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  • #15592

    brian_toronto
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    Hope this is an appropriate topic – I am constantly on the lookout for other quality British history-related podcasts.  Have to say most I find so dry as to be unlistenable.  Jamie's is a refreshing exception.A couple of recommendations that others may find interesting (both on iTunes):IWM Voices of the First World War- an amazing series of audio clips of people who actually took part in the First World War.  Each episode could use a little more context, but nothing beats the collection of voices they have gathered (done by the Imperial War Museum in London)http://www.1914.org/feed/centenary-podcast/In Our Time - HistoryThis a BBC Radio 4 show where a well-known UK host, Melvyn Bragg, invites 3 academics to discuss particular topics.  There is now a 14 year(!) archive of shows - the link for the history-related ones is here:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ioth/rss.xmlWarning that some episodes get too bogged down and academic - it is very dependent on the quality of the expert speakers, and as we all know, some lecturers are more interesting than others!  At its best, the show is amazing - I would highly recommend the episode on the Spanish Armada from October 2010 for example.  There is even an entire episode on Boudica!  (March 2010)

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    Tim the Enchanter
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    The BBC History podcast is one of my favorites. 

  • #18200

    Chris
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    IWM Voices of the First World War- an amazing series of audio clips of people who actually took part in the First World War.  Each episode could use a little more context, but nothing beats the collection of voices they have gathered (done by the Imperial War Museum in London)http://www.1914.org/feed/centenary-podcast/

    I've just added this to my collection and hope to start listening to it soon (got a backlog of other podcasts to get through as well) after I have finished with the Medieval World podcasts I am listening to at the moment.Thanks for the suggestion, I have an interest in the First World War and this sounds like it is going to be intriguing.

  • #18201

    Mick
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    Aah! Melvin. Top quality but dry, so dry. I listen to him at the dentists in lieu of ananaesthetic. (Spot the native English spelling!) Another excellent BBC podcast is Michael Portillo's 'Things We Forgot the Remember'.  This si more of a documentary than a discussion programme and he is good at pricking nationalist conceits. I also listen to David Crowther's excellent and detailed history of england podcast at  http://historyofengland.typepad.com My one criticism of the last is a tendency not to evaluate the veracity of his sources often enough.

  • #18202

    brian_toronto
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    IWM Voices of the First World War- an amazing series of audio clips of people who actually took part in the First World War.  Each episode could use a little more context, but nothing beats the collection of voices they have gathered (done by the Imperial War Museum in London)http://www.1914.org/feed/centenary-podcast/

    I've just added this to my collection and hope to start listening to it soon (got a backlog of other podcasts to get through as well) after I have finished with the Medieval World podcasts I am listening to at the moment.Thanks for the suggestion, I have an interest in the First World War and this sounds like it is going to be intriguing.

    You are welcome Chris - thanks for all the pics you have put up on the site!  Great to look through.  Will dig out some of my own and post when I get some time.   

  • #18203

    Chris
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    You are welcome Chris - thanks for all the pics you have put up on the site!  Great to look through.  Will dig out some of my own and post when I get some time.   

    Have wanted to post more photos but haven't had the time to go to a few places.....Hampton Court Palace, Arundel Castle, Dover Castle to name just three that are easy to get to by train. Maybe when the British summer actually starts it will give me impetus to do something about it.Look forward to your photos.Decided I am going to start listening to the IWM podcasts this week while walking to work.

  • #18204

    Chris
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    Half way through the IWM podcasts. One part made me cringe when a veteran mentioned the bad case of trench foot he had and a doctor sticking pins in his toes to see if he could feel anything. No pain = bad, pain = good, meaning he was on the mend but still unable to walk so he and others would crawl on all fours to get anywhere in the hospital, such as the toilet.The episodes are a little short but they have done a good job in bringing together what is obviously a broad collection of recordings from different periods (and probably recorded some time ago as all the veterans are now dead). The sound quality isn't great on the recordings but that is only minor compared to the content, which is interesting and certainly great to hear the individuals themselves who were there in the thick of it. It was also good to hear different perspectives British and German views etc. and military and civilian.A great attempt by the IWM and it is supposed to continue throughout the year so I shall keep up to date as they are released.

  • #18205

    peterjcharles
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    I keep a lot of 'History according to Bob' on my ipod. They are short (5-10 minutes each) and cover a wide variety of subjects. Professor Bob usually has a number of different themes running at a time and you will normally get one podcast per theme per week which can be confusing. What I ususually do is wait till I have about 20 on one subject and then load them all onto my ipod so I can listen to them in sequence.

  • #18206

    forestial
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    Not a podcast, but I recently discovered the TV series Michael Wood's History of England which is quite good.  He tells it by focusing on one particular village (Kibworth, Leicestershire where, coincidentally, I used to live for a while about 20 years ago) and examining events such as the Black Death by their effect on that place.  They did a sort of community archaeological dig involving the current village inhabitants digging up their gardens which looked really interesting.

  • #18207

    anonymous
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    History of the world in 100 Objects is a good podcast.

  • #18208

    James
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    Last week's In Our Time show is about Hadrian's Wall: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kkr42

  • #18209

    Jamie
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    That's a great find, James.  I've shared it with the listeners on Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks!

  • #18210

    anonymous
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    The History of England podcast is very good and will not put you to sleep.  I recommend you check it out.

  • #18211

    anonymous
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    I would recommend Mike Duncan's Revolutions podcast.  The first set of episodes deal with the English Civil War, and are quite fantastic!  He moves on to U.S. independence, then the French Revolution, and is currently on the Haitian Revolution.  http://www.revolutionspodcast.com/

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