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The English Heritage Podcast

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The English Heritage Podcast
The English Heritage Podcast

The English Heritage Podcast

English Heritage

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, and brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Latest Episodes

Episode 34 - Charles Darwin and 'On the Origin of Species' at Down House

On the 160th anniversary of publication of 'On the Origin of Species', we pay a visit to Down House in Kent to interview Senior Properties Historian Steven Brindle, senior gardener Kristyna Slivova and historic properties steward Kim Durham about Darwin’s time at Down House, the experiments he performed there and the legacy of his seminal work today. For more information about Down House, Home of Charles Darwin and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/downhouse

26 MIN21 h ago
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Episode 34 - Charles Darwin and 'On the Origin of Species' at Down House

Episode 33 - Memory & Light: the sound installation delighting visitors’ senses at Belsay Hall

This week we’re back on the road to experience a new sound installation created by the world’s most performed living composer Arvo Pärt. We meet curator Clare Farrow and site manager Samantha Shotten to find out what visitors can expect and how installations such as this are helping to bring the history of English Heritage sites to life in new and innovative ways. For more information about Belsay Hall and Gardens and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsay Music credits: Spiegel im Spiegel, Für Alina and Silentium (from the second movement of Tabula Rasa) by Arvo Pärt ECM Records. All music is used in agreement with ECM Records, Universal Edition and Arvo Pärt Centre.

19 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 33 - Memory & Light: the sound installation delighting visitors’ senses at Belsay Hall

Episode 32 - Nursing the nation: how Wrest Park became a First World War country house hospital

Ahead of Armistice Day on 11 November, we talk to senior properties historian Dr Andrew Hann to find out how Wrest Park, the magnificent former seat of the De Grey family in Bedfordshire, was reinvented as a country house convalescent home and later a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the stories of the nurses who worked here, what the soldiers did to keep their spirits up and the disaster that forced it to close. For more information about Wrest Park and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrest

28 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 32 - Nursing the nation: how Wrest Park became a First World War country house hospital

Episode 31 - 'These Our Monsters' : Retelling myths and legends in our new book of short stories

This week we’re back in the studio with literary reviewer and journalist James Kidd to discuss These Our Monsters, our new book of short stories by eight contemporary novelists inspired by the myths, legends and folklore connected to our sites. Join Charles and James as they discuss the concept of the book and James’s own involvement, before looking at how the writers took on the challenge of re-imagining the stories of the past. To order a copy of These Our Monsters, go to https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media

25 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 31 - 'These Our Monsters' : Retelling myths and legends in our new book of short stories

Episode 30 - The Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo at Apsley House

We’re at Apsley House in London, the grand former home of the Duke of Wellington, to meet keeper of the Wellington Collection Josephine Oxley. Listen on to discover why this beautiful Georgian building in the heart of the capital was once known as 'Number 1 London', its role in honouring the Iron Duke’s great victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and why it is home to one of the finest art collections in London. For more information or to plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/apsley-house/

28 MINOCT 24
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Episode 30 - The Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo at Apsley House

Episode 29 - Rembrandt’s ultimate ‘selfie’ at Kenwood

To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death a new exhibition has been launched at Kenwood, the London home of the Dutch artist’s most famous painting, Self-portrait with Two Circles. The exhibition, called #nofilter, sees the painting re-presented alongside a new digital artwork which will be comprised of ‘selfies’ taken by visitors. We meet senior curator Wendy Monkhouse to find out more about the enduring appeal of the painting, how it came to be at Kenwood and what visitors can expect during a visit to see it and the rest of Kenwood’s remarkable collection of art today. For more information or to plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenwood/

24 MINOCT 17
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Episode 29 - Rembrandt’s ultimate ‘selfie’ at Kenwood

Episode 28 - Behind the scenes of the 1066 Battle of Hastings re-enactment

We head to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex to discover what goes into recreating history at our infamous annual Battle of Hastings re-enactment on the very site where the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed. We meet events manager Diane Evans and re-enactor Nigel Amos, who has played both King Harold and William the Conqueror in previous years, to reveal what is involved in organising and taking part in the biggest event in the entire English Heritage calendar. To find out more or plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/

