Histories of the Unexpected

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects. Like SLIME. Or COURAGE. or APPLAUSE.... Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.


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The Bed

Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod HistoryHit Network - Twitter Facebook Producer - Dan Morelle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy


 2016-12-06  25m

The Party

It’s our 10th episode! So blow out the candles, cut the cake and make a wish! You are cordially invited to join the Cultivator of Chronicles, Dr Sam Willis, and the Tim Peake of Time, Professor James Daybell as these history DJs get the unexpected his...


 2016-12-01  24m


Boxes, coffins, letter, houses, locks and more. Sam and James audio-google their way through the unexpected history of boxes. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitter: @UnexpectedPod Histor...


 2016-11-20  31m

The Letter

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, ~Shakespeare, Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia But never doubt the unexpected historical links as the lieutenant of lifetimes, Professor James Daybell, and the investiga...


 2016-11-11  34m


Like a well-spring of historical facts, bubbling over with unexpected links, Dr Sam Willis, the maitre’d of museums, and Professor James Daybell, the inspector of eons, take you on another intoxicating ride through history. From Oliver Cromwell’s Navig...


 2016-11-01  22m


“There’s many a man hath more hair than wit” But worry not for this is no Comedy of Errors and there’s certainly more to this unexpected history. Let us join our host with the Cranium full of Chronicles, Professor James Daybell, and the Authority of ...


 2016-10-28  22m


I call the Living I mourn the Dead I break the Lightning (inscribed on the Great Bell of the Minster of Schaffhausen) Join the Preacher of the Past, Dr Sam Willis and the Antidote to Antiquity, Professor James Daybell, as they steer their very own DeL...


 2016-10-24  19m


All about power and politics, the perfumed glove as a political gift, the history of the hand, and the history of touch. It's also about explosions and the Japanese industrial revolution. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @Ja...


 2016-10-11  23m


This episode is all about the unexpected history of smoke. Which is all about state craft and diplomacy. It's ritualised smoking of the peace pipe. And it's to do with smuggling and public execution. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor J...


 2016-10-04  19m


Find out about the unexpected history of the orange, how it's linked to the the Gunpowder Plot, and other extraordinary historical connections. Dr Sam Willis - @DrSamWillis Professor James Daybell - @JamesDaybell Follow the show's new Twitte...


 2016-09-30  19m