9 episodes

Welcome to High Street Tales. A Historic England podcast.
Starting in Autumn 2020, specially commissioned writers on seven high streets across England began work on High Street Tales: a new storytelling initiative by Historic England to uncover the hidden histories and celebrate the everyday magic of the high street. Working both online and offline where they could, they spoke with local people to uncover memories, reflections, personal histories and local legends on and around the high street. What emerged was a set of modern High Street Tales which explore the connection between history, memory and place and paint a vivid portrait of the high street.
High Street Tales is part of Historic England’s high street cultural programme; four years of nationwide cultural activity helping to make high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time. The programme is run by Historic England, in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
For more information go to HistoricEngland.org.uk/highstreettales or follow us on social @HistoricEngland or by using the hashtag #HighStreetTales.

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Welcome to High Street Tales. A Historic England podcast.
Starting in Autumn 2020, specially commissioned writers on seven high streets across England began work on High Street Tales: a new storytelling initiative by Historic England to uncover the hidden histories and celebrate the everyday magic of the high street. Working both online and offline where they could, they spoke with local people to uncover memories, reflections, personal histories and local legends on and around the high street. What emerged was a set of modern High Street Tales which explore the connection between history, memory and place and paint a vivid portrait of the high street.
High Street Tales is part of Historic England’s high street cultural programme; four years of nationwide cultural activity helping to make high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time. The programme is run by Historic England, in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
For more information go to HistoricEngland.org.uk/highstreettales or follow us on social @HistoricEngland or by using the hashtag #HighStreetTales.

    BONUS EPISODE | Meet the writers | High Street Tales

    BONUS EPISODE | Meet the writers | High Street Tales

    Step behind the scenes of High Street Tales as the eight writers talk about the ideas, people and places that inspired their stories.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North, and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town. 

    • 44 min
    Wednesbury | Flying | story by Maria Whatton

    Wednesbury | Flying | story by Maria Whatton

    In 'Flying', Lily May can only dream of having the confidence her friends all seem to have. On a special day when spirits stir, it’s Lily May who discovers a new side to Wednesbury, and herself.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North and Writing West Midlands, and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town.

    • 27 min
    Great Yarmouth | Under the watchful eyes of seagulls | story by Ellie McKinlay-Khojinian & Ligia Macedo

    Great Yarmouth | Under the watchful eyes of seagulls | story by Ellie McKinlay-Khojinian & Ligia Macedo

    In 'Under the watchful eyes of seagulls', writing duo Ellie McKinlay-Khojinian and Ligia Macedo explore the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North and National Centre for Writing and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town.

    • 23 min
    Hastings | Borrowed Ground | story by Robin Pridy

    Hastings | Borrowed Ground | story by Robin Pridy

    In Borrowed Ground, writer Robin Pridy has combined Hastings’ familiar sites, sounds and smells with the stories of local people, to turn the town’s Trinity Triangle into the backdrop for the fascinating life of Jackie Brigham.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North and New Writing South, and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town

    • 23 min
    Leicester | All the Secret Postcards | story by Rod Duncan

    Leicester | All the Secret Postcards | story by Rod Duncan

    In All the Secret Postcards, writer and photographer Rod Duncan describes a father reminiscing during a visit from his daughter. The past and present of his hometown Leicester are brought to life in his memories.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North and Writing East Midlands, and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town.

    • 16 min
    Woolwich | In Between Days | story by Merrie Joy Williams

    Woolwich | In Between Days | story by Merrie Joy Williams

    In her short story In Between Days, poet and novelist Merrie Joy Williams was inspired by the local community, who she spoke to discover this vibrant corner of London.

    You can download the ebook of all the stories at https://historicengland.org.uk/highstreettales 

    Made in conjunction with New Writing North and Spread the Word, and the series was produced by Sonderbug Productions with thanks to Darren Hayman for use of his song Pram Town. 

    • 25 min

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