24 MINOCT 10
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Episode 28 - Behind the scenes of the 1066 Battle of Hastings re-enactment

Episode 27 - Exodus: the story behind reggae legend Bob Marley’s blue plaque in London

This week, we interview historian Howard Spencer to reveal the story behind the new blue plaque at the Chelsea house where reggae singing sensation Bob Marley lived in 1977 after fleeing from Jamaica. It was while living here that Marley and his band the Wailers finished recording songs for what became the Exodus album, including Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, One Love and Jamming. The house is also near the pitches in nearby Battersea Park where Marley and his bandmates played football. To find out more about our blue plaque scheme, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/

20 MINOCT 3
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Episode 27 - Exodus: the story behind reggae legend Bob Marley’s blue plaque in London

Episode 26 - Rescuing England’s largest collection of rare wall paintings

We’re joined in the studio by Senior Collections Conservator Rachel Turnbull and Senior Properties Historian Dr Steven Brindle to find out about a new project to protect and conserve England’s largest collection of historic wall paintings. Learn the stories behind these rare and fragile works of art, how much work is going to be involved in their conservation and the work underway to ensure these precious paintings don’t vanish forever. To find out more, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/wallpaintings

27 MINSEP 24
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Episode 26 - Rescuing England’s largest collection of rare wall paintings

Episode 25 - Building a Bronze Age roundhouse at Beeston Castle in Cheshire

We’re at Beeston Castle, one of the most spectacular medieval sites in England, to meet the team behind a project to build a replica of a Bronze Age Roundhouse in its grounds and bring its prehistory to life for visitors. Discover what goes into building a prehistoric home, the difference between an Iron Age and Bronze Age roundhouse and how it will be used once it has been completed. To find out more about Beeston Castle’s history or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston

23 MINSEP 19
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Episode 25 - Building a Bronze Age roundhouse at Beeston Castle in Cheshire

Latest Episodes

Episode 34 - Charles Darwin and 'On the Origin of Species' at Down House

On the 160th anniversary of publication of 'On the Origin of Species', we pay a visit to Down House in Kent to interview Senior Properties Historian Steven Brindle, senior gardener Kristyna Slivova and historic properties steward Kim Durham about Darwin’s time at Down House, the experiments he performed there and the legacy of his seminal work today. For more information about Down House, Home of Charles Darwin and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/downhouse

26 MIN21 h ago
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Episode 34 - Charles Darwin and 'On the Origin of Species' at Down House

Episode 33 - Memory & Light: the sound installation delighting visitors’ senses at Belsay Hall

This week we’re back on the road to experience a new sound installation created by the world’s most performed living composer Arvo Pärt. We meet curator Clare Farrow and site manager Samantha Shotten to find out what visitors can expect and how installations such as this are helping to bring the history of English Heritage sites to life in new and innovative ways. For more information about Belsay Hall and Gardens and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsay Music credits: Spiegel im Spiegel, Für Alina and Silentium (from the second movement of Tabula Rasa) by Arvo Pärt ECM Records. All music is used in agreement with ECM Records, Universal Edition and Arvo Pärt Centre.

19 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 33 - Memory & Light: the sound installation delighting visitors’ senses at Belsay Hall

Episode 32 - Nursing the nation: how Wrest Park became a First World War country house hospital

Ahead of Armistice Day on 11 November, we talk to senior properties historian Dr Andrew Hann to find out how Wrest Park, the magnificent former seat of the De Grey family in Bedfordshire, was reinvented as a country house convalescent home and later a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the stories of the nurses who worked here, what the soldiers did to keep their spirits up and the disaster that forced it to close. For more information about Wrest Park and to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrest

28 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 32 - Nursing the nation: how Wrest Park became a First World War country house hospital

Episode 31 - 'These Our Monsters' : Retelling myths and legends in our new book of short stories

