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

Elizabeth I and an unlikely suffragette

Thursday 29th January 2015

Lisa Hilton explores the reign of the Virgin Queen, while Anita Anand describes the life of Queen Victoria’s goddaughter who went on to campaign for women’s rights


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Victorian vigour and a remarkable family

Thursday 28th November 2013

Simon Heffer discusses the triumphs of Victorian Britain, while Adrian Tinniswood talks about the 17th-century Rainborowes who were involved in the Civil War


JFK and a neglected Tudor

Thursday 21st November 2013

Mark White reappraises JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while Alison Weir describes the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII


Global history and the rise of the factories

Thursday 14th November 2013

Michael Scott chats about his new Radio 4 series Spin the Globe, while Simon Thurley guides us around an important site in Britain's Industrial Revolution


Cold War culture and the path to the First World War

Thursday 7th November 2013

Dominic Sandbrook explores how the Cold War impacted on many aspects of British life, while Margaret MacMillan tells us why she believes the First World War broke out when it did


A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle

Thursday 31st October 2013

Quintin Colville guides us around a major new Nelson gallery, while Charlotte Hodgman pays a Halloween visit to a spooky castle


Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers

Thursday 24th October 2013

Tarnya Cooper introduces the National Portrait Gallery's new Elizabethan exhibition, while Richard Sanders delves into the early years of football. Plus, we talk to the BBC's Martin Davidson about the corporation's First World War plans


Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons

Thursday 17th October 2013

Michael Scott delves into the origins of drama, while Alyson Brown takes a trip around the historic Beaumaris Gaol


The First World War and Richard III

Thursday 10th October 2013

Sir Max Hastings explores the origins and bloody outbreak of the First World War, while Philippa Langley and Michael Jones describe the discovery of Richard III's remains


The mysteries of the Princes in the Tower

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Leanda de Lisle visits the Tower of London to explore the fate of the princes believed to have been killed there. Meanwhile Hannah Greig tells us about the Georgian fashionable elite, and we speak to Hollywood star Matthew Fox about his role in the historical film Emperor


Ancient burials and modern murders

Thursday 26th September 2013

Richard Bradley guides us around a Neolithic burial site, while Lucy Worsley explores the 19th and 20th-century British fascination with violent crime

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