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  • #15954

    paulrhardy
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    Hi all!I'm a filmmaker and occasional novelist from a nice little place in the middle of England that's been proud to call itself a city since 1345. (not the best timing - the black death was only three years later).I mostly make corporate videos for local companies, but every now and then we get to do something history-related. There's an awful lot of fun stuff in Coventry and Warwickshire to look at. What I like about the podcast is the level of detail - it's not just a skimming over of battles and dynasties, but gets into all kinds of fun social history as well. Please, please don't stop doing that kind of stuff once you get to centuries that actually have reliable historical records! I'm looking forward to the seventeenth century in particular, though I fear I may reach retirement age before you get there... ;D

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    Jamie
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    Hi Paul,That's really cool that you've done some stuff that's history related.  Anything that we might know of?And as for the social history, don't worry... I'm thoroughly hooked on social history.  My thought is that I'll do a mix.  Right now I'm trying to do a blend of social and timeline related stuff.  I'm still working on getting the right balance, but I think that's what I'd like the direction of the show to be going forward.  That way the people are 3 dimensional and real, but we also are moving forward in time.  Ultimately, I'm a bit of a completionist and I feel like I only get one bite at the apple, so I want to make sure I cover as much as I can (since going back is a bit tough, outside of the WelshCast and ScotCast).Anyway, welcome to the community!

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    paulrhardy
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    Hi Paul,That's really cool that you've done some stuff that's history related.  Anything that we might know of?

    I doubt you've heard of it, but who knows - you might still like it...Myself and my colleagues at Leofric Films made a DVD doco about the history and architecture of Warwick called A Walk Around Warwick. I don't want to overstep the mark if you have any proscription against self-promotion - is it okay to post a link in this thread?

    And as for the social history, don't worry... I'm thoroughly hooked on social history.  My thought is that I'll do a mix.  Right now I'm trying to do a blend of social and timeline related stuff.  I'm still working on getting the right balance, but I think that's what I'd like the direction of the show to be going forward.  That way the people are 3 dimensional and real, but we also are moving forward in time.  Ultimately, I'm a bit of a completionist and I feel like I only get one bite at the apple, so I want to make sure I cover as much as I can (since going back is a bit tough, outside of the WelshCast and ScotCast).Anyway, welcome to the community!

    Thanks Jamie!(and if you ever feel the need to go back in time and do something you missed... well, isn't that what the member's only episodes can be used for?)

  • #19309

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I haven't seen it, but I'll keep my eyes open for it.  And yes, you're welcome to share it with the community in a thread. :)

  • #19310

    paulrhardy
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    I haven't seen it, but I'll keep my eyes open for it.  And yes, you're welcome to share it with the community in a thread. :)

    In that case, I'll just put this here:http://www.awalkaroundwarwick.co.uk/ (website)http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D6VOCVS/ (Amazon.com)Oh, and you can still just about get into a competition for a free copy over at Smitten by Britain - closes tomorrow! (Friday 12th July)http://www.smittenbybritain.com/win-a-copy-of-a-walk-around-warwick-on-dvd/Here's the official blurb, should people wish to know more:UK video production company Leofric Films have just released their DVD “A Walk Around Warwick” for the US market on Amazon.com and Createspace. The DVD feature-length documentary highlights the history and architecture of the beautiful town of Warwick. It takes the viewer on a tour around the streets of the town with local historian Dr Sylvia Pinches, telling the stories behind many of the town’s most charming buildings and revealing historical secrets along the way – such as the true meaning of the word ‘eavesdropping’, the reason why postboxes are red and how graffiti can be a boon to historians.“The history of Warwick is fascinating,” says Dr Pinches, “and it’s not just about the castle. There’s a thousand years of architecture and history, even though the town was burnt down in 1694.” Dr Pinches is a professional historian who also enthuses about the lighter side of history. Her interest in Warwick stems from her background as a guide at Warwick Castle, where she once portrayed everything from a mediaeval washer-woman to the castle’s 18th century housekeeper.One of the featured buildings is the Lord Leycester Hospital, which has functioned as a home for retired soldiers since 1571. The Brothers who live there acted as guides for the film, telling tales of the past such as the time that King James I came to Warwick for a feast so magnificent that it left the town in debt for ten years. More recently, the buildings featured in an episode of Doctor Who.In a segment filmed at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, a guide enthuses about the Beauchamp Chapel, which contains the tomb of the 15th-century Earl of Warwick who presided over the trial of Joan of Arc. As well as major tourist sites, the film shows lesser known buildings and hidden nooks, such as the Mill Garden, tucked beneath the walls of Warwick Castle and enjoying remarkable views of both the castle and the old, ruined bridge across the Avon.Leofric Films is based in nearby Leamington Spa, so it was a treat for the filmmakers to be able to work close to home and bring their own local knowledge to the project. They shot the DVD over several months during the summer of 2012 – the wettest on record. “We didn’t always have the best conditions for filming,” said Dr Pinches, “but the beauty of the town still comes through.”(Thanks for letting me post this!)

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