by Professor Allan McInnes from the University of Strathclyde who explains that the social, cultural and economic make-up of this area - as well as its geography made - for prime cattle-rustling territory.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140805Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London who has recently been elected President of the Historical Association.

Helen Castor visits the National Gallery to look at the beautiful 14th century Wilton Diptych, one of two pairings featuring King Richard II. Helen is joined by Curator Susan Foister and Dr Jenny Stratford to explore whether a monarch under pressure and in need of a strong, kingly image, gave rise to our earliest examples of royal portrait.

On the day that Scottish Higher results are published (and a little more than a week before A Levels) we hear from academics at Edgehill University and the University of Roehampton who are working on using social media and on-line activities to help bridge the gap between studying history at school and university.

Down on the Solent, Dr Sam Willis meets up with members of Subterranea Brtiannica who are celebrating 40 years of exploring underground history with a visit to a Palmerston Fort near Portsmouth.

Contact the programme by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk, or writing to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20140812Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

"Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

"Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

"

"

Making History Programme Description Tuesday12th August

Helen Castor chairs Historian's Question Time at the Chalke Valley History Festival, the now annual event in which Making History listeners can quiz a panel of leading historians, writers and journalists. This year the questions range from the importance of anniversaries to the validity of studying the history of sport, theatre and even gardening.

Joining Helen is the sixteenth century specialist Dr Suzannah Lipscombe; the Professor of International History David Reynolds; the historian of gardening and science Dr Andrea Wulf; and one of our leading foreign correspondents the presenter of Channel 4 News' Jon Snow.

Contact the programme -

Email making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Find us on Facebook.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme in which listeners join with some of the world's leading researchers to discuss the latest work that is Making History.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk"

20150203Tom and Helen Castor are back with the programme which shares listener's passion for the past.

This week, Tom is joined by two of our leading historians/biographers - Jenny Uglow and Andrew Roberts. Dr Kate Williams takes a trip to out of season Torquay to re-live the mad summer days when the Emperor Napoleon came to town and Helen Castor discusses a new series of books which deliver a concise and opinionated history of English kings and queens.

Over the next eight weeks, the team will be criss-crossing the United Kingdom and going further afield to discover more about the stories that are really making history - including looking out for missing pre-Raphaelite paintings in Birmingham, asking whether local government cut-backs are leaving our historic landscape unprotected, learning how heritage is helping build new futures in Stoke-On-Trent and visiting the scene of an early aviators' tragic crash-landing some 300 years ago.

You can contribute news and views by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom and Helen Castor are back with the programme which shares listener's passion for the past.

This week, Tom is joined by two of our leading historians/biographers - Jenny Uglow and Andrew Roberts. Dr Kate Williams takes a trip to out of season Torquay to re-live the mad summer days when the Emperor Napoleon came to town and Helen Castor discusses a new series of books which deliver a concise and opinionated history of English kings and queens.

Over the next eight weeks, the team will be criss-crossing the United Kingdom and going further afield to discover more about the stories that are really making history - including looking out for missing pre-Raphaelite paintings in Birmingham, asking whether local government cut-backs are leaving our historic landscape unprotected, learning how heritage is helping build new futures in Stoke-On-Trent and visiting the scene of an early aviators' tragic crash-landing some 300 years ago.

You can contribute news and views by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom and Helen Castor are back with the programme which shares listener's passion for the past.

This week, Tom is joined by two of our leading historians/biographers - Jenny Uglow and Andrew Roberts. Dr Kate Williams takes a trip to out of season Torquay to re-live the mad summer days when the Emperor Napoleon came to town and Helen Castor discusses a new series of books which deliver a concise and opinionated history of English kings and queens.

Over the next eight weeks, the team will be criss-crossing the United Kingdom and going further afield to discover more about the stories that are really making history - including looking out for missing pre-Raphaelite paintings in Birmingham, asking whether local government cut-backs are leaving our historic landscape unprotected, learning how heritage is helping build new futures in Stoke-On-Trent and visiting the scene of an early aviators' tragic crash-landing some 300 years ago.

You can contribute news and views by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20150210Seventy years on from dramatic and deadly Allied air attacks, Tom Holland visits Dresden in the east of Germany. He finds out how the city has dealt with this history, why it continues to concern us and how different regimes have used it.

In the studio, Helen Castor and her guests - Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) and Dr Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick) - discuss the horror of those nights in February 1945 and how they compared with bombing raids on other European cities such as London, Coventry and Hamburg.

Back in England, Martin Ellis visits Stoke-On-Trent to find out whether history and heritage can replace garden festivals to become a major factor in the social and economic rejuvenation of the Potteries.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

Seventy years on from dramatic and deadly Allied air attacks, Tom Holland visits Dresden in the east of Germany. He finds out how the city has dealt with this history, why it continues to concern us and how different regimes have used it.

In the studio, Helen Castor and her guests - Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) and Dr Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick) - discuss the horror of those nights in February 1945 and how they compared with bombing raids on other European cities such as London, Coventry and Hamburg.

Back in England, Martin Ellis visits Stoke-On-Trent to find out whether history and heritage can replace garden festivals to become a major factor in the social and economic rejuvenation of the Potteries.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"Seventy years on from dramatic and deadly Allied air attacks, Tom Holland visits Dresden in the east of Germany. He finds out how the city has dealt with this history, why it continues to concern us and how different regimes have used it.

In the studio, Helen Castor and her guests - Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) and Dr Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick) - discuss the horror of those nights in February 1945 and how they compared with bombing raids on other European cities such as London, Coventry and Hamburg.

Back in England, Martin Ellis visits Stoke-On-Trent to find out whether history and heritage can replace garden festivals to become a major factor in the social and economic rejuvenation of the Potteries.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"Seventy years on from dramatic and deadly Allied air attacks, Tom Holland visits Dresden in the east of Germany. He finds out how the city has dealt with this history, why it continues to concern us and how different regimes have used it.

In the studio, Helen Castor and her guests - Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) and Dr Anna Hajkova (University of Warwick) - discuss the horror of those nights in February 1945 and how they compared with bombing raids on other European cities such as London, Coventry and Hamburg.

Back in England, Martin Ellis visits Stoke-On-Trent to find out whether history and heritage can replace garden festivals to become a major factor in the social and economic rejuvenation of the Potteries.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"

20150217Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4.

"

"

Tom Holland and Helen Castor present the programme that shares listeners' passion for the past.

This week, Dr Matt Pope visits Oswestry to hear how local people are fighting the possibility of 117 houses being built close to one of our most important iron-age hillforts.

Contact the programme by email: making.history@bbc.co.uk - or write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio4."

20150224Helen Castor hosts the programme in which history and historians meet.

This week, Tom Holland is hot on the trail of missing frescoes which shed light on Birmingham's artistic heritage and its place at the centre of civic politics before the First World War, and Dr Sam Willis heads for Shrewsbury to explore the history of our 18th century flying men.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor hosts the programme in which history and historians meet.

This week, Tom Holland is hot on the trail of missing frescoes which shed light on Birmingham's artistic heritage and its place at the centre of civic politics before the First World War, and Dr Sam Willis heads for Shrewsbury to explore the history of our 18th century flying men.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor hosts the programme in which history and historians meet.

This week, Tom Holland is hot on the trail of missing frescoes which shed light on Birmingham's artistic heritage and its place at the centre of civic politics before the First World War, and Dr Sam Willis heads for Shrewsbury to explore the history of our 18th century flying men.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor hosts the programme in which history and historians meet.

This week, Tom Holland is hot on the trail of missing frescoes which shed light on Birmingham's artistic heritage and its place at the centre of civic politics before the First World War, and Dr Sam Willis heads for Shrewsbury to explore the history of our 18th century flying men.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Helen Castor hosts the programme in which history and historians meet.

This week, Tom Holland is hot on the trail of missing frescoes which shed light on Birmingham's artistic heritage and its place at the centre of civic politics before the First World War, and Dr Sam Willis heads for Shrewsbury to explore the history of our 18th century flying men.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20150303History magazine programme.

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History magazine programme.

20150707How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

How can history inform the debate about Britain's relationship with Europe? Tom Holland and guests look to Caruasius, Aethelwold, Henry II and Historians for Britain for valuable pointers.

Tom is joined in the studio by Professor David Abulafia from the University of Cambridge and Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway University of London.

David Abulafia leads a new pressure group of historians, called Historians for Britain, who believe that the UK is better out of the EU. Justin Champion, on the other hand, is part of a loose coalition of historians called Historians for History who argue that Britain's history is a European one. But, how can history help inform the forthcoming referendum?

