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

Debating British monarchy

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Experts discuss the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, George V and George VI and consider wider themes around Britain's kings and queens.


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Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters

Thursday 10th April 2014

Scott Anderson discusses the famed adventurer Lawrence of Arabia, while Helen Rappaport speaks to us about the tragic daughters of Tsar Nicholas II


Britain in the 1970s

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Dominic Sandbrook charts the highs and lows of 1970s Britain in a lecture delivered at our History Weekend festival


Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?

Thursday 27th March 2014

Charlotte Hodgman explores the Staffordshire Hoard, while Daniel Hannan argues that English-speaking people created many of our modern liberties


Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

Thursday 20th March 2014

Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how the meaning of friendship has changed over the centuries


Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War

Thursday 13th March 2014

Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, while Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War


Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

Thursday 6th March 2014

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains why a Nazi women's leader was visiting Britain in 1939


Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile

Thursday 27th February 2014

Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile


Napoleon's formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

Thursday 20th February 2014

In our latest podcast, Michael Broers discusses Napoleon's formative years, while Alexander Broadie looks at some of the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment


The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology

Thursday 13th February 2014

Irving Finkel describes a remarkable Babylonian tablet that changes our understanding of the flood legend. Meanwhile, Joanne Harris gives us her take on the Norse gods


Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance

Thursday 6th February 2014

Richard Sanders considers how Europe's monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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