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.
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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...
2021 is a census year, and to mark the occasion we've gone back through censuses past to explore how this data collection exercise came to be.
And to show how important the census is to historians, we've gone on an historical adventure to pick a name a random and explore their story through their census records. Meet Sarah Sinclair...
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Coaching Inns and Travel in the 18th Century
Back in the day travel was a slow business. In this episode we explore the story of the coaching inn, the ideal resting place for some food and to stretch your legs... every 10 miles of your journey.
We discuss highwaymen, women's safety on the road and the features to look out for if you think your local pub might be an old coaching inn.
It's pretty normal to us to be able to buy exotic fruit, but that hasn't always been the case. In this episode we explore the surprising history of the pineapple.
Find out how they came to Europe, why King Charles II wanted his portrait with one, and when you might want to hit the dancefloor with a pineapple on your arm.
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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