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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 January 2013

Helen Castor is joined in the studio by leading historians and writers to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

Contact the programme: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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

  • Guests:

    Joining Helen in the Making History studio is the military historian Dr Tim Bowman from the University of Kent and the environmental historian Dr Chris Pearson from the University of Liverpool.
  • This edition's stories: Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013

    Dr Billy Kelly, Tom Holland & Dr Eamonn O’Ciardha on the Peace Bridge in Derry

    Tom Holland visits Derry to discover a history that is not quite as black and white as the recent past might suggest. He meets up with the bass guitarist of The Undertones Michael Bradley and Dr Eamonn O'Ciardha and Dr Billy Kelly both from the University of Ulster.


    Further information:
    Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013
    Dr Eamonn O'Ciardha
    Dr Billy Kelly

  • Airedale Jack

    Listener Ann Griffiths in Somerset re-tells the story of Airedale Jack who, it is said, saved a battalion of the Sherwood Foresters on the Western Front in 1918.


    Further Information
    Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
    Sniffing the Past

  • Berlin Airlift

    The charity Legasee is involved in an oral history project which is gathering information about the Berlin Airlift. Did you take part, what are your memories? Do get in touch.

  • Making Historians

    We hear from Peter Barber the Map Librarian at the British Library

    British Library - Map Library


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