In the 3rd Century a leading military man, Carausius, led a break with Europe - the Roman Empire in this case - when he made himself Emperor of Britain. Was this a UKIP-styled revolt or just a simpler way of gaining power while still following Roman ideals? Tom talks to Roman historian Guy de la Bedoyere.

And, in Suffolk, Helen Castor visits the magnificent castle at Orford to hear from the most recent biographer of Henry II, Richard Barber, about how Europe was at the heart of his domestic problems.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Produced by Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20150714Popular history series. Helen Castor and guests discuss the latest research.

Popular history series. Helen Castor and guests discuss the latest research.

Popular history series. Helen Castor and guests discuss the latest research.

20150721Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Tom Holland is joined by Andrea Wulf and Dr Paul Warde for an environmental Making History.

Helen Castor meets up with Professor Tom Williamson in south Norfolk to hear how our understanding of what makes a wood 'ancient' is changing - and why it matters.

Conservationist Graham White is in Dunbar, the home of John Muir - the father of American conservation.

Paul Warde discusses his work on the history of sustainability and Andrea Wulf previews her up-comming biography of Alexander von Humboldt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20150728Popular history series.

Popular history series.

Popular history series.

20150804Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre.

"

"

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Francis Young and Dr Charles Insley to discuss Aethelwold's rebellion, the cult of Saint Edmund and how Catholic martyrs turned execution into theatre."

20150811
20150818Tom Holland is joined in the studio by the historical consultant for Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

Helen Castor is on the South Downs with geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead who has been researching responses to the housing crisis of the 1920s. Close to Brighton, he has discovered an informal settlement - one that was maybe once described as a 'shanty-town', but was built by the aspirational middle-classes who could find £10 to buy a plot of land. Dr Adrian Green from the University of Durham explains that these communities, built on what geographers describe as marginal or non-productive land, were commonplace right the way back to the middle ages when people would move to be closer to work.

Professor Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University is in Warrington, where she highlights the role of the town's dissenting academy - and the work of Joseph Priestley in particular - in promoting the teaching of science to a community of scholars that were barred from Oxford and Cambridge because of their radical religious beliefs and who, she argues, were the intellectual driving force of the industrial revolution.

Tom Holland visits Sheffield to talk to research student Dr Hannah Probert about the significance of facial hair in Roman times.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined in the studio by the historical consultant for Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

Helen Castor is on the South Downs with geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead who has been researching responses to the housing crisis of the 1920s. Close to Brighton, he has discovered an informal settlement - one that was maybe once described as a 'shanty-town', but was built by the aspirational middle-classes who could find £10 to buy a plot of land. Dr Adrian Green from the University of Durham explains that these communities, built on what geographers describe as marginal or non-productive land, were commonplace right the way back to the middle ages when people would move to be closer to work.

Professor Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University is in Warrington, where she highlights the role of the town's dissenting academy - and the work of Joseph Priestley in particular - in promoting the teaching of science to a community of scholars that were barred from Oxford and Cambridge because of their radical religious beliefs and who, she argues, were the intellectual driving force of the industrial revolution.

Tom Holland visits Sheffield to talk to research student Dr Hannah Probert about the significance of facial hair in Roman times.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by the historical consultant for Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

Helen Castor is on the South Downs with geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead who has been researching responses to the housing crisis of the 1920s. Close to Brighton, he has discovered an informal settlement - one that was maybe once described as a 'shanty-town', but was built by the aspirational middle-classes who could find £10 to buy a plot of land. Dr Adrian Green from the University of Durham explains that these communities, built on what geographers describe as marginal or non-productive land, were commonplace right the way back to the middle ages when people would move to be closer to work.

Professor Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University is in Warrington, where she highlights the role of the town's dissenting academy - and the work of Joseph Priestley in particular - in promoting the teaching of science to a community of scholars that were barred from Oxford and Cambridge because of their radical religious beliefs and who, she argues, were the intellectual driving force of the industrial revolution.

Tom Holland visits Sheffield to talk to research student Dr Hannah Probert about the significance of facial hair in Roman times.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by the historical consultant for Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

Helen Castor is on the South Downs with geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead who has been researching responses to the housing crisis of the 1920s. Close to Brighton, he has discovered an informal settlement - one that was maybe once described as a 'shanty-town', but was built by the aspirational middle-classes who could find £10 to buy a plot of land. Dr Adrian Green from the University of Durham explains that these communities, built on what geographers describe as marginal or non-productive land, were commonplace right the way back to the middle ages when people would move to be closer to work.

Professor Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University is in Warrington, where she highlights the role of the town's dissenting academy - and the work of Joseph Priestley in particular - in promoting the teaching of science to a community of scholars that were barred from Oxford and Cambridge because of their radical religious beliefs and who, she argues, were the intellectual driving force of the industrial revolution.

Tom Holland visits Sheffield to talk to research student Dr Hannah Probert about the significance of facial hair in Roman times.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Tom Holland is joined in the studio by the historical consultant for Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

Helen Castor is on the South Downs with geographer Dr Geoffrey Mead who has been researching responses to the housing crisis of the 1920s. Close to Brighton, he has discovered an informal settlement - one that was maybe once described as a 'shanty-town', but was built by the aspirational middle-classes who could find £10 to buy a plot of land. Dr Adrian Green from the University of Durham explains that these communities, built on what geographers describe as marginal or non-productive land, were commonplace right the way back to the middle ages when people would move to be closer to work.

Professor Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University is in Warrington, where she highlights the role of the town's dissenting academy - and the work of Joseph Priestley in particular - in promoting the teaching of science to a community of scholars that were barred from Oxford and Cambridge because of their radical religious beliefs and who, she argues, were the intellectual driving force of the industrial revolution.

Tom Holland visits Sheffield to talk to research student Dr Hannah Probert about the significance of facial hair in Roman times.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20150825Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Claire Tomalin, Jessie Childs, Dan Jones and Justin Champion join Helen Castor for a Historians' Question Time from the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20160216A date with Dan Snow, mummies in Wiltshire, and why the Cold War is hotting up.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160216Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"

Helen Castor takes the chair for the programme which showcases new historical research and the people doing it.

Today, Tom Holland is on the Dorset/Wiltshire border where a farmer has dug up a Bronze Age body. Remarkably, as Dr Tom Booth from the University of Sheffield explains, this is far from unique. Indeed, just when the Pharaohs were building the pyramids to house them forever, Bronze Age Britons were busy mummifying their dead too.

With Bridge of Spies and now Deutschland '83, Helen Castor finds out why the Cold War has become such a hot topic with historians as well as TV viewers.

And Dan Snow takes us back to the year when the British Museum opened its doors for the first time, Wedgwood started production, Kew Gardens was founded and Britain swept almost everyone away on battlefields and seas across the globe. Is 1759 the most important date in history?

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20160301The latest historical and archaeological research.

The latest historical and archaeological research.

20160301The latest historical and archaeological research.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160308
20160308How sex trafficking and moral panic led to the start of the Women's Police Service in 1914

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160322Terraced houses, the fame of the Flying Scotsman, and why Easter is a moveable feast.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160322Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Nick Beech from Queen Mary University of London and Professor Emma Griffin from the University of East Anglia.

We're in Toxteth, Liverpool, to find out more about the history of the terraced house.

Christian Wolmar joins us from King's Cross railway station where he asks whether the Flying Scotsman deserves to be so famous.

And we explore the history of Easter with the Bishop of Norwich who explains why it moves around the calendar.

Helen Castor catches up with Dr Oleg Benesch at the University of York who argues that the Samurai of the nineteenth century borrowed heavily from the Victorian notion of chivalry.

Finally, the author Jenny Uglow shares with us her favourite year - 1798.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160329Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen is joined in the studio by BBC New Generation Thinker Danielle Thom from the V&A in London and Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Tom Charlton uncovers some surprising evidence that the original Darby and Joan were 17th Century radical pamphleteers. He heads to the first Darby and Joan club, which was opened in 1942 in Streatham, South London, and talks to Professor Ted Vallance at the University of Roehampton.

Maurice Casey joins us from Cambridge to discuss new evidence that Bolsheviks visited the scene of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 to find out more about the Republicans' tactics.

Tom Holland is in Oxford to ask why there are memorials to Nazis in some of the colleges.

And Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the oil crisis of 1973, which he feels is a pivotal year in history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160329Nazi memorials, the real Darby and Joan, and the story of the Bolsheviks in Dublin 1916.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160802Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160802In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

"In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

"In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

"

"In the first in a new series of the topical history programme Helen Castor is joined by the historian of women in medieval Ireland, Dr Gillian Kenny and Dr Jennifer Redmond who lectures in Twentieth Century Irish History and is President of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Tom Holland is in Northern Ireland, close to to the border with the Republic near Enniskillen. There are no customs officials or soldiers these days but will Brexit change that? Tom meets the historian Seamas McCannay and geographer Bryonie Reid to ask whether the 95 year-old history of a border between North and South can help us understand what the future for Britain's only physical connection with Europe might be.

Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University heads to Liverpool on the lookout for Bosom Caressers, Corpse Revivers and a real Eye Opener. These are all cocktails, described in a Victorian song which Bob has discovered in his research and which has led him to question our perception of the Victorian middle class as abstemious and upright citizens. He spends an afternoon drinking to further his historical research.

There won't be a dry eye in the house as we consider a relatively new sphere of historical endeavour - the history of emotions. Dr Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary University of London kicks off a short series by considering the history of crying and, in particular, the history of men crying.

And which character from the past do you feel that history has forgotten? We ask historians, writers and those in the public eye to suggest the overlooked individuals who really should be on the People's Plinth. Sue MacGregor suggests Ellen Kuzwayo, women's rights activist and president of the African National Congress Youth League.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor and guests with a new series of the topical history programme.

"

20160809Tom Holland and guests with the history that matters to us today.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160809Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Tom Holland considers historical revelations with a resonance today. He's joined by two archaeologists - Professor Carenza Lewis from the University of Lincoln and David Miles, the former Director of Archaeology and Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage.

As combine harvesters tear into Britain's corn crops, David Miles takes us back to the birth of farming and the transformational period that was the Neolithic.

Iszi Lawrence changes into her running gear to recreate the Battle of Marathon - in Salford. Can historians and sports' scientists work together to solve a mystery surrounding this famous victory of the Greeks over the Persians which continues to puzzle historians?

Think British steel and its places such as Middlesborough, Sheffield and Port Talbot that come to mind. So why is Helen Castor in Clerkenwell? Professors Chris Evans and David Green give her a guided tour of one of Britain's earliest and most important centres of steel production.

And Professor Simon Schaffer at the University of Cambridge tells us why the Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted should really be on the People's Plinth.

Producer Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20160816Helen Castor discusses Brighton's latest seaside attraction and its links to the past.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160816Helen Castor is joined by the architectural writer and cultural commentator Travis Elborough and garden historian Deborah Trentham.

Tom Holland takes a ride on Brighton's new attraction, the British Airways i360, and is joined at 450 feet by Professor Fred Gray to gain new insight into the history of seaside attractions. Surprisingly, the new doughnut on a stick (as locals are describing it), offers similar experiences and challenges to those of the West Pier which opened 150 years ago.

In Norfolk, Radio 4's organic gardening legend Bob Flowerdew gets to grips with a character who, on the face of it, is his horticultural opposite. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born 300 years ago and Bob visits one of his masterpieces - Kimberley Hall - to ask landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson where the neatness and order of the English country house came from and what it was supposed to do for those who lived with it.

We continue our series of forgotten history heroes as food writer William Sitwell nominates the man who became famous for his pie but who also kept Britain fed during World War 2 - Lord Fred Woolton

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by the architectural writer and cultural commentator Travis Elborough and garden historian Deborah Trentham.

Tom Holland takes a ride on Brighton's new attraction, the British Airways i360, and is joined at 450 feet by Professor Fred Gray to gain new insight into the history of seaside attractions. Surprisingly, the new doughnut on a stick (as locals are describing it), offers similar experiences and challenges to those of the West Pier which opened 150 years ago.

In Norfolk, Radio 4's organic gardening legend Bob Flowerdew gets to grips with a character who, on the face of it, is his horticultural opposite. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born 300 years ago and Bob visits one of his masterpieces - Kimberley Hall - to ask landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson where the neatness and order of the English country house came from and what it was supposed to do for those who lived with it.

We continue our series of forgotten history heroes as food writer William Sitwell nominates the man who became famous for his pie but who also kept Britain fed during World War 2 - Lord Fred Woolton

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by the architectural writer and cultural commentator Travis Elborough and garden historian Deborah Trentham.

Tom Holland takes a ride on Brighton's new attraction, the British Airways i360, and is joined at 450 feet by Professor Fred Gray to gain new insight into the history of seaside attractions. Surprisingly, the new doughnut on a stick (as locals are describing it), offers similar experiences and challenges to those of the West Pier which opened 150 years ago.

In Norfolk, Radio 4's organic gardening legend Bob Flowerdew gets to grips with a character who, on the face of it, is his horticultural opposite. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born 300 years ago and Bob visits one of his masterpieces - Kimberley Hall - to ask landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson where the neatness and order of the English country house came from and what it was supposed to do for those who lived with it.

We continue our series of forgotten history heroes as food writer William Sitwell nominates the man who became famous for his pie but who also kept Britain fed during World War 2 - Lord Fred Woolton

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by the architectural writer and cultural commentator Travis Elborough and garden historian Deborah Trentham.

Tom Holland takes a ride on Brighton's new attraction, the British Airways i360, and is joined at 450 feet by Professor Fred Gray to gain new insight into the history of seaside attractions. Surprisingly, the new doughnut on a stick (as locals are describing it), offers similar experiences and challenges to those of the West Pier which opened 150 years ago.

In Norfolk, Radio 4's organic gardening legend Bob Flowerdew gets to grips with a character who, on the face of it, is his horticultural opposite. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born 300 years ago and Bob visits one of his masterpieces - Kimberley Hall - to ask landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson where the neatness and order of the English country house came from and what it was supposed to do for those who lived with it.

We continue our series of forgotten history heroes as food writer William Sitwell nominates the man who became famous for his pie but who also kept Britain fed during World War 2 - Lord Fred Woolton

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Helen Castor is joined by the architectural writer and cultural commentator Travis Elborough and garden historian Deborah Trentham.

Tom Holland takes a ride on Brighton's new attraction, the British Airways i360, and is joined at 450 feet by Professor Fred Gray to gain new insight into the history of seaside attractions. Surprisingly, the new doughnut on a stick (as locals are describing it), offers similar experiences and challenges to those of the West Pier which opened 150 years ago.

In Norfolk, Radio 4's organic gardening legend Bob Flowerdew gets to grips with a character who, on the face of it, is his horticultural opposite. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was born 300 years ago and Bob visits one of his masterpieces - Kimberley Hall - to ask landscape historian Professor Tom Williamson where the neatness and order of the English country house came from and what it was supposed to do for those who lived with it.

We continue our series of forgotten history heroes as food writer William Sitwell nominates the man who became famous for his pie but who also kept Britain fed during World War 2 - Lord Fred Woolton

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

20160823Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex to consider jazz in the trenches, woad and the women behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

Helen Castor meets Dr Michael Hammond, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, to hear about Blues in the Trenches. Dr Hammond argues that 'the blues' as a musical tradition was brought to the trenches of the Great War by African-American soldiers from all parts of the US and they shared different performance styles and traditions - creating cross-pollinations that foreshadow the country blues recordings of the 1920s and 30s by Charley Patton, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Geechie Wiley, Ma Rainey, Elvey Thomas, Blind Willie Johnson and notable others.

Closer to home, on the banks of the River Thames, Iszi Lawrence traces the origins of today's craze for tattoos and body art back to the Celts, when she learns to make woad.

On the eve of the Notting Hill Carnival, comic Ava Vidal nominates the activist, feminist, socialist and founder of the Carnival Claudia Jones for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex to consider jazz in the trenches, woad and the women behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

Helen Castor meets Dr Michael Hammond, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, to hear about Blues in the Trenches. Dr Hammond argues that 'the blues' as a musical tradition was brought to the trenches of the Great War by African-American soldiers from all parts of the US and they shared different performance styles and traditions - creating cross-pollinations that foreshadow the country blues recordings of the 1920s and 30s by Charley Patton, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Geechie Wiley, Ma Rainey, Elvey Thomas, Blind Willie Johnson and notable others.

Closer to home, on the banks of the River Thames, Iszi Lawrence traces the origins of today's craze for tattoos and body art back to the Celts, when she learns to make woad.

On the eve of the Notting Hill Carnival, comic Ava Vidal nominates the activist, feminist, socialist and founder of the Carnival Claudia Jones for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex to consider jazz in the trenches, woad and the women behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

Helen Castor meets Dr Michael Hammond, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, to hear about Blues in the Trenches. Dr Hammond argues that 'the blues' as a musical tradition was brought to the trenches of the Great War by African-American soldiers from all parts of the US and they shared different performance styles and traditions - creating cross-pollinations that foreshadow the country blues recordings of the 1920s and 30s by Charley Patton, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Geechie Wiley, Ma Rainey, Elvey Thomas, Blind Willie Johnson and notable others.

