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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. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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    • Society & Culture

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. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

    Soap

    Soap

    In this episode James and Sam explore the Unexpected History of SOAP, which is of course all about hazing, the British Royal Navy, profanities, marketing, the Spanish Flu, popular politics, freedom of speech, Speakers' Corner, and John Major's 'Soap Box' electioneering...and a little bit about coronavirus! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 42 min
    Homeschooling Episode 4 - Behind the Scenes at Histories of the Unexpected

    Homeschooling Episode 4 - Behind the Scenes at Histories of the Unexpected

    This is the FOURTH in this special series of Histories of the Unexpected Episodes geared towards homeschooling, as the United Kingdom and much of the globe enters into lockdown, schools close, and the world begins a period of isolation and educated online and at home. Over the next few weeks, we will endeavour to record a series of history podcast episodes catering for kids, parents and teachers, with the intention of providing interesting history material readily available to anyone interested in history, and with access to a device capable of receiving a podcast, and with access to the internet. It is aimed at audiences from 8-108!


    In this Histories of The Unexpected Homeschooling Episode FOUR, James offers A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT HISTORIES OF THE UNEXPECTED, uncovering the historical tricks of the trade that going into putting together each episode. Of interest to all, the episode also caters for sixth-formers, whose exams have been cancelled, to get them thinking about how historians interpret the past. As curriculum enrichment for all - whether you are university-history-degree-bound or not this essay teaches you the methods of: taxonomy; comparative and global history; object biography and the archaeology of things; historical causation (via G.R. Elton and Fernand Braudel), and micro history. There's something for everyone!! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 44 min
    Homeschooling Special - Episode 3 - History Projects for kids!

    Homeschooling Special - Episode 3 - History Projects for kids!

    This is the THIRD in this special series of Histories of the Unexpected Episodes geared towards homeschooling, as the United Kingdom and much of the globe enters into lockdown, schools close, and the world begins a period of isolation and educated online and at home. Over the next few weeks, we will endeavour to record a series of history podcast episodes catering for kids, parents and teachers, with the intention of providing interesting history material readily available to anyone interested in history, and with access to a device capable of receiving a podcast, and with access to the internet. It is aimed at audiences from 8-108!


    In this HoTU Homeschooling Episode, James offers VIA FATTENING DORMICE IN ANCIENT ROME and A PRECOCIOUS TUDOR SCHOOLBOY a trio of ideas for History projects for kids: 1. An oral history project for kids to interview grandparents. 2. How we used to live - making shoebox models of a room in a historic house. 3. Be a young Historian of the Unexpected - listen to one of our episodes to produce your own animation or podcast! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 43 min
    Homeschooling Special - Episode 2 - Digital Resources, Shrunken Heads and Viking Corpse Doors

    Homeschooling Special - Episode 2 - Digital Resources, Shrunken Heads and Viking Corpse Doors

    This is the SECOND in what promises to be a special series of Histories of the Unexpected Episodes geared towards homeschooling, as the United Kingdom and much of the globe enters into lockdown, schools close, and the world begins a period of isolation and educated online and at home. Over the next few weeks, we will endeavour to record a series of history podcast episodes catering for kids, parents and teachers, with the intention of providing interesting history material readily available to anyone interested in history, and with access to a device capable of receiving a podcast, and with access to the internet. It is aimed at audiences from 8-108!


    In this HoTU Homeschooling Episode, James takes you VIA VIKING ZOMBIES, CORPSE DOORS and CARELESS TUDOR CHILDREN on a whistle-stop tour of the incredible digital resources easily available online line for making history exciting for kids: educational websites, and virtual tours round museums, including a fabulous 360 degree tour of the terrific Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with its collection of SHRUNKEN HEADS. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    Homeschooling Special - Episode 1 - Introduction

    Homeschooling Special - Episode 1 - Introduction

    This is the first in what promises to be a special series of Histories of the Unexpected Episodes geared towards homeschooling, as the United Kingdom and much of the globe enters into lockdown, schools close, and the world begins a period of isolation and educated online and at home. Over the next few weeks, we will endeavour to record a series of history podcast episodes catering for kids, parents and teachers, with the intention of providing interesting history material readily available to anyone interested in history, and with access to a device capable of receiving a podcast, and with access to the internet. It is aimed at audiences from 8-108!


    In this first HoTU Homeschooling Episode, James introduces the idea behind the new mini-series, talks about the awakening of his own childhood interest in history, his experience over the last week or so of home-schooling his 8 and 10-year-old daughters, as well as the incredible resources easily available online line for making history exciting for kids: podcasts, virtual tours round museums, fabulous books, and brilliant websites, packed full of free resources.


    The episode also launches the campaign to make our budding young historians interested in oral history, by encouraging kids to create their own history by interviewing their grandparents about their own lives, memories and reflections on their past. Not only is this a great way to capture the imagination of young kids, but also at a time when elderly people, such as grandparents are self-isolating this is the perfect way to encourage social contact online with groups of people who are alone and isolated. All you need is some kind of device for communicating, such as a phone, tablet or computer and away you go. Looking forward to hearing about all your stories. Stay tuned for many more ideas! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 18 min
    Anger!

    Anger!

    Join the award winning Histories of the Unexpected team as Sam and James turn their minds to the history of ANGER! It's all about Captain Cook, running amok, understanding anger, harnessing it, taking your anger out on art and other iconoclasm, boxing, suffragettes, and the most astonishingly rude letter you will ever have heard (or read) ever - and it's from the sixteenth century! And as always with an Unexpected episode there's a whole lot more....You'll never think about anger in the same way ever again. Guaranteed! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 43 min

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5/5

It is great, I love it so much- there’s so much weird and wonderful information they uncover every episode 5/5

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Terrific fun & informative podcast for adults & kids alike

Wonderful podcast professionally produced.

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An exercise in the art of drivel

Don’t bother no sense. little content

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