The Secret Cabinet

In the 19th century museums used to lock away everything which they deemed "unsuitable" for the public in secret cabinets. This podcast focuses on the parts of history you would not find in your school textbooks - for good reason. (Explicit Content) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 21m. Bisher sind 43 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 9 Tage.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 14 hours 23 minutes


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Episode30: Toot Toot - Pharao's Mysterious Trumpets

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Episode29: Roman Urine Washers and also Alchemists

Romans didn't just wash their hands in innocence, but also their clothes in urine. How urine fits into the Roman fullon's job description, cloth dyers, and other uses in the Modern Period.


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Episode28: A History of Book Thieves

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Episode27: XXX -- A Short History of Pornographic Film

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Episode26: What's that Smell? A Short History of Stink

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Episode25: Secret Cabinet on Tour: JRR Tolkien CS Lewis in Oxford

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