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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This week's podcast

Demons and shipwrecks

Thursday 16th November 2017

Kasia Szpakowska discusses her research into Ancient Egyptian demonology, while Dan Pascoe reveals some of the insights that have been gained from excavating a sunken 17th-century warship...

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Second World War special

Thursday 3rd September 2009

This month's podcast is a Second World War special. We speak to Dr Dan Todman about the situation on the home front in 1939 and you can hear exclusive extracts from two new BBC Second World War Audiobooks.

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Bermuda in the British Empire and Medieval brutality

Friday 28th August 2009

Peter Thompson explains how a 17th-century shipwreck brought Bermuda into the British Empire; Sean McGlynn discusses Medieval atrocities and reveals how they compare to modern-day brutality.

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Thomas Becket and 16th-century swimming

Thursday 30th July 2009

John Gillingham (pictured) explains how the murder of Thomas Becket inspired a magnificent fortress; Nicholas Orme leafs through a 16th-century guide to the art of swimming.

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Medieval petitions and 17th-century astronomers

Friday 17th July 2009

Mark Ormrod (pictured) gives a colourful insight into medieval petitions; Christopher Lewis and Alison Boyle discuss two of the 17th century's greatest astronomers: Galileo and Thomas Harriot.

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The Industrial Revolution is revisited and Big Ben turns 150

Thursday 9th July 2009

Christine MacLeod (pictured) challenges popular perceptions of the Industrial Revolution; Mark Collins talks about the history of Big Ben on its 150th anniversary.

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Thomas Paine on both sides of the Atlantic and the plight of the suffragettes

Thursday 18th June 2009

Edward Vallance explores the story of Thomas Paine, hated in England in his lifetime but loved in America; June Purvis (pictured) tackles the subject of the force feeding of suffragettes 100 years ago.

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D-Day and the Templar on trial

Friday 5th June 2009

Antony Beevor (pictured) discusses his latest book on D-Day and the Battle for Normandy; Helen J Nicholson explains what happened to the Knights Templar who went on trial in Medieval Britain.

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A Nazi serial killer and a Tudor gentleman

Thursday 21st May 2009

Roger Moorhouse is on the trail of a serial killer in Nazi Berlin, Deborah Youngs discusses the fascinating diary of an ordinary gentleman in Tudor England.

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British History - the turning points

Friday 1st May 2009

The Great Turning Points in British History, Tristram Hunt discusses the life and legacy of Friedrich Engels, Angus Wainwright gives his thoughts on the Anglo Saxons and Sutton Hoo.

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Hampton Court and the Amritsar massacre

Friday 17th April 2009

Brett Dolman considers King Henry VIII and Hampton Court, Nick Lloyd discusses the bloody Amritsar massacre of 1919.

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