Closer to home, on the banks of the River Thames, Iszi Lawrence traces the origins of today's craze for tattoos and body art back to the Celts, when she learns to make woad.

On the eve of the Notting Hill Carnival, comic Ava Vidal nominates the activist, feminist, socialist and founder of the Carnival Claudia Jones for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160830Helen Castor considers if Wren could have helped destroy St Paul's Cathedral.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160830Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton and Dr Alex Woolf from the University of St Andrews.

On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, Dr Tom Charlton heads to St Paul's to learn how preparatory work by Sir Christopher Wren and the storage of printers manuscripts fuelled the inferno. Afterwards, the building lay in ruins and accusations flew freely - many suspecting the destruction of the historic church was the work of Catholics. After an outbreak of the plague and war with the Dutch, these were difficult times for Charles II and the restored monarchy.

Tom Holland visits Glasgow where archaeologists are working on the newly discovered ruins of what they believe to be a twelfth century bishop's palace. The find is shedding more light on the history of the kingdom of Strathclyde, which stretched from the Clyde into modern Cumbria and played a part in fighting Athelstan's attempts to bring all of Britain under his rule in the tenth century. The English king of Wessex and Mercia won the battle against the Scottish kingdoms but was only successful in creating what we now know as England. Alex Woolf explains how long it took for Scotland to become a political entity.

Also, Al Murray nominates Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery for the Making History plinth and Tiffany Watt Smith unpacks the history of anger.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160906Tom Holland and guests discuss the stories that are Making History.

Helen Castor is joined by Stephen Chalke and former Sussex cricket captain John Barclay to discuss the origins and rather odd structure of English (and Welsh) county cricket.

Iszi Lawrence heads to North Yorkshire to hear a story of divorce and betrayal from the 1st century and the forgotten queen who was central to both.

And the former head of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, takes us to South America to remind us of the achievements of the nineteenth century scientist and explorer Johann Baptist von Spix.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland and guests discuss the stories that are Making History.

Helen Castor is joined by Stephen Chalke and former Sussex cricket captain John Barclay to discuss the origins and rather odd structure of English (and Welsh) county cricket.

Iszi Lawrence heads to North Yorkshire to hear a story of divorce and betrayal from the 1st century and the forgotten queen who was central to both.

And the former head of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, takes us to South America to remind us of the achievements of the nineteenth century scientist and explorer Johann Baptist von Spix.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland and guests discuss the stories that are Making History.

Helen Castor is joined by Stephen Chalke and former Sussex cricket captain John Barclay to discuss the origins and rather odd structure of English (and Welsh) county cricket.

Iszi Lawrence heads to North Yorkshire to hear a story of divorce and betrayal from the 1st century and the forgotten queen who was central to both.

And the former head of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, takes us to South America to remind us of the achievements of the nineteenth century scientist and explorer Johann Baptist von Spix.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160906Tom Holland discusses divorce and betrayal in 1st-century Yorkshire.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160913Tom Holland discusses revolution, fire and a secret war.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160913Tom Holland is joined by Rebecca Rideal and Dr Tom Lorman to discuss armed revolt, fire and a secret war.

Helen Castor meets up with a witness to the Hungarian Revolution of sixty-years ago and we discuss the changing attitudes to refugees.

In London, Dr Tom Charlton is joined by Professor Vanessa Harding and Professor Justin Champion in what became the 17th century equivalent of the Calais 'jungle' - a refugee camp created by the Great Fire of 1666 which was occupied for years.

And Lord Paddy Ashdown makes the case for a forgotten hero to be remembered on the Making History plinth - the wartime SOE's Roger Landes.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland is joined by Rebecca Rideal and Dr Tom Lorman to discuss armed revolt, fire and a secret war.

Helen Castor meets up with a witness to the Hungarian Revolution of sixty-years ago and we discuss the changing attitudes to refugees.

In London, Dr Tom Charlton is joined by Professor Vanessa Harding and Professor Justin Champion in what became the 17th century equivalent of the Calais 'jungle' - a refugee camp created by the Great Fire of 1666 which was occupied for years.

And Lord Paddy Ashdown makes the case for a forgotten hero to be remembered on the Making History plinth - the wartime SOE's Roger Landes.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland is joined by Rebecca Rideal and Dr Tom Lorman to discuss armed revolt, fire and a secret war.

Helen Castor meets up with a witness to the Hungarian Revolution of sixty-years ago and we discuss the changing attitudes to refugees.

In London, Dr Tom Charlton is joined by Professor Vanessa Harding and Professor Justin Champion in what became the 17th century equivalent of the Calais 'jungle' - a refugee camp created by the Great Fire of 1666 which was occupied for years.

And Lord Paddy Ashdown makes the case for a forgotten hero to be remembered on the Making History plinth - the wartime SOE's Roger Landes.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20160920Helen Castor and guests discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

20160920Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Helen Castor is joined by Professor Mark Bailey from the University of East Anglia and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to discuss the Black Death and Victorian tabloids.

Tom Holland is in Lincolnshire where Professor Carenza Lewis explains why pottery is telling us so much more about the Black Death. Her new research, working with volunteers across East Anglia, shows the pan-European epidemic of the mid-fourteenth century had an 'eye-watering impact' with communities losing up to 70% of their population.

Dr Bob Nicholson and former newspaper editor Roy Greenslade leaf through the pages of one of the most scurrilous tabloid publications ever, the tamely titled Illustrated Police News.

And we invite listeners to suggest characters from the past for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

20190101"

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating and multi-faceted aspects of history.

The new series of this long-running programme focuses on lines - historical and historic lines and routes that may be physical or conceptual and that criss-cross our geographical and cultural landscape. It looks at why and how they came about and discusses what they offer us in our understanding of our past and present.

Programme 1. The Prime Meridian - the journey from Stonehenge to Jazz
As it's New Year's Day, it seems the perfect opportunity to explore the history of the Prime Meridian at Greenwich and our relationship with Time. We start at Stonehenge and finish at the National Jazz Archive, located on the meridian at Loughton in Essex. Along the way, Tom and Iszi take in the Romans, French-Anglo rivalry and which animals can hear a beat.

Tom Holland is a writer and historian who has written a number of popular and successful works including Dynasty and Rubicon.

Iszi Lawrence is a comedian and broadcaster who's appeared on Making History as a guest but is now the new co-presenter.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating aspects of history.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present."

"

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating and multi-faceted aspects of history.

The new series of this long-running programme focuses on lines - historical and historic lines and routes that may be physical or conceptual and that criss-cross our geographical and cultural landscape. It looks at why and how they came about and discusses what they offer us in our understanding of our past and present.

Programme 1. The Prime Meridian - the journey from Stonehenge to Jazz
As it's New Year's Day, it seems the perfect opportunity to explore the history of the Prime Meridian at Greenwich and our relationship with Time. We start at Stonehenge and finish at the National Jazz Archive, located on the meridian at Loughton in Essex. Along the way, Tom and Iszi take in the Romans, French-Anglo rivalry and which animals can hear a beat.

Tom Holland is a writer and historian who has written a number of popular and successful works including Dynasty and Rubicon.

Iszi Lawrence is a comedian and broadcaster who's appeared on Making History as a guest but is now the new co-presenter.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating aspects of history.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present."

20190101Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating and multi-faceted aspects of history.

The new series of this long-running programme focuses on lines - historical and historic lines and routes that may be physical or conceptual and that criss-cross our geographical and cultural landscape. It looks at why and how they came about and discusses what they offer us in our understanding of our past and present.

Programme 1. The Prime Meridian - the journey from Stonehenge to Jazz
As it's New Year's Day, it seems the perfect opportunity to explore the history of the Prime Meridian at Greenwich and our relationship with Time. We start at Stonehenge and finish at the National Jazz Archive, located on the meridian at Loughton in Essex. Along the way, Tom and Iszi take in the Romans, French-Anglo rivalry and which animals can hear a beat.

Tom Holland is a writer and historian who has written a number of popular and successful works including Dynasty and Rubicon.