This week we’re back in the studio with literary reviewer and journalist James Kidd to discuss These Our Monsters, our new book of short stories by eight contemporary novelists inspired by the myths, legends and folklore connected to our sites. Join Charles and James as they discuss the concept of the book and James’s own involvement, before looking at how the writers took on the challenge of re-imagining the stories of the past. To order a copy of These Our Monsters, go to https://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/books-media

25 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 31 - 'These Our Monsters' : Retelling myths and legends in our new book of short stories

Episode 30 - The Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo at Apsley House

We’re at Apsley House in London, the grand former home of the Duke of Wellington, to meet keeper of the Wellington Collection Josephine Oxley. Listen on to discover why this beautiful Georgian building in the heart of the capital was once known as 'Number 1 London', its role in honouring the Iron Duke’s great victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and why it is home to one of the finest art collections in London. For more information or to plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/apsley-house/

28 MINOCT 24
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Episode 30 - The Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo at Apsley House

Episode 29 - Rembrandt’s ultimate ‘selfie’ at Kenwood

To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death a new exhibition has been launched at Kenwood, the London home of the Dutch artist’s most famous painting, Self-portrait with Two Circles. The exhibition, called #nofilter, sees the painting re-presented alongside a new digital artwork which will be comprised of ‘selfies’ taken by visitors. We meet senior curator Wendy Monkhouse to find out more about the enduring appeal of the painting, how it came to be at Kenwood and what visitors can expect during a visit to see it and the rest of Kenwood’s remarkable collection of art today. For more information or to plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenwood/

24 MINOCT 17
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Episode 29 - Rembrandt’s ultimate ‘selfie’ at Kenwood

Episode 28 - Behind the scenes of the 1066 Battle of Hastings re-enactment

We head to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex to discover what goes into recreating history at our infamous annual Battle of Hastings re-enactment on the very site where the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed. We meet events manager Diane Evans and re-enactor Nigel Amos, who has played both King Harold and William the Conqueror in previous years, to reveal what is involved in organising and taking part in the biggest event in the entire English Heritage calendar. To find out more or plan a visit, go to https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/

24 MINOCT 10
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Episode 28 - Behind the scenes of the 1066 Battle of Hastings re-enactment

Episode 27 - Exodus: the story behind reggae legend Bob Marley’s blue plaque in London

This week, we interview historian Howard Spencer to reveal the story behind the new blue plaque at the Chelsea house where reggae singing sensation Bob Marley lived in 1977 after fleeing from Jamaica. It was while living here that Marley and his band the Wailers finished recording songs for what became the Exodus album, including Waiting in Vain, Three Little Birds, One Love and Jamming. The house is also near the pitches in nearby Battersea Park where Marley and his bandmates played football. To find out more about our blue plaque scheme, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/

20 MINOCT 3
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Episode 27 - Exodus: the story behind reggae legend Bob Marley’s blue plaque in London

Episode 26 - Rescuing England’s largest collection of rare wall paintings

We’re joined in the studio by Senior Collections Conservator Rachel Turnbull and Senior Properties Historian Dr Steven Brindle to find out about a new project to protect and conserve England’s largest collection of historic wall paintings. Learn the stories behind these rare and fragile works of art, how much work is going to be involved in their conservation and the work underway to ensure these precious paintings don’t vanish forever. To find out more, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/wallpaintings

27 MINSEP 24
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Episode 26 - Rescuing England’s largest collection of rare wall paintings

Episode 25 - Building a Bronze Age roundhouse at Beeston Castle in Cheshire

We’re at Beeston Castle, one of the most spectacular medieval sites in England, to meet the team behind a project to build a replica of a Bronze Age Roundhouse in its grounds and bring its prehistory to life for visitors. Discover what goes into building a prehistoric home, the difference between an Iron Age and Bronze Age roundhouse and how it will be used once it has been completed. To find out more about Beeston Castle’s history or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston

23 MINSEP 19
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Episode 25 - Building a Bronze Age roundhouse at Beeston Castle in Cheshire
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