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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, and brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, and brings the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

    Day of reckoning: remembering the events of D-Day

    Day of reckoning: remembering the events of D-Day

    We’re joined by senior properties historian Paul Pattison and independent historian and author of Mission France, Dr Kate Vigurs, ahead of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We’ll reveal the story of the biggest landing by land, sea and air the world has ever seen, including how long it took to plan, the roles of Operation Neptune and Overlord and how the initial assault on northern France on 6 June 1944 helped to bring about the end of the Second World War.
    To learn about Operation Fortitude South and the D-Day Deception, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/history-and-stories/d-day-deception
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 266: Art and Ideals: Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group

    Episode 266: Art and Ideals: Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group

    This week, we’re discussing the lives, loves, work and legacies of two unconventional artists from the early 20th century. Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant were part of the Bloomsbury group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists in London – a group it was once said ‘lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles’. They rejected the past, embraced their present and expressed themselves in new ways on canvas, cementing their place in art history.

    Joining us to talk us through their stories and the London blue plaque that commemorates their achievements are English Heritage blue plaques historian Dr Rebecca Preston, art critic, author and current blue plaque panel member Andrew Graham-Dixon, and writer and historian Rosemary Hill.

    To learn more about the London blue plaques scheme, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques.
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    • 42 min
    Episode 265 - Stonehenge and the Major Lunar Standstill

    Episode 265 - Stonehenge and the Major Lunar Standstill

    A Major Lunar Standstill (MLS) – an astrological phenomenon which takes place once every 18.6 years, when moonrise and moonset are furthest apart along the horizon – is due to occur in 2024 and 25. It is believed that at least one MLS was marked during the early phase of Stonehenge and some academics believe there may be a connection between this and the placement of the Station Stones at Stonehenge.

    Joining us to discuss the theory and the project putting it to the test are English Heritage senior properties historian Dr Jennifer Wexler, emeritus professor of archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester Clive Ruggles and senior lecturer in archaeological modelling at Bournemouth University Dr Fabio Silva.

    To learn more about Stonehenge or find out how you can get involved, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/lunar-standstill.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 264 - Ask the Experts: Everything You Wanted to Know About Medieval Knights and Jousts

    Episode 264 - Ask the Experts: Everything You Wanted to Know About Medieval Knights and Jousts

    We’re joined by English Heritage curator of collections and interiors Dickon Whitewood and jouster, author and scholar of arms and armour Tobias Capwell to answer all the questions we received about medieval knights and jousts from English Heritage members and followers on our social media accounts. 

    Join us to discover the rules of a joust, what a frog-mouth helmet is, the weight of a suit of armour, the practicalities of going to the toilet while wearing one and much more. 

    To learn more about the history of tournaments, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/brief-history-of-knights-tournaments.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 263 - Saving our Paintings: Jan Wijnants at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

    Episode 263 - Saving our Paintings: Jan Wijnants at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

    This week, we’re joined by two English Heritage curators of collections, Eleanor Matthews and Louise Cooling, to mark the acquisition of a painting by Dutch artist Jan Wijnants, which has a close link with Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire.

    Join us to discover the story of this and some of the other Dutch masterpieces that can be seen at both Brodsworth Hall and Kenwood in London.

    To learn more about Brodsworth Hall and Gardens or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/brodsworth-hall.

    To learn more about Kenwood or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 262 - Behind the Lord Warden's Secret Door at Walmer Castle

    Episode 262 - Behind the Lord Warden's Secret Door at Walmer Castle

    This week we’re in Kent to take a peek into the hidden history of Walmer Castle, one of Henry VIII’s Device Forts on England’s southeast coast, where visitors are being invited to explore the private apartments of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports for the first time.

    We’re joined by curator of collections and interiors Kathryn Bedford to discover the history of the castle, why the Lord Warden was stationed here and what the job involves. Plus, we meet the children of a former Lord Warden to find out what it’s like growing up in one of England’s iconic fortresses.

    To learn more about Walmer Castle or plan a visit, go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/walmer. 
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

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Thorough & Entertaining

What a gem this podcast is! Thorough, entertaining, host and guests also have sense of humor. Love Charles and his honeyed, BBC radio-like voice

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Lesser known winter festivals

A brilliant podcast! Perhaps in another year connect these festivals with celebrations at English Heritage sites; if applicable. Please take up Michael’s idea of an entire podcast on Twelfth Night.

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Loved Seaside Episode!

Fascinating history of the British seaside and the spas/resorts. Entertaining and very informative!! Thank you.

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