6 episodes

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.

Stuff The British Stole ABC Podcasts

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    • 4.9 • 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

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Abrojos ,

Brilliant and beautiful

My family being mainly Irish, I was ready to be angry about colonialism. And yes, this podcast addresses colonialism from several vantage points, yet Mark manages to do so with a very nice blend of good humor, honesty and wisdom. I know many people will love this podcast as much as I do. The stories are tightly edited, inhabited by thoughtful people, varied and wonderful.

Cjdatt ,

Fascinating history lessons

Eager for another season to drop so I can hear more about these artifacts and their histories. The host is engaging and the episodes are well written. Highly recommend.

wrin2 ,

Forever learning

Fantastic way to learn about stories that have been whitewashed out of western history lessons

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