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Shutting In

Episode 17 of 30

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 April 2013

Shutting In: Episode seventeen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

In the eighteenth century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.

Produced by Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Gladstone's Land

    The photograph used to illustrate this episode was taken at Gladstone's Land, an authentically restored 17th Century Edinburgh tenement (© National Trust for Scotland.)


Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

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The head of the New Radiophonic Workshop retells the Noise series using only the sounds.

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