Iszi Lawrence is a comedian and broadcaster who's appeared on Making History as a guest but is now the new co-presenter.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence consider fascinating aspects of history.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

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20190115Popular history series where the past connects with the present.
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20200107Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

After the feast of the festive season comes the pain of the January fast. Well, to help us better understand our relationship with the food we eat, Making History goes on the spice trail with historians Roger Michel and Matthew Cobb. Curator Victoria Avery tells us why pineapples were all the rage in Elizabethan times and Dominic Sandbrook offers up a potted history of fast food in the UK - with a side of fries and a banana milkshake.

Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 - 1800 at the Fitzwilliam Museum runs until 26th April.

Producer: Craig Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

20200114Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues.

As fascination with genealogy and our own family history has become almost a national obsession, this week's programme looks at the historical aspects of what makes up a family and how attitudes to incestuous relationships have shifted over time and throughout cultures. From Ancient Egypt to the nuclear family, from the Victorians and the National Vigilance Association to Jacobean literature, how has incest been defined, discussed, outlawed and - occasionally - even encouraged?

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

20200121Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines.

As the first electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Vancouver, Tom and Iszi look at the lengths people have gone to over the past millennium to reach for the skies.

Tom goes to the spot where Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk, made one of the earliest attempts at flight in the British Isles. Inspired by the Greek fable of Daedalus, he strapped wings to his hands and feet and jumped from the abbey tower. He broke both his legs.

And Iszi visits the Science Museum to find out about the first woman in space. At the age of 26, Valentina Tereshkova, orbited the earth 48 times over 3 days and parachuted out of the capsule to land safely in Siberia.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

20200128
14/10/200820100622Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

19682018010220180925 (R4)The Prague Spring, a French take on our island story, and historical hangovers.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King's College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children's book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression "hair of the dog".

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"The Prague Spring, a French take on our island story, and historical hangovers.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King's College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children's book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression "hair of the dog".

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"The Prague Spring, a French take on our island story, and historical hangovers.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King's College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children's book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression "hair of the dog".

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"The Prague Spring, a French take on our island story, and historical hangovers.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Alice Taylor from King's College in London and the historian of pop culture, Travis Elborough.

Helen Castor charts the course of the Prague Spring, that period of liberalisation in Czechoslovakia brought in when Alexander Dubcek became leader in January 1968. She hears from those who were there and those who study that period now and asks whether people had any inkling what an extraordinary year it would be.

Alice Taylor introduces a new project which will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020. She explains how fact and fiction were brought together to create the notion of a Scottish nation and a document that would heavily influence the Constitution of the United States.

French Journalist Agnes Poirier leafs through the pages of Our Island Story, the 1905 children's book that some argue not only re-imagined English history but then shaped the world-view of some of our political leaders.

Fresh from the publication of his book of twentieth century diary extracts, Travis Elborough discusses if the diary is dead in the digital post-truth age.

And Iszi Lawrence enlists the help of the world wide web in her search for the origins of the expression "hair of the dog".

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Acid Attacks2018010920180917 (R4)Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Helen Castor is in the chair for this edition of the long-running history magazine programme. Today, she's joined by the historian of Victorian sex, suffrage and entertainment, Dr Fern Riddell - along with an expert on Victorian and Edwardian humour, Dr Bob Nicholson of Edge Hill University in Lancashire.

Making History reporter Hester Cant braves the streets of north London with Fern Riddell to dig into the nasty past of acid attacks on the capital's streets, and a nineteenth century scare that became actor murdering mania.

Iszi Lawrence takes to the jiu jitsu mat with historian Naomi Paxton to discover how and why the suffragettes embraced this martial art.

Tom Holland has a tale that's hot off the historical presses.

And the Cornwall village of Linkinhorne comes under the spotlight when it enters the jeux sans frontières of history competitions, Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Actor murdering mania, suffragettes and the martial arts, and Top Town History.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Back To The Future20191231Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues.

In this New Year's Eve programme, Tom and Iszi look at what history has had to say about the future. They explore when "the future" emerged as a concept and why some people thought they could foretell it

They look at the time when the future became political and ask what we can know about our ancestors' fears from the science fiction they produced.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the historical connections to today's big issues.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the historical connections to today's big issues.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Battle Lines2019021920190815 (R4)"

In the last of this series Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at the stories around another line in history - battle lines. From the fable of the Nazi invasion across one of Britain's oldest battle lines on Suffolk's beaches, through Thucydides and on to cross-dressing soldiers across the ages.

Presenters: Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
Series Editor: Simon Elmes
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

In the last of this series Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at the stories around another line in history - battle lines. From the fable of the Nazi invasion across one of Britain's oldest battle lines on Suffolk's beaches, through Thucydides and on to cross-dressing soldiers across the ages.

Presenters: Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
Series Editor: Simon Elmes
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

In the last of this series Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at the stories around another line in history - battle lines. From the fable of the Nazi invasion across one of Britain's oldest battle lines on Suffolk's beaches, through Thucydides and on to cross-dressing soldiers across the ages.

Presenters: Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
Series Editor: Simon Elmes
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Being Gay Before Gay Lib2017072520180921 (R4)Helen Castor on homosexuality in Victoria's Britain and the history of the 'gig' economy.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor takes the hot seat for the programme which shows why history matters.

Today, testimony about coming out before the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 and what we know about the lives of gay people in Victoria's Britain.

Iszi Lawrence discovers that the 'gig' economy was widespread in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. And Tom Holland is on Tyneside to celebrate the history of a building which played host to an almost forgotten intellectual revolution.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor on homosexuality in Victoria's Britain and the history of the 'gig' economy.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Bloodlines2019012220190718 (R4)"

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding.

Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages

Popular history series where the past connects with the present."

"

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding.

Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages

Popular history series where the past connects with the present."

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding.

Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding.

Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, Tom and Iszi examine bloodlines - from some of the Queen’s own surprising ancestors, to the vagaries of dog breeding.

Adam Rutherford discusses how DNA testing has informed the study of history and the programme asks if race really is a question of genetics, or a cultural construct.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the stories revealed by history's lines and linkages

Borders2019011520190711 (R4)With Donald Trump’s Mexican wall back in the news, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to discover how Britain’s borders have been used to separate communities.

Tom travels to Offa’s Dyke to find out how the 176-mile-long, 8th century earthwork divided the Anglian kingdom of Mercia from Powys.

In Belfast, the so-called peace lines are barriers that often cut across streets separating nationalists from unionists. But now a new scheme is under way to neutralise their effect. Making History examines how Belfast is changing.

And, crossing the border - how the development of passports formalised frontier control.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

With Donald Trump’s Mexican wall back in the news, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to discover how Britain’s borders have been used to separate communities.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Bread Lines2019021220190808 (R4)"

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s story-laden lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with food banks and the effects of austerity never far from the headlines, Tom and Iszi examine breadlines and hunger, from the Scottish clearances to the Rowntrees in York.

Archaeobotanist Professor Adrian Fuller talks about the significance of the recent discovery of the world’s oldest bread – which dates back 14,500 years to the time of hunter-gatherers before the beginning of farming.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at historical aspects of living on the breadline.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present."

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s story-laden lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with food banks and the effects of austerity never far from the headlines, Tom and Iszi examine breadlines and hunger, from the Scottish clearances to the Rowntrees in York.

Archaeobotanist Professor Adrian Fuller talks about the significance of the recent discovery of the world’s oldest bread – which dates back 14,500 years to the time of hunter-gatherers before the beginning of farming.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at historical aspects of living on the breadline.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s story-laden lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories. This week, with food banks and the effects of austerity never far from the headlines, Tom and Iszi examine breadlines and hunger, from the Scottish clearances to the Rowntrees in York.

Archaeobotanist Professor Dorian Fuller talks about the significance of the recent discovery of the world’s oldest bread – which dates back 14,500 years to the time of hunter-gatherers before the beginning of farming.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at historical aspects of living on the breadline.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Chickens, Motorcycle Gunners And Graffiti20110301A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"A new series and a team of new presenters. Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Church Pews And The Medieval Weather Forecast2018071020180920 (R4)"Tom Holland takes a back-side view of church architecture.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland presents the history programme which connects the past with today.

Enthusiasts for Victorian church architecture are furious that the pews designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in Bath Abbey have been dismantled and removed and are to be sold. Supporters of the plan say that it will create a huge space which the Abbey can then use for community events. Of course, back in medieval times most churches had no furniture, so why was it introduced and what can it tell us about the people that installed and sat on it? Iszi Lawrence visits Somerset to find out more.

