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 Gunpowder Plot

Thursday 19th October 2017

Hannah Greig and John Cooper explore the story of the 1605 attempt to blow up the king and parliament

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The Battle of Marathon plus Dunkirk and WWII refugees

Friday 7th May 2010

Laurence Rees explains why Hitler didn't press his advantage at Dunkirk in 1940. Plus Michael Scott offers his insights into the 490 BC Battle of Marathon. Also this month Gillian Mawson tells the stories of Guernsey's Second World War child refugees.

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The Restoration plus Britain's relationship with chocolate

Friday 9th April 2010

Jenny Uglow gives us the lowdown on Charles II and the Restoration. Plus Emma Robertson explores the origins of chocolate in the British Empire.

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Where the Bosworth battle really happened and a detailed look at rationing

Friday 12th March 2010

Glenn Foard reflects on the discovery of the true location of the Bosworth battlefield and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska explains the role of rationing in the Second World War.

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Cromwell's words, Richard's crusades and the 1930s

Friday 12th February 2010

John Morrill explains why we need to look more closely at the words of Oliver Cromwell, Juliet Gardiner considers the 1930s, and Thomas Asbridge delves into Richard I's crusades.

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Historical objects - toilets and medicines

Friday 15th January 2010

Neil MacGregor discusses key objects in world history, Robert Hume looks at toilet designer Thomas Crapper and Elaine Leong talks about medicines in the 18th century.

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The motivations behind Viking raids and the life of Dr Johnson

Friday 18th December 2009

Robert Ferguson considers what drove the Vikings to launch their seaborne attacks, while Peter Martin reviews the life and personality of Dr Johnson.

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WWI army rations and the French Revolution

Friday 4th December 2009

Rachael Duffett considers how First World War soldiers took to the food they were served. Plus Julian Swann offers his thoughts on the origin of the French Revolution.

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The Britons of the Ypres graves and the battle of Quiberon Bay

Wednesday 11th November 2009

Sue Elliott explains how the children of the Britons who tended First World War graves at Ypres went on to fight the Nazis. Also in this issue Jeremy Black reveals why the battle of Quiberon Bay 250 years ago saved Britain from invasion.

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First World War special

Friday 6th November 2009

This week's podcast is a First World War special. We begin with oral historian Peter Hart who introduces clips of interviews with war veterans from the Imperial War Museum sound archive. Also in this issue Fiona Reid explores the changing nature of Remembrance Day commemorations.

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Ancient Greece in the 4th-century BC and the Spanish in Mexico

Wednesday 14th October 2009

Michael Scott explains why the 4th century BC was just as important as the previous 100 years in the history of Ancient Greece. Also in this edition we speak to Caroline Dodds Pennock about the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II and the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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