16 episodes

In Tales of Ordinary Times we discover the stories from history that you didn't know existed. There are (almost) no kings and queens here, just the extraordinary ordinariness of everyday life.

Episodes range from the creation of public parks to why you used to be able to rent a pineapple and everything in between.

Presented by historian Dr Ruth Colton and self-declared history superfan Emma Richmond, the podcast is two friends' journey through some of the most fascinating parts of the past.

Tales of Ordinary Times is brought to you by Our Stories. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Our Stories research and curate exciting and thought provoking exhibitions.

https://www.ourstories.co/

Cover art by Curate Your Curious

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In Tales of Ordinary Times we discover the stories from history that you didn't know existed. There are (almost) no kings and queens here, just the extraordinary ordinariness of everyday life.

Episodes range from the creation of public parks to why you used to be able to rent a pineapple and everything in between.

Presented by historian Dr Ruth Colton and self-declared history superfan Emma Richmond, the podcast is two friends' journey through some of the most fascinating parts of the past.

Tales of Ordinary Times is brought to you by Our Stories. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Our Stories research and curate exciting and thought provoking exhibitions.

https://www.ourstories.co/

Cover art by Curate Your Curious

    Women of the Guardian

    Women of the Guardian

    In a change to our planned episode (now coming next week) we're heading deep into the archives of The Guardian newspaper to uncover three extraordinary women.

    We're joined this week by Dr Janette Martin, Modern History Archivist at John Rylands Research Institute and Library. The John Rylands cares for the Guardian archives from when the paper was based in Manchester.

    2021 marks the bicentenary of The Guardian, and the John Rylands are about to launch an exhibition exploring stories from the newspaper's 200 year history.

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    Gertrude Powicke

    Gertrude Powicke

    You might not know her name, but Gertrude Powicke was a truly remarkable woman. One of the first female university graduates, she went on to campaign for women's suffrage. In World War I, she strove to play her part and dedicated herself to helping refugees whose lives had been turned upside down by conflict.

    In this episode, we're joined by Kate Turner, co-founder and co-director of Our Stories Heritage.

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    Series 2 update

    Series 2 update

    Hi everyone, we know you were expecting us back in late August, but there's going to be a bit of a delay. There are lots of exciting things going on for both of us work-wise and personally, and unfortunately that means we aren’t able to deliver the second series of the podcast as planned.
    We’re still looking to come back, so we’ll update you when we have another announcement to make. While you're waiting, do let us know what you would like to hear about in series 2, and catch up with us @ourstorieshrtg on Twitter and @OurStoriesHeritage on Instagram.
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    Independence Day in the North West of England

    Independence Day in the North West of England

    Happy Independence Day! But wait, why would we be celebrating Independence Day over here in the UK?
    The village of Warton in North Lancashire has a very special connection to the most famous of American revolutionaries, General George Washington. Today, we're chatting to Dr Sam Edwards, Reader in Transatlantic History at Manchester Metropolitan University, about the Warton-Washington connection and how these grassroots connections influence the 'special relationship'.
    For more of Our Stories' work visit www.ourstories.co
    Follow us on Twitter @ourstorieshrtg
    Find us on Instagram @ourstoriesheritage

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    Cold War Nostalgia

    Cold War Nostalgia

    The Cold War was a time of international political tension, conflict and the ever-present threat of nuclear Armageddon. So why does a small community on Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands, look back on the Cold War as the Good Old Days?

    In this final episode of the series, we're joined by Dr Steven Leech to explore the fascinating story of Unst's Cold War past.

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    The Year Without A Summer

    The Year Without A Summer

    In a year where we could all do with a nice summer, what better topic than the year Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death?

    The summer of 1816 was bleak across Europe and much of north-eastern America. There were frosts in June, months of solid rain and devastating impacts on harvests and food supply. The cause? The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora...

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