It's the season of village fetes, country fairs, music festivals, cricket and world-class tennis and everyone is more than usually interested in the weather forecast. We think of this as a very modern service and are amazed even at the accuracy of meterologists during the planning of D-Day in 1944. But weather forecasts have been made for centuries and those making them knew more about the science behind them than we may think. Helen Castor visits Merton College Library in Oxford, which in the fourteenth century was the Met Office of its day.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Coastal Change: Overfishing And The Death Of The Seaside2018061220190829 (R4)Tom Holland discovers when East Coast fishermen were very much a part of Europe.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Matthew Green for a programme that's all at sea.

Helen Castor is in Great Yarmouth where local people voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. One of their major gripes with Brussels was the detrimental impact they thought EU quotas had on the town's fishing industry. Dr James Barrett is an archaeologist who researches the medieval fishing communities of Britain and he reveals that, 800 years ago, the fishermen of Gt Yarmouth worked closely with their counterparts across the North Sea to bring in unimaginable quantities of herring - along with Britain's main supply of wine.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, whie others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

The British seaside resort has been an unloved place ever since package holidays took its clientele to sunnier climes overseas. Now funding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council have been investing in projects that seek to restore some of these places to their former glory. But how effective is this and does one seaside history fit every coastal resort? Guardian writer Tim Burrows goes home to Southend to ponder the death of the seaside.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Tom Holland discovers when East Coast fishermen were very much a part of Europe.

Series exploring the latest historical and archaeological research

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Matthew Green for a programme that's all at sea.

Helen Castor is in Great Yarmouth where local people voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. One of their major gripes with Brussels was the detrimental impact they thought EU quotas had on the town's fishing industry. Dr James Barrett is an archaeologist who researches the medieval fishing communities of Britain and he reveals that, 800 years ago, the fishermen of Gt Yarmouth worked closely with their counterparts across the North Sea to bring in unimaginable quantities of herring - along with Britain's main supply of wine.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, whie others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

The British seaside resort has been an unloved place ever since package holidays took its clientele to sunnier climes overseas. Now funding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council have been investing in projects that seek to restore some of these places to their former glory. But how effective is this and does one seaside history fit every coastal resort? Guardian writer Tim Burrows goes home to Southend to ponder the death of the seaside.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

"Tom Holland discovers when East Coast fishermen were very much a part of Europe.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Matthew Green for a programme that's all at sea.

Helen Castor is in Great Yarmouth where local people voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. One of their major gripes with Brussels was the detrimental impact they thought EU quotas had on the town's fishing industry. Dr James Barrett is an archaeologist who researches the medieval fishing communities of Britain and he reveals that, 800 years ago, the fishermen of Gt Yarmouth worked closely with their counterparts across the North Sea to bring in unimaginable quantities of herring - along with Britain's main supply of wine.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, whie others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

The British seaside resort has been an unloved place ever since package holidays took its clientele to sunnier climes overseas. Now funding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council have been investing in projects that seek to restore some of these places to their former glory. But how effective is this and does one seaside history fit every coastal resort? Guardian writer Tim Burrows goes home to Southend to ponder the death of the seaside.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Series exploring the latest historical and archaeological research"

"Tom Holland discovers when East Coast fishermen were very much a part of Europe.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Matthew Green for a programme that's all at sea.

Helen Castor is in Great Yarmouth where local people voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. One of their major gripes with Brussels was the detrimental impact they thought EU quotas had on the town's fishing industry. Dr James Barrett is an archaeologist who researches the medieval fishing communities of Britain and he reveals that, 800 years ago, the fishermen of Gt Yarmouth worked closely with their counterparts across the North Sea to bring in unimaginable quantities of herring - along with Britain's main supply of wine.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, whie others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

The British seaside resort has been an unloved place ever since package holidays took its clientele to sunnier climes overseas. Now funding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council have been investing in projects that seek to restore some of these places to their former glory. But how effective is this and does one seaside history fit every coastal resort? Guardian writer Tim Burrows goes home to Southend to ponder the death of the seaside.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Matthew Green for a programme that's all at sea.

Helen Castor is in Great Yarmouth where local people voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. One of their major gripes with Brussels was the detrimental impact they thought EU quotas had on the town's fishing industry. Dr James Barrett is an archaeologist who researches the medieval fishing communities of Britain and he reveals that, 800 years ago, the fishermen of Gt Yarmouth worked closely with their counterparts across the North Sea to bring in unimaginable quantities of herring - along with Britain's main supply of wine.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, while others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

The British seaside resort has been an unloved place ever since package holidays took its clientele to sunnier climes overseas. Now funding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council have been investing in projects that seek to restore some of these places to their former glory. But how effective is this and does one seaside history fit every coastal resort? Guardian writer Tim Burrows goes home to Southend to ponder the death of the seaside.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland discovers when East Coast fishermen were very much a part of Europe.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Earlier this year and just a few miles north of Great Yarmouth, villagers living in chalets on the cliffs at Hemsby were evacuated as the so-called "Beast from the East" tore into the unstable, sandy cliffs. Several of these properties have since been demolished, whie others have been the focus of a frantic attempt to protect them from the unforgiving sea. Such destruction is commonplace in the history of the East Coast. Geographer Sally Brown from the University of Southampton heads to East Yorkshire to meet Marcus Jecock from Historic England and find out how the North Sea has shaped the lives of people living nearby for centuries.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Dark Tourism, World Cup 1938, The Mobile Library2018060520190822 (R4)Helen Castor presents the first in a new series of the popular history magazine.

Series exploring the latest historical and archaeological research

Helen Castor presents the first in a new series of the popular history magazine. She's joined today by Dr Jane Hammett from Royal Holloway University of London.

It's 140 years since the UK prison system was nationalised, and Iszi Lawrence visits Shrewsbury with Professor Alyson Brown from Edge Hill University to discover why a change in organisation was needed then. Today, paying customers are experiencing life here at Her Majesty's pleasure - and all over the world people seem to want to visit places which have a grim and troubling past. So what's the appeal and the purpose of so-called "dark tourism"? Tom Holland talks to Dr Philip Stone from the University of Central Lancashire.

It's another World Cup year. The tournament in Russia comes at a time when President Putin's stock is high at home, but on the floor abroad. Not for the first time, football might offer a political leader a global platform. We go back to France '38 which was held against a backdrop of a growing global diplomatic crisis. Sports writer Julie Welch is joined by Professor Simon Martin and football journalist Jonathan Wilson to explain how, with: civil war in Spain, the merging of the Austrian and German teams after the Nazi Anschluss and Mussolini promoting his brand of fascism through football, this really was a tournament with all to play for.

Council budget cuts, E-readers and on-line delivery are all presenting challenges to Britain's library service, and mobile libraries in particular have been badly affected. But when did the library van first start doing its rounds? Author of Mobile Library, David Whitehouse, heads back home to Nuneaton and the mobile library his mother used to clean.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor presents the first in a new series of the popular history magazine. She's joined today by Dr Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway University of London.

Helen Castor presents the popular history magazine. She's joined by Dr Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway University of London.

It's 140 years since the UK prison system was nationalised and Iszi Lawrence visits Shrewsbury with Professor Alyson Brown from Edge Hill University to discover why a change in organisation was needed. Today, paying customers are experiencing life here at Her Majesty's pleasure - and all over the world people seem to want to visit places which have a grim and troubling past. So what's the appeal and the purpose of so-called "dark tourism"? Tom Holland talks to Dr Philip Stone from the University of Central Lancashire.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia came at a time when President Putin's stock was high at home, but on the floor abroad. Not for the first time, football was seen as having the potential to offer a political leader a global platform. We go back to France '38 which was held against a backdrop of a growing global diplomatic crisis. Sports writer Julie Welch is joined by Professor Simon Martin and football journalist Jonathan Wilson to explain how, with civil war in Spain, the merging of the Austrian and German teams after the Nazi Anschluss and Mussolini promoting his brand of fascism through football, this really was a tournament with all to play for.

Helen Castor presents stories from the past with a bearing on issues today.

"Helen Castor presents the first in a new series of the popular history magazine.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

Film20200128With this year's Oscars imminent, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence meet the cineasts who help us understand history and the history of cinema.

Hannah Grieg, historical consultant on the Oscar-winning film The Favourite, and the screenwriter of Churchill, Alex von Tunzelmann, discuss the portrayal of history on the big screen.

Tom meets Kevin Brownlow, whose work finding and restoring film from the silent era earned him an Oscar in 2010.

And Matthew Sweet tells the story of Vic Kinson, a bookkeeper from Derbyshire, who created the IMDB of his day.

Produced by Craig Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom and Iszi meet the cineasts who help us understand history and the history of cinema.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

With this year's Oscars imminent, Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence meet the cineasts who help us understand history and the history of cinema.

