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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today: the evacuees who didn't go home. Making History listener Barbara Jones brings us the story of her mother who was evacuated from Birkenhead to Wales and didn't return. Tom talks to the author of "When the Children Came Home" Julie Summers.

Cade's Rebellion: Helen Castor joins Dr John Watts of Oxford University on a stroll over London Bridge to find out more about the Occupy movement of 1450 - John Cade's Kentish Rebellion.

Convoys: Listener Jonathan Bridge picks up on last week's story about the Atlantic convoys of 1812 and asks whether the Admiralty forgot the lessons of the war with the United States in the years leading up to the First World War? Pieter van der Merwe, General Editor at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich explains all.

Synchronised swimming: Professor Fred Gray joins Tom on Brighton sea-front to explain the unlikely beginnings of an unlikely Olympic sport.

Lilly Parr: Dr Jean Williams shines a light on some forgotten sporting women, such as footballer Lilly Parr, who the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are to feature in this Olympic year.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Tue 22 May 2012 15:00
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