History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.
In this archive episode, Dan visits the site of The Theatre, the 16th-century playhouse where some of Shakespeare's works were first performed, to investigate the archaeology with Heather Knight, Senior Archaeologist from the Museum of London Arch...
A plague which affects people from across society, mass exodus from city centres and numerous opinions on how best to stay well ... all familiar to people today, but also to the people of the 2nd century AD.
In the 18th century, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an aristocrat, courtier, brilliant beauty, intellectual, wife to the ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and a sufferer from smallpox. Jo Willet joins Dan to explore her fascinating life.
In the third episode of our series chronicling the history of British Prime Ministers, we travel from one of the most famous occupants of the office, Winston Churchill, right through to the current incumbent Boris Johnson and everyone in-between.
On 16th April 1949, the Republic of Ireland Act came into effect which saw Ireland become a republic and leave the Commonwealth. 2021 also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Irish War of independence.
In October 1962 the world came very close to annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Serhii Plokhy joins Dan on the podcast to discuss his research which shows that we came even closer than previously thought to the Cold War going hot.
We often hear about the kings & queens of medieval England, but what was life like for the ordinary person? From knights to peasants to barbers, Dan joins Dr Eleanor Janega to explore the lives & deaths you could expect to find in Medieval Engl...
During the changes and troubles of the 20th century, officials in Britain faced a huge question: how could they maintain imperial power? Dr Louis Halewood has been researching the troubles faced by British policymakers to maintain dominance.