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In each episode we ask one of the world's leading historians the tantalising question: "If you could travel back through time, what year would you visit?" They make their choice and then they tell us why. Presented by Sunday Times bestselling author Peter Moore.

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In each episode we ask one of the world's leading historians the tantalising question: "If you could travel back through time, what year would you visit?" They make their choice and then they tell us why. Presented by Sunday Times bestselling author Peter Moore.

    Chris Bryant: The Glamour Boys (1939)

    Chris Bryant: The Glamour Boys (1939)

    Most people know the story of Appeasement: of Chamberlain and Churchill. But very few people know the history of the 'Glamour Boys.' 
    In this episode of Travels Through Time, the MP Chris Bryant takes us back to 1939 and a time of huge tension in Europe. For years a group of MPs, derided by the establishment as the 'Glamour Boys', had been warning about the threat posed by Hitler and his expansionist policies. 
    They faced a stubborn government and an often shockingly antisemitic press. But these politicians were used to being outsiders, Chris Bryant explains, because of their sexuality.
    The scenes and characters discussed in this episode feature in Chris Bryant's new book, The Glamour Boys: The Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler which will be published by Bloomsbury on 12 November.
    Much more at our website: tttpodcast.com
    Show notes
    Scene One: 19th July 1939, Ronnie Tree’s house in Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster. The Glamour Boys gather at Ronnie’s house to plot their opposition to Chamberlain.
    Scene Two: The evening of 2nd August 1939, Chamber of the House of Commons. A debate about whether parliament should break for summer recess becomes unexpectedly heated.
    Scene Three: Any day in October 1939, Victor Cazalet’s Anti-Aircraft Battalion in Sevenoaks, known as ‘the monstrous regiment of gentlemen’ or ‘the buggers’ battalion’.
    Memento: The shield commemorating the death of MP Jack Macnamara that currently resides in the House of Commons Chamber.
    People/Social
    Presenter: Artemis Irvine
    Guest: Chris Bryant
    Producers: Maria Nolan
    Titles: Jon O
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    Podcast Partner: ColorGraph
    See where 1939 fits on our Timeline

    • 44 min
    Paul Cartledge: The Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE)

    Paul Cartledge: The Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE)

    In this episode of Travels Through Time, British ancient historian and academic Professor Paul Cartledge, takes us back to the 'Graeco-Persian Wars' to visit a major event in the history of western civilisation and culture.

    • 53 min
    Stuart Clark: The Space Age (1957)

    Stuart Clark: The Space Age (1957)

    In October 1957 the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 and the Space Age began. In this episode of Travels Through Time the astronomer and science writer Stuart Clark takes us back to the dramatic heart of this story.
    We look at Sputnik’s brilliant engineer Sergei Korolev, witness the reaction to the launch in the United States, and then we head to the office of the American journalist Alexander Marshack, whose fascination with the night sky was about to propel him into the depths of time.
    The scenes and characters mentioned in this episode feature in Stuart Clark’s new book, Beneath the Sky. To win a copy of this book as well as a striking colourised print from Jordan Lloyd of Colorgraph, sign up to our newsletter at tttpodcast.com
    Stuart Clark's Beneath the Night: How the stars have shaped the history of humankind (Faber) is out now and available on Amazon.
    Show notes
    Scene One: 4 October, 1957, with Korolev for the launch of the first satellite Sputnik 1
    Scene Two: October 1957, with future NASA engineer Homer Hickam in West Virginia as he looked up into the night sky, saw Sputnik and felt awe-struck inspiration
    Scene Three: Late 1957, To be in the office of American journalist Alexander Marshack in the aftermath of the launch, as he tried to put things together and make sense of why humans wanted to ’touch’ the night sky
    Memento: Korolev’s radio receiver
    People
    Presenter: Peter Moore
    Guest: Dr Stuart Clark
    Production: Maria Nolan
    Podcast partner: Colorgraph
    Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_
    See where 1957 fits on our Timeline

    • 54 min
    Michèle Mendelssohn: Making Oscar Wilde (1882)

    Michèle Mendelssohn: Making Oscar Wilde (1882)