And Matthew Sweet tells the story of Vic Kinson, a bookkeeper from Derbyshire, who created the IMDB of his day.

Food20200107After the feast of the festive season comes the pain of the January fast. Well, to help us better understand our relationship with the food we eat, Making History goes on the spice trail with historians Roger Michel and Matthew Cobb. Curator Victoria Avery tells us why pineapples were all the rage in Elizabethan times and Dominic Sandbrook offers up a potted history of fast food in the UK - with a side of fries and a banana milkshake.

Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 - 1800 at the Fitzwilliam Museum runs until 26th April.

Producer: Craig Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

After the feast of the festive season comes the pain of the January fast. Well, to help us better understand our relationship with the food we eat, Making History goes on the spice trail with historians Roger Michel and Matthew Cobb. Curator Victoria Avery tells us why pineapples were all the rage in Elizabethan times and Dominic Sandbrook offers up a potted history of fast food in the UK - with a side of fries and a banana milkshake.

Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Gambling, Homelessness, Human Trafficking20180206Helen Castor looks back at the gambling crisis of the 18th century.

Helen Castor is joined in the studio by Professor Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.

As concerns grow about fixed-odds betting machines on our high streets, Matthew Greent takes us back to a gambling crisis over 200 years ago in London.

Dr Rachael Attwood explores the dangerous, de-humanising world of nineteenth century human trafficking and, as the numbers of rough sleepers grows on Britain's streets, we find out about homelessness in the past.

And the last in our challenge to find the place that is top for history in the UK - Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor is joined in the studio by Professor Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.

As concerns grow about fixed-odds betting machines on our high streets, Matthew Greent takes us back to a gambling crisis over 200 years ago in London.

Dr Rachael Attwood explores the dangerous, de-humanising world of nineteenth century human trafficking and, as the numbers of rough sleepers grows on Britain's streets, we find out about homelessness in the past.

And the last in our challenge to find the place that is top for history in the UK - Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor looks back at the gambling crisis of the 18th century.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

"Helen Castor looks back at the gambling crisis of the 18th century.

Helen Castor is joined in the studio by Professor Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.

As concerns grow about fixed-odds betting machines on our high streets, Matthew Greent takes us back to a gambling crisis over 200 years ago in London.

Dr Rachael Attwood explores the dangerous, de-humanising world of nineteenth century human trafficking and, as the numbers of rough sleepers grows on Britain's streets, we find out about homelessness in the past.

And the last in our challenge to find the place that is top for history in the UK - Top Town History.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961130]Over the next six weeks, Professor

Christopher Andrew reveals some of the blood, sweat and tears in academic life by following a variety of historians as they go about their work. Today three first-timers, a Texan, a Baptist and a woman footballer, start on their projects. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm

Over the next six weeks, Professor

Christopher Andrew reveals some of the blood, sweat and tears in academic life by following a variety of historians as they go about their work. Today three first-timers, a Texan, a Baptist and a woman footballer, start on their projects. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm

"Over the next six weeks, Professor

Christopher Andrew reveals some of the blood, sweat and tears in academic life by following a variety of historians as they go about their work. Today three first-timers, a Texan, a Baptist and a woman footballer, start on their projects. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm"

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961130] Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961201]Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm

Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961207]Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, the best-selling author preparing for his next historical blockbuster, the Irishman inspired by a sepia family photograph, and disaster for the woman footballer researching the early days of the FA. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm

Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, the best-selling author preparing for his next historical blockbuster, the Irishman inspired by a sepia family photograph, and disaster for the woman footballer researching the early days of the FA. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm

"Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, the best-selling author preparing for his next historical blockbuster, the Irishman inspired by a sepia family photograph, and disaster for the woman footballer researching the early days of the FA. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated Sunday at 8.30pm"

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961207] Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961208]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961214]Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he reveals how a best-selling historian gets to grips with his subject, why a student's work may be too top-secret for his examiners to read, and what an Ulster historian makes of a war memorial that proved an embarrassment to the Irish

Republic for almost half a century.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he reveals how a best-selling historian gets to grips with his subject, why a student's work may be too top-secret for his examiners to read, and what an Ulster historian makes of a war memorial that proved an embarrassment to the Irish

Republic for almost half a century.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

"Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he reveals how a best-selling historian gets to grips with his subject, why a student's work may be too top-secret for his examiners to read, and what an Ulster historian makes of a war memorial that proved an embarrassment to the Irish

Republic for almost half a century.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm"

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961214] Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961215]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961221]Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. He comes across a near-suicidal PhD student and a Cambridge don rejuvenated by Wagner. He finds out what top secrets can now be found on the internet and learns how in Zaire wearing your trousers inside out could just save your life.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. He comes across a near-suicidal PhD student and a Cambridge don rejuvenated by Wagner. He finds out what top secrets can now be found on the internet and learns how in Zaire wearing your trousers inside out could just save your life.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961221] Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Unknown: Christopher Andrew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961222]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961228]Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he discovers whether anyone turns up to hear Tim Blanning 's sales pitch about Wagner and how the examiners react to Hugh Matthew 's work on Baptist missionaries.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he discovers whether anyone turns up to hear Tim Blanning 's sales pitch about Wagner and how the examiners react to Hugh Matthew 's work on Baptist missionaries.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

"Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Today, he discovers whether anyone turns up to hear Tim Blanning 's sales pitch about Wagner and how the examiners react to Hugh Matthew 's work on Baptist missionaries.

Producer Ian Bell. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm"

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961228] Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Tim Blanning

Unknown: Hugh Matthew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Tim Blanning

Unknown: Hugh Matthew

Producer: Ian Bell.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961229]Professor Christopher Andrew continues his look behind the scenes as a variety of historians go about their work. Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm
Genome: [r4 Bd=19961229] Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970104]The last programme in the series finds Professor Christopher Andrew desperate to learn how Wylie Reeves is faring in his quest for his PhD. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

The last programme in the series finds Professor Christopher Andrew desperate to learn how Wylie Reeves is faring in his quest for his PhD. Producer Ian Bell

Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970104] Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Wylie Reeves

Producer: Ian Bell

Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew

Unknown: Wylie Reeves

Producer: Ian Bell

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]Professor Christopher Andrew observes historians as they go about their work. Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm

Professor Christopher Andrew observes historians as they go about their work. Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19981204]Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Producer John Tuckey

PHONE: [number removed]

E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Producer John Tuckey

PHONE: [number removed]

E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981204] Unknown: Roger Wilkes

Producer: John Tuckey

Unknown: Roger Wilkes

Producer: John Tuckey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981211]Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

Producer John Tuckey

PHONE: [number removed]

E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

Producer John Tuckey

PHONE: [number removed]

E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981211]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19981218]Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

Producer John Tuckey. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener. Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

Producer John Tuckey. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk

WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

Genome: [r4 Bd=19981218] Unknown: Roger Wilkes

Producer: John Tuckey.

Unknown: Roger Wilkes

Producer: John Tuckey.

Hadrian's Wall20170718Hadrian's Wall, Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Tom Holland travels north to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, by examining the impact of his biggest legacy in Britain - Hadrian's Wall.

We also take-off for Heathrow to learn about its Iron Age origins and ask if a mound near a car park in Slough could really be a Saxon burial site.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Hadrian's Wall, Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Tom Holland travels north to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, by examining the impact of his biggest legacy in Britain - Hadrian's Wall.

We also take-off for Heathrow to learn about its Iron Age origins and ask if a mound near a car park in Slough could really be a Saxon burial site.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

, Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Tom Holland travels north to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, by examining the impact of his biggest legacy in Britain - Hadrian's Wall.

We also take-off for Heathrow to learn about its Iron Age origins and ask if a mound near a car park in Slough could really be a Saxon burial site.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

", Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Tom Holland travels north to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, by examining the impact of his biggest legacy in Britain - Hadrian's Wall.

We also take-off for Heathrow to learn about its Iron Age origins and ask if a mound near a car park in Slough could really be a Saxon burial site.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

", Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Tom Holland travels north to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor, by examining the impact of his biggest legacy in Britain - Hadrian's Wall.

We also take-off for Heathrow to learn about its Iron Age origins and ask if a mound near a car park in Slough could really be a Saxon burial site.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"

Hadrian's Wall, Iron Age origins of Heathrow Airport and a Saxon Burial mound in Slough.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Helen Castor And Guests Discuss The Stories That Are Making History20160315Helen Castor is joined by Dr Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway University of London and the critic and writer Kate Maltby.

