History at Home


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.

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Episode 111 - The lawn games and sports played at our historic sites

This week is National Croquet Week, and to celebrate, we’re taking a look back at the lawn games and sports that have been played at our historic sites. From croquet and bowling lawns, to cricket pitches, tennis courts, and even golf courses, our sites have hosted a surprising variety of sports, with many continuing to be played today. Joining us to reveal more are English Heritage landscape advisor, Emily Parker, and sport historian Simon Inglis.

Read more about the history of lawn games at our sites

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Episode 110 - Lord of war: Napoleon Bonaparte’s life and legacy

This week we’re heading back to the late 18th and early 19th century, when Europe was ravaged by the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic War, named after French military general and self-appointed emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. On the bicentenary of his death, we’re joined by senior properties historian, Paul Pattison, and keeper of the Wellington Collection at Apsley House, Josephine Oxley, to discuss Napoleon’s life, legacy and defeat – and the heritage sites built here in England to defend against his threats of invasion.

Learn more about the Wellington Collection at Apsley House

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Episode 109 - Extended Episode - King on the run: The imprisonment and escapes of King Charles I

In this 1 hour edition, we’re joined by English Heritage properties curator Roy Porter and senior properties historian Paul Pattison to trace the series of events, imprisonments and escapes that led up to the execution of King Charles I. The Stuart king remains the only British monarch to have been tried and executed for treason, marking one of the most gruesome chapters in the English Civil War – and we are picking up the story in 1646, when the Scots handed Charles over to the English Parliament.

Discover more about Charles I’s imprisonment at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

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