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History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is harder to find.

On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives of the UK that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories...if you know where to look.

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History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is harder to find.

On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives of the UK that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories...if you know where to look.

Follow us on Twitter @UkNatArchives

    Public Health Crises: Exploring Britain’s Medical History

    Public Health Crises: Exploring Britain’s Medical History

    Over the last 600 years Britain has faced its fair share of public health crises. In this episode we investigate the Black Death, cholera, the 1918 influenza, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. How did pandemics and epidemics in the past affect real people? How did they change Britain? Find out more: https://bit.ly/3bj9r8f

    Documents: C 54/185 m.20d; CAB 24/71/8; E 163/22/2/60; MH 13/53; PC 1/109; PREM 19/1863 

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Public Health Crises: Exploring Britain’s Medical History

    Public Health Crises: Exploring Britain’s Medical History

    Over the centuries, Britain has faced its fair share of public health crises and recently we have seen an increase in interest in our records about them. As we near the one year mark since the first UK lockdown due to COVID-19, we’ve made a special bonus episode to investigate four stories of epidemics and outbreaks from 600 years of British history.

    • 1 min
    Victorian Cats, Medieval Hospitals, and Frontline Nurses

    Victorian Cats, Medieval Hospitals, and Frontline Nurses

    Illustrator Louis Wain changed the way we think about cats and their welfare. Richard, better known as Dick, Whittington's charity helped ensure St. Bart’s hospital's survival. Brave Nellie Spindler lied about her age to serve as a frontline nurse. In our final episode on heroic deeds, we tell their stories.

    Documents: C 66/434; COPY 1/221; COPY 1/229; SC 8/121; WO 95/345/2; WO 399/7850.
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    • 41 min
    Smugglers, Spies and Dragon Slayers

    Smugglers, Spies and Dragon Slayers

    A spy named Pearl jumps from a plane under cover of night. A Thai shopkeeper named Boonpong risks everything for strangers from the other side of the world. A knight named George defies an Emperor and kills a dragon. In this episode, we’re sharing stories of individuals whose heroic deeds made an impact during wartime.

    Documents: C 66/234; E 101/496/17; HS 9/355/2, HS 9/356; WO 325/35; WO 361/1701
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    • 44 min
    Civil Rights & Public Health

    Civil Rights & Public Health

    In 1921, W.E.B. Du Bois sent a letter to Winston Churchill which illuminates the Pan-African and anti-colonial activism of the period. Then, a design registration record from the Victorian era asks the question, “can design improve health?” We follow the paper trail of a doctor who believed it could.
    Documents: BT 45/5/950; BT 45/5/973; CO 323/878; MH 13/196/81
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    • 39 min
    Trailer: Heroic Deeds

    Trailer: Heroic Deeds

    In this three-part series we’re exploring the theme of heroic deeds. You’ll hear about spies parachuting into enemy territories and knights slaying dragons, but you’ll also hear about health inspectors improving the living conditions of poor Londoners and leaders organising for change. In this series you’ll hear famous names alongside those of everyday people from history who made a difference.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Great podcast 😀really enjoyable

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History, Archives, and Experts - what's not to like!

These podcasts are great! They provide a fascinating insight into history, which is driven by the archival record. An easy listen packed with lots of history.

Lolly pops 567 ,

Fascinating and moving

So interesting to hear the reality of what spies do and the sort of people they are. The story of Noor Khan was so moving. What a strong, principled woman. I don’t think I could have done what she did, and I’m so grateful for the sacrifice she and her colleagues made.

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