Tom Holland travels to Thetford, the ancient capital of East Anglia, to hear evidence that the Iceni were speaking a form of English in the years before the Romans arrived. Dr Daphne Nash Briggs and Dr Sam Newton have examined coins of the period to reveal that the people of Norfolk had as strong a relationship with the Continent as they did with the rest of Britain - and, as well as speaking the Celtic Brittonic language, would also have conversed with their trading partners in the Germanic languages that would eventually become English. If true, this thesis completely changes our ideas that our language came with the Anglo-Saxons after the Romans left these shores.

We travel to Liverpool to try out some Victorian jokes. Its all part of research being carried out by Dr Bob Nicholson at Edge Hill University. Stand-up comic Iszi Lawrence finds out more.

This week's favourite year is 1453, put forward by Dr Rory Cox from St Andrews University.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Helen Castor is joined by Dr Jane Hamlett from Royal Holloway University of London and the critic and writer Kate Maltby.

"

Was English spoken centuries earlier than people thought? Plus a look at Victorian jokes.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

High Flyers20200121Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines.

As the first electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Vancouver, Tom and Iszi look at the lengths people have gone to over the past millennium to reach for the skies.

Tom goes to the spot where Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk, made one of the earliest attempts at flight in the British Isles. Inspired by the Greek fable of Daedalus, he strapped wings to his hands and feet and jumped from the abbey tower. He broke both his legs.

And Iszi visits the Science Museum to find out about the first woman in space. At the age of 26, Valentina Tereshkova, orbited the earth 48 times over 3 days and parachuted out of the capsule to land safely in Siberia.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at major milestones in flight in the past millennium.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at major milestones in flight in the past millennium.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Hs22019010820190704 (R4)Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories.

As the new HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham begins its first construction phase, Tom joins the railway archaeologists who’ve been excavating one of London’s ancient graveyards along the new line.

And, further down the communications corridor, the programme explores the history of protest in the face of transport progress.

Also, with centuries-old woodlands being displaced by new roads and railways, we look at Britain’s ancient sylvan history.

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence follow history’s lines and linkages to uncover connections and compelling stories.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Programme 2: HS2 – Linking Past with Tomorrow.
As the new HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham begins its first construction phase, Tom Holland joins the railway archaeologists who’ve been excavating one of London’s ancient graveyards along the new line. And, further down the communications corridor, Making History explores the history of protest in the face of transport progress. Also, with centuries-old woodlands being displaced by new roads and railways, we look at Britain’s ancient sylvan histor

Programme 2: HS2 – Linking Past with Tomorrow.
As the new HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham begins its first construction phase, Tom Holland joins the railway archaeologists who’ve been excavating one of London’s ancient graveyards along the new line. And, further down the communications corridor, Making History explores the history of protest in the face of transport progress. Also, with centuries-old woodlands being displaced by new roads and railways, we look at Britain’s ancient sylvan histor

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history's lines and linkages.

Jack Monroe And Rationing In The First World War20170711Rationing in 1917, Silk Roads, Franklin's last voyage and the history of the duffle coat.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Sam Willis to discuss food shortages in the First World War, Silk Roads, the history of the duffle coat and Franklin's infamous last voyage.

Food blogger Jack Monroe heads for the National Archives to learn how the submarine war in 1917 presented a serious threat to food supplies. She discovers that the rationing put in place then was successfully used again in World War Two.

Tom Holland meets the author of the best-seller Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan, to ask whether China is trying to emulate a centuries old history of trade and influence through its Belt and Road policy.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart marks the passing of author Michael Bond to explain the history of Paddington Bear's iconic duffle coat.

And Sam Willis previews Death in the Ice, a new exhibition on Franklin's ill-fated journey to find the North West passage.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

"Rationing in 1917, Silk Roads, Franklin's last voyage and the history of the duffle coat.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Sam Willis to discuss food shortages in the First World War, Silk Roads, the history of the duffle coat and Franklin's infamous last voyage.

Food blogger Jack Monroe heads for the National Archives to learn how the submarine war in 1917 presented a serious threat to food supplies. She discovers that the rationing put in place then was successfully used again in World War Two.

Tom Holland meets the author of the best-seller Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan, to ask whether China is trying to emulate a centuries old history of trade and influence through its Belt and Road policy.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart marks the passing of author Michael Bond to explain the history of Paddington Bear's iconic duffle coat.

And Sam Willis previews Death in the Ice, a new exhibition on Franklin's ill-fated journey to find the North West passage.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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Rationing in 1917, Silk Roads, Franklin's last voyage and the history of the duffle coat.

Helen Castor is joined by Dr Sam Willis to discuss food shortages in the First World War, Silk Roads, the history of the duffle coat and Franklin's infamous last voyage.

Food blogger Jack Monroe heads for the National Archives to learn how the submarine war in 1917 presented a serious threat to food supplies. She discovers that the rationing put in place then was successfully used again in World War Two.

Tom Holland meets the author of the best-seller Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan, to ask whether China is trying to emulate a centuries old history of trade and influence through its Belt and Road policy.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart marks the passing of author Michael Bond to explain the history of Paddington Bear's iconic duffle coat.

And Sam Willis previews Death in the Ice, a new exhibition on Franklin's ill-fated journey to find the North West passage.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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Rationing in 1917, Silk Roads, Franklin's last voyage and the history of the duffle coat.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Jazz In The Trenches, Woad, Notting Hill Carnival2016082320180924 (R4)"Tom Holland considers jazz in the trenches and the women behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined by Dr Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex to consider jazz in the trenches, woad and the women behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

Helen Castor meets Dr Michael Hammond, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton, to hear about Blues in the Trenches. Dr Hammond argues that 'the blues' as a musical tradition was brought to the trenches of the Great War by African-American soldiers from all parts of the US and they shared different performance styles and traditions - creating cross-pollinations that foreshadow the country blues recordings of the 1920s and 30s by Charley Patton, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Geechie Wiley, Ma Rainey, Elvey Thomas, Blind Willie Johnson and notable others.

Closer to home, on the banks of the River Thames, Iszi Lawrence traces the origins of today's craze for tattoos and body art back to the Celts, when she learns to make woad.

On the eve of the Notting Hill Carnival, comic Ava Vidal nominates the activist, feminist, socialist and founder of the Carnival Claudia Jones for the Making History plinth.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4."

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Keeping It In The Family20200114Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues.

As fascination with genealogy and our own family history has become almost a national obsession, this week's programme looks at the historical aspects of what makes up a family and how attitudes to incestuous relationships have shifted over time and throughout cultures. From Ancient Egypt to the nuclear family, from the Victorians and the National Vigilance Association to Jacobean literature, how has incest been defined, discussed, outlawed and - occasionally - even encouraged?

Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the historical connections to today's big issues.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence present the show that explores the historical connections behind today's issues.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore the historical connections to today's big issues.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

London Versus The Rest?20200204Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore historical connections to today's big issues.

Recent political convulsions have revealed a rift between the UK's capital and its regions. So this week Tom and Iszi consider other moments in history when London has been out of sync with the rest of the country - from the Romans to the 1700s. Examining how John Bull came into being and looking at the particular history of Northumbria, they look at the relationship between London and the rest of the UK.

Presenters: Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore historical connections to today's big issues.

Recent political convulsions have revealed a rift between the UK's capital and its regions. So this week Tom and Iszi consider other moments in history when London has been out of sync with the rest of the country - from the Romans to the 1700s. Examining how John Bull came into being and looking at the particular history of Northumbria, they look at the relationship between London and the rest of the UK.

Presenters: Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

Nationalism20191217Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence continue to explore the historical connections behind today's headlines.

Today - with a resurgence in nationalism from Beijing to Barcelona and with flag-flying dominating the world news, Tom and Iszi look into the origins of this powerful force.

Author, critic and long-time scholar of fairy tales, Marina Warner, recalls regimes who have used them as a political tool for their own sinister ends.

And with the possibility of a second referendum in Scotland being discussed, Tom goes to the spot where Robert the Bruce was buried to consider the challenges of teaching a balanced history curriculum in schools.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence look at the roots of nationalism and how it shaped history.

Helen Castor and Tom Holland with the latest research that's Making History.

Producer: Kim Normanton
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Pilgrimage, Overseas Cricketers, How The Ancients Helped Build Milton Keynes20180626Tom Holland presents the programme where the past meets the present.

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

Tom Holland is joined in the studio by Dr Marion Bowman from the Open University.

As more and more people become interested in making a pilgrimage, Tonderai Munyevu - the star of the play Black Men Walking - joins with members of the British Pilgrimage Trust for a day on the South Downs where they encounter pagans, priests and me