Martin Ellis is on the border