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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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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Answers from Trotsky and a new look at Elizabeth I

Tuesday 27th May 2008

David Musgrove takes a look around the new visitors' centre at Culloden, Historical biographer Alison Weir describes her discovery of an unknown portrait of Elizabeth I, Professor Robert Service seeks answers from Leon Trotsky using our Time Machine.

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Living on a Victorian farm and investigating Jack the Ripper

Wednesday 23rd April 2008

Alex Werner of the Museum in Docklands discusses a new exhibition on Jack the Ripper, TV presenter Ruth Goodman chats about her experiences living on a Victorian farm, Professor Paul Cartledge meets Athenian thinkers via our Time Machine.

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Anglo-dutch relations, Alfred the Great and re-living the Battle of Blenheim

Tuesday 25th March 2008

Professor Lisa Jardine looks at the relationship between England and the Netherlands in 1688, Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood offers his thoughts on Alfred the Great, Professor Richard Holmes takes our Time Machine back to the Battle of Blenheim.

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England's animosity with the Scots and the lasting echoes of Enoch Powell

Wednesday 27th February 2008

Historian and broadcaster Marc Morris on how Edward I made England and Scotland into enemies, Dr Dominic Sandbrook discusses the impact of Enoch Powell's infamous 1968 speech, Professor Liam Kennedy meets the participants of the Easter Rising in our Time Machine.

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The worst years in history and a trip to Ancient Rome

Wednesday 30th January 2008

Historical writer Derek Wilson explains his choices for the most awful years in British history, Dr Michael Goodman delves into the mysterious death of frogman Buster Crabb, Professor Mary Beard visits Ancient Rome in our Time Machine.

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The holocaust in depth and a trip around the National Maritime Museum

Wednesday 2nd January 2008

Ben Barkow, director of the Wiener Library, talks about the study of the holocaust, Professor Ronald Hutton takes our Time Machine to meet the founder of an obscure religion, David Musgrove takes a guided walk around the new Atlantic Worlds gallery at the National Maritime Museum.

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Christmas Quiz

Monday 10th December 2007

Popular historian Justin Pollard and David Musgrove take charge of our history pub quiz.

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Military history - the Pacific War and how to take a castle

Tuesday 27th November 2007

Historical writer Julian Humphrys provides his tips for capturing a castle, Military historian and broadcaster Max Hastings discusses the Pacific War, Sue Wingrove rounds-up the history books of the year.

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James May on the Wright Brothers, the Battle of Britain and a close call for the spitfire

Wednesday 24th October 2007

Top Gear presenter James May explains his admiration for the Wright Brothers, Dr Anthony Cumming challenges traditional assumptions about the Battle of Britain, Author and journalist Leo McKinstry reveals how the Spitfire nearly missed its finest hour.

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WWII memories from veterans and a trip to the Mary Rose Museum

Tuesday 25th September 2007

History programme-maker Laurence Rees recalls some of his most interesting encounters with Second World War veterans, David Musgrove takes a tour of the Mary Rose Museum and finds out about the ship's final moments.

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