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Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

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    • 4.6 • 39 Ratings

Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

    Shots Fired

    Shots Fired

    The Gweagal shield is just one of the things James Cook and his shipmates took from the local people when they landed in Botany Bay. Why has it become the most contentious?

    • 32 min
    The Headhunters

    The Headhunters

    The arrival of Europeans in NZ kicked off a trade in Mokomokai — tattooed heads but these colonial souvenirs have their own complex history.

    • 28 min
    Best.Named.Dog.Ever

    Best.Named.Dog.Ever

    Don’t let their fluffy hair and judging eyes fool you, Pekingese dogs are hiding a secret. Their history encompasses torture, hubris, war, and some very long sleeves. Most importantly these dogs — well, one in particular — may hold the key to understanding the sometimes vexed relationship China has with the West.

    • 28 min
    Blood Art

    Blood Art

    What if your doorstop was evidence of brutal mass murder and wholesale theft? 

    • 30 min
    A Tiger and a Scream

    A Tiger and a Scream

    How a toy tiger became the symbol of a struggle between India and its former British colonisers

    • 32 min
    INTRODUCING —Stuff The British Stole

    INTRODUCING —Stuff The British Stole

    Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Blabla4567ryyui ,

Best podcast I’ve found

I’ve loved listening to these really well produced podcasts, each telling a different story, punctuated with twists and turns that leave you stopping and questioning what you think of colonialis. Bravo Mark, these are great. Please make series two! And this is coming from a Brit.

pissedoff2001 ,

Fascinating stories

These little gems put the context around the stuff that was stolen in an enjoyable and intelligent way. They’re not guilt trips, just the stories with input from a variety of experts. Having loved Tipoo’s Tiger from an early age (once I stopped being frightened of it!) and visited his palace in Mysore I knew a bit about him but this gave some great extra background.

jl34930 ,

Another great series by Marc fennell

Really informative and interesting series, Marc has such a great style. It’s actually made me ashamed of my British ancestors, we can’t change the past but maybe we can change the future.

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