31 episodes

Museums, galleries and historic houses are treasure troves of items from the past. But how easy is it at these sites to unknowingly just walk straight past an object with an incredible story to tell? In this podcast series host Ploy Radford talks to the experts at different museums, galleries and historic houses about the most underrated objects in their collection, and unveils some fantastic facts.

Past Matters Ploy Radford

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

Museums, galleries and historic houses are treasure troves of items from the past. But how easy is it at these sites to unknowingly just walk straight past an object with an incredible story to tell? In this podcast series host Ploy Radford talks to the experts at different museums, galleries and historic houses about the most underrated objects in their collection, and unveils some fantastic facts.

    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Lucy Jago

    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Lucy Jago

    Lucy Jago, author of 'A Net for Small Fishes', explains how a painting of Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset, resonated particularly with her as she was writing her novel, which follows Frances' involvement in the Overbury murder scandal that rocked the Stuart court.  

    • 39 min
    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Annie Garthwaite

    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Annie Garthwaite

    In one of three Christmas 2021 special episodes, host Ploy Radford talks to author Annie Garthwaite, about an illustration in the Neville Book of Hours that helped her capture the personality of Cecily of York,  the titular character in her debut novel 'Cecily', and an influential figure in the Wars of the Roses. You can see an image of the illustration on www.ployradford.com or the Past Matters social media channels. 

    • 45 min
    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Jennifer Saint

    Christmas 2021 special episode - interview with Jennifer Saint

    In one of three Christmas 2021 special episodes, Past Matters host Ploy Radford talks to author Jennifer Saint about an ancient Minoan object that helped inspire her debut novel Ariadne, which retells the famous Ancient Greek myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and Phaedra and Hippolytus from female perspectives. You can see an image of the object on www.ployradford.com or the Past Matters social media channels.

    • 27 min
    2021 special - interview with Dr Valerie Schutte

    2021 special - interview with Dr Valerie Schutte

    In this bonus special episode, host Ploy Radford talks to Tudor queenship expert Dr Valerie Schutte about that most underrated of Henry VIII's wives - Anne of Cleves and a book of hours she gifted Henry VIII in 1533 (now in the Folger Shakespeare Library). Listen in to hear more about how Anne actually had a quite powerful status in England post divorce, her relationship with Henry and his children, and about monk who really wanted Henry to take her back. 

    • 34 min
    2021 special - interview with Dr Ian Mortimer

    2021 special - interview with Dr Ian Mortimer

    In one of three special episodes, host Ploy Radford talks to Dr Ian Mortimer, historian and author of the hugely popular 'Time Traveller's Guide...' series about the rediscovery of the mirror in medieval Europe. This most basic of objects led to a revolution in the sense of self and can even be linked to a decrease in crime for a period...

    • 39 min
    2021 special - interview with Dr Ellie Woodacre

    2021 special - interview with Dr Ellie Woodacre

    In one of three special episodes, host Ploy Radford talks to royal studies specialist Dr Ellie Woodacre about a collection of books that belonged to Joan of Navarre, wife of Henry IV and stepmother to Henry V, of Battle of Agincourt fame. The books provide a fantastic starting part for a wider discussion about this little known English queen who left her children from her first marriage to move to England, had French royal blood, and was imprisoned by her stepson for witchcraft. 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

SFBLondon ,

Fab Podcast

Love this podcast of curators favourite objects in their museums and galleries. Instructive and interesting it’s a lovely listen.

FoggieRose ,

Wonderful!

A fascinating look at a wide range of historical objects. I loved this podcast because it gave me the chance to find out a huge amount of detail about objects that may well only have a line or two written about them in a museum. Ploy is really personable and builds a great rapport with each of the experts/curators. First on my list of places to visit is the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

GFT #1981 ,

Interesting, insightful, niche history geekdom

Well worth listening and hearing curators give their views on what they love and why

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