Making History - 01/05/2012
Helen Castor presents the history magazine programme in which listeners and researchers share their passion for the past. In this edition, the origins of May Day.
Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.
Today: the origins of May Day and why a pagan festival was adopted by nineteenth century socialists; how the people of Plymouth survived a royalist siege; Quaker relief in revolutionary Russia; and the desperate war of attrition between Italy and Austria in the Dolomites.
Producer: Nick Patrick A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.