THE ENGLISH HERITAGE PODCAST
Step into England’s story with our new weekly podcast. Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews.
You can listen to our latest episodes below or scroll down for details of how to subscribe.
Episode 60 - Operation Dynamo and ‘the miracle of Dunkirk’
On the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo during the Second World War, we’re joined by Senior Properties Historian Paul Pattison to discover how the rescue of 338,000 allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk was masterminded by Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay from deep inside Dover Castle’s top-secret tunnels. Learn about the events leading up to it, how it was accomplished and why it was such an important turning point in the war.
Plus, listen to an interview with former Army Signalman and Operation Dynamo veteran, Richard Sheen, to understand what life was like at Dover Castle at the time. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2019 at the age of 99. This episode is dedicated to him and his family.Listen Here
Episode 59 - What was life like at our castles?
One of the questions that English Heritage staff and volunteers get asked all the time is what life would have been like inside a castle. We’re joined by head historic properties curator, Dr Jeremy Ashbee, to find out what constitutes a true castle, who would have lived and worked at them and what the typical sounds, sights and smells would have been. We also reveal what life would have been like for the soldiers who defended them and for the prisoners held in their dungeons.Listen Here
Episode 58 - Voyage of discovery: Charles Darwin and the bicentenary of the launch of HMS Beagle
On the 200th anniversary of the launch of HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin’s famous voyage that helped him formulate his theories on natural selection, we’re joined by Senior Properties Historian Dr Steven Brindle to find out more. Discover where Darwin travelled, what he found and what happened to the ship after Darwin disembarked.
We’re also joined by Anthony O’Rourke, head gardener at Down House, Darwin’s former home in Kent, to find out about the key experiments the naturalist conducted in his own garden and how these are replicated today.Listen Here
Episode 57 - Belsay awakes: Recreating history in Belsay Hall’s gardens
This week we’re combining history and horticulture as we’re joined in the studio by the head of English Heritage’s gardens and landscape team, John Watkins, and acclaimed landscape designer Dan Pearson, to find out about the planned transformation of the gardens at Belsay Hall in Northumberland. Discover the history of the gardens, the plans to bring them back to their blooming best, and the wider project to transform the visitor experience at this spectacular site.
Episode 56 - Mary Queen of Scots at Carlisle Castle
Episode 55 - Saint, soldier, slayer: who was the real St. George?
Episode 54 - The history of the hunt: how an Easter tradition was hatched
Episode 53 - On the edge of the Roman Empire: The forts of Hadrian’s Wall
Episode 52 - Power and influence: the remarkable women who changed history at our sites
Episode 51 - Voices of England: how pre-Christian beliefs shaped our landscapes, landmarks and language
Episode 50 - Wind of change: saving Saxtead Green Post Mill
Episode 49 - The blue plaque women who changed the course of English history
Episode 48 - How to cook the Victorian way with Mrs Crocombe at Audley End
Episode 47 - Saints and crusaders: medieval relics and pilgrimage at Battle Abbey
Episode 46 - Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley at Kenilworth Castle
Episode 45 - Unearthing Wrest Park’s Mithraic Glade and Root House