History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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The Jarrow March

Thursday 17th August 2017

Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment and offers comparisons with modern Britain

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A legendary spymaster

Monday 10th July 2017

Henry Hemming discusses the life and career of Maxwell Knight, an eccentric spymaster who may have inspired the Bond character M

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Hans Sloane and the British Museum

Thursday 6th July 2017

Author and historian James Delbourgo reflects on the life of the 18th-century natural historian and collector Hans Sloane whose collections formed the basis of the British Museum

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Female flyers in Nazi Germany

Monday 3rd July 2017

Author and biographer Clare Mulley discusses her new book The Women Who Flew for Hitler, which explores the lives of two remarkable women who became leading aviators in the Third Reich

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Children at war

Thursday 29th June 2017

Historian Emma Butcher reflects on the experiences of child soldiers throughout history, ranging from Ancient Sparta to the Hitler Youth and recent conflicts in Africa.

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The Second World War

Thursday 22nd June 2017

James Holland discusses the second book in his The War in the West trilogy with John Buckley, focusing on the years 1941-43.

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Jane Austen and Tudor London

Thursday 15th June 2017

Lucy Worsley shares her thoughts on the Georgian novelist, while Stephen Alford explains how the English capital was transformed in the 16th century

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Medieval manuscripts and the First World War

Thursday 8th June 2017

Christopher de Hamel discusses his book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which has just won the Wolfson History Prize, while Jonathan Ruffle gives us the lowdown on the latest events in his wartime radio drama Tommies

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The Six-Day War and the Great Fire of London

Thursday 1st June 2017

Matthew Hughes reflects on a pivotal Arab-Israeli conflict that began 50 years ago this month, while Dan Jones discusses some of the most interesting aspects of the 1666 inferno

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Civil wars and Restoration England

Thursday 25th May 2017

David Armitage explores how internal conflicts have changed through history, while Ian Mortimer guides us through life in the late 17th century.

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England’s bloody Reformation

Thursday 18th May 2017

Professor Peter Marshall reveals why England was beset with violence in the decades following Henry VIII’s break from Rome

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