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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.

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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

    Episode 140 - Burning ambitions: The story of Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    Episode 140 - Burning ambitions: The story of Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. We’re joined by Properties Historian Andrew Roberts and Volunteer Manager, Sophie Hearn to learn about the history of the furnace, its place within England’s steel-making history and how its story is being brought back to life for visitors today.

    For more details about Derwentcote Steel Furnace or to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/derwentcote-steel-furnace

    • 33 min
    Episode 139 - Thomas, Earl of Lancaster and Dunstanburgh Castle

    Episode 139 - Thomas, Earl of Lancaster and Dunstanburgh Castle

    Dunstanburgh Castle, a huge and jagged ruin on the Northumberland coast, was almost entirely the creation of one man – Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. Little known today, he was immensely wealthy, powerful and controversial. He fell out with rivals, supporters and family, was executed for treason, and nearly made a posthumous saint. We’re joined by Head Historic Properties Curator Dr Jeremy Ashbee to discover the story of Dunstanburgh and what its landscape and buildings can tell us about Thomas's extraordinary career.

    For more details about Dunstanburgh Castle or to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/dunstanburgh

    • 59 min
    Episode 138 - At home with London’s rock and pop stars: introducing the blue plaque supergroup

    Episode 138 - At home with London’s rock and pop stars: introducing the blue plaque supergroup

    On the 30th anniversary of the death of Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, we’re joined by English Heritage’s blue plaque historian Howard Spencer to discover the story behind Mercury’s blue plaque in Feltham, West London, along with those commemorating a supergroup of other rock and pop stars at their former residences across the capital. From Mercury to Marley and Lennon to Hendrix, discover the stories of these late greats and the places they called home.

    For more details about our blue plaques scheme, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/blue-plaques

    • 29 min
    Episode 137 – The history of Poppy Day

    Episode 137 – The history of Poppy Day

    As we mark Remembrance Day, we’re joined by historian Dr Fiona Reid and English Heritage audience development manager Rachel Morrison to look back the armistice, remembrance, and how the red poppy became a symbol of those who gave their lives in conflicts since the First World War. We’ll also find out how and where the commemorative poppies are made today – 100 years since the first poppy appeal – and what’s happening at Marble Hill in London to commemorate its wartime history.

    For more details about Marble Hill or to plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/marblehill

    • 24 min
    Episode 136 – Who were the Romans of Britannia?

    Episode 136 – Who were the Romans of Britannia?

    This week we’re getting to know the Romans of Britain, or to use Latin, ‘Britannia’. But who were the Romans living and working in Britain at that time? Where had they come from? And how did their way of life fit in with existing British culture? Joining us to answer these questions and more are English Heritage properties historian, Andrew Roberts and curator, Cameron Moffett.

    To learn more about life in Roman Britain, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/learn/story-of-england/romans

    • 33 min
    Episode 135 – Medieval medicine, magic and superstition

    Episode 135 – Medieval medicine, magic and superstition

    This week we’re investigating some of the medieval beliefs and practices that existed to keep illness and death at bay in the Middle Ages. At a time when good health was far from guaranteed, discover how many people turned to England’s monasteries as the healthcare providers of the day, while others put their faith in magic, miracles and the supernatural. Joining us to reveal more are senior properties historian, Dr Michael Carter and Professor Catherine Rider from the University of Exeter’s Department of History.

    To watch our video about medieval medicine, go to youtu.be/fuEuaSmDOec

    • 41 min

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