Top 10 Victorian podcasts

The Victorian period was one of the most transformative in British history, popularised by Charles Dickens, the industrial revolution and the Chartist movement. Here, we round up 10 of our best Victorian podcasts

Police discover body of one of Jack the Ripper's victims (Hulton Archive/Getty)

Victorian burials

In this podcast from May 2014, Ruth Levitt describes how London's cemeteries couldn't cope with the rising number of dead in the 19th century, and reveals the solutions the Victorians devised for this problem.

Also in this episode: we speak to Martin Sixsmith, presenter of the Radio 4 series In Search of Ourselves, about the history of psychology.

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Victorian prisons

Alyson Brown takes a trip around the historic Beaumaris Gaol, in this podcast from October 2013.

Also in this episode: Michael Scott delves into the origins of ancient Greek drama.

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Living on a Victorian farm and investigating Jack the Ripper

In this May 2008 podcast, Alex Werner of the Museum in Docklands discusses a new exhibition on Jack the Ripper, while TV presenter Ruth Goodman chats about her experiences living on a Victorian farm.

Also in this episode: Professor Paul Cartledge meets Athenian thinkers via our Time Machine.

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Victorian cohabitation

Rebecca Probert explores cohabitation in Victorian times, in this September 2012 podcast.

Also in this episode: Tony Moore seeks out historical parallels to the Libor scandal.

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Victorian footballers

Richard Sanders delves into the early years of football, in this podcast from October 2013.

Also in this episode: Tarnya Cooper introduces the National Portrait Gallery's new Elizabethan exhibition. Plus, we talk to the BBC's Martin Davidson about the corporation's First World War plans.

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Victorian shopping

Professor Mark Connelly describes how the Victorians began to shop until they dropped, in this podcast recorded in December 2008.

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The Victorian cadaver trade

In this podcast recorded in December 2012, Elizabeth T Hurren explores how the bodies of paupers helped advance medical science.

Also in this episode: Robert Greene explains how you can become the next Napoleon or Leonardo da Vinci.

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Ancient Egypt through Victorian eyes

David Gange examines Victorian notions of Ancient Egypt, in this podcast from January 2012.

Also in this episode: Sheilagh Ogilvie discusses unusual consumption regulations in early modern Germany.

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Wilkie Collins

In this May 2014 podcast, Andrew Lycett, the latest biographer of the Victorian thriller writer Wilkie Collins, reveals how the author’s own life was also filled with secrets.

Also in this episode: Robert Mayhew discusses the Georgian economist Thomas Malthus, whose theories on population growth have remained controversial ever since.

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Back to school

Jane Hamlett talks about Victorian boarding schools in this podcast recorded in July 2011.

Also in this episode: Joe Maiolo explains how Hitler hoped to win the Second World War with rockets and flying bombs.

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