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.
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Episode 67 - Party at the palace: Socialising with the Courtaulds at Etlham Palace in the 1930s
This week, we’re heading back to the 1930s and a property that was something of a party palace. Eltham Palace and gardens, nestled in south-east London, is rich in history, with royal residents that include Edward II, a young Henry VIII and Charles I, who was the last king to visit before the Civil War.
After centuries of neglect, Eltham was then leased to millionaire socialites Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1933, who remodelled it as the Art Deco mansion that exists today. Joining us to discuss Etlham’s history and the lives of its colourful residents and visitors is English Heritage’s properties historians team leader, Dr Andrew Hann.Listen Here
Episode 66 - Voices of England: How the railways shaped the nation
This year English Heritage are celebrating the many ways the past has shaped our nation and this week, at a time when mobility is still restricted, we’re looking back at when a new mode of transport changed life in England forever. Before Britain fell in love with the motor car, and long before the dawn of international flights to exotic destinations, the dawn of rail travel marked a new chapter in England’s story. We’re joined by head collections curator, Dr Matt Thompson, to discuss the railways’ lasting legacy on the cultural and physical landscape of England.Listen Here
Episode 65 - From home to heritage: 30 years of care at Brodsworth Hall
On the 30th anniversary of Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in South Yorkshire being gifted to the nation, we are joined by senior curator Kevin Booth, head gardener Dan Hale and head curator of collections Martin Allfrey to chart the rise, fall and revival of this grand country home that was built for the Thelluson family and their servants in the 1860s. Discover how it came to be in English Heritage’s care, why the decision was made to conserve the property ‘as found’ and how it was reopened to visitors in 1995 to share its remarkable stories.Listen Here
Episode 64 - Defending the Roman Empire: Richborough and the Saxon Shore Forts
This week we’re heading back the 4th century, when the strength of the Roman Empire was being tested across Europe, including here in Britain. To defend our shores from invaders, the Romans built a series of forts along the coast, which are collectively known as the Saxon Shore Forts. Join us as we interview English Heritage senior properties historian Paul Pattison to find out where they were built, what daily life would have been like at them and what happened to them after the Romans left Britain.Listen Here
Episode 62 - A literary legacy: at home with Charles Dickens
Episode 61 - The Duke of Wellington and women of influence at Apsley House
Episode 60 - Operation Dynamo and ‘the miracle of Dunkirk'
Episode 59 - What was life like at our castles?
Episode 58 - Voyage of discovery: Charles Darwin and the bicentenary of the launch of HMS Beagle
Episode 57 - Belsay awakes: Recreating history in Belsay Hall’s gardens
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