    We have a very powerful image of Oscar Wilde today. He is remembered as a master of wit and style, and champion of the beautiful. But how was this identity constructed? How was he viewed by his contemporaries?
    In this episode the author and academic Michèle Mendelssohn takes us back to 1882 and Wilde's lecture tour of the United States of America to find out. This year marked, she explains, ‘the beginning of Wilde’s ascent into the great character that we now know.’
    The material covered in this episode of Travels Through Time comes from Michèle Mendelssohn’s latest book, Making Oscar Wilde, which was a book of the year in the Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement and a semi-finalist for the 2019 PEN America Biography Prize.
    For much, much more, head to https://www.tttpodcast.com/
    Show notes
    Scene One: 9 January 1882, Wilde’s first lecture, The Chickering Hall, New York
    Scene Two: 18 January 1882, Camden, New Jersey: Wilde visits the poet Walt Whitman
    Scene Three: 27 June, Biloxi, Mississippi. Wilde visits the Confederate leader Jefferson Davis
    Memento: Oscar Wilde’s fur coat


    People
    Presenter: Peter Moore
    Guest: Michèle Mendelssohn
    Production: Maria Nolan
    Podcast partner: Colorgraph
    Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_
    See where 1882 fits on our Timeline

    • 53 min
    Catherine Fletcher: The Beauty and the Terror (1492)

    Catherine Fletcher: The Beauty and the Terror (1492)

    In this episode Professor Catherine Fletcher takes us back to 1492 and the heart of the Renaissance. She takes us to the deathbed of one of the most powerful figures in Italy; to the Conclave of cardinals that was gathering to elect a new pope; and across the Atlantic to see Christopher Columbus approaching a New World.
    Catherine Fletcher is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
    The discussion in this episode of Travels Through Time is drawn from the events described in Catherine's new book, The Beauty and the Terror recently published in hardback by the Bodley Head in the UK and by Oxford University Press in the USA.
    For much, much more, head to https://www.tttpodcast.com/
    Show notes
    Scene One: In an ornate villa in Careggi on the outskirts of Florence Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’ de’ Medici lies dying.
    Scene Two: The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Pope Innocent VIII, whose territories spanned a swathe of the peninsula from Rome to Ravenna on the Adriatic coast, has died so the traditional process of conclave begins in the Sistine Chapel
    Scene Three: Friday 12th October, the Bahamas in the West Indies. Christopher Columbus sights land and arrives on the coast of an island called Guanahaní with his crew of explorers.
    Memento: A handful of Lorenzo’s extraordinary collection of antique jewellery.
    People
    Presenter: Peter Moore
    Interview: Violet Moller
    Guest: Professor Catherine Fletcher
    Production: Maria Nolan
    Podcast partner: Colorgraph
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    See where 1492 fits on our Timeline

    • 46 min
    Selma van de Perre: Liberation (1945)

    Selma van de Perre: Liberation (1945)

    Welcome to a different and very special episode of Travels Through Time. Today’s interviewee is the extraordinary Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter Selma van de Perre. At the age of ninety-eight, three quarters of a century after she was liberated from Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, Selma tells us her remarkable story and takes us back to the events of 1945.
    This interview took place on the eve of the British publication of Selma's memoir, My Name is Selma. We're very grateful to Selma and to Ariana Neumann, the New York Times Bestselling author of When Time Stopped, who conducted this interview on our behalf.
    As ever, much much more about this episode can be found at www.tttpodcast.com
    Show notes
    Scene One: 23 April 1945. A man from the Swedish Red Cross arrives at Ravensbrück. He offers the imprisoned women chocolate and cigarettes.
    Scene Two: Late April 1945, After leaving Ravensbrück for Sweden, the aid convoy is mistakenly attacked by the British.
    Scene Three: Late May/early June 1945. At a refugee “holiday”camp in Sweden. Selma is in the dining room and hears someone call her by her real name for the first time in years.
    Memento: A dressing gown, specially made by the Swedish family that Selma stayed with after being liberated
    People
    Presenter: Peter Moore
    Interview: Ariana Neumann
    Guest: Selma van de Perre
    Production: Maria Nolan
    Podcast partner: Colorgraph
    Follow us on Twitter: @tttpodcast_
    See where 1945 fits on our Timeline

    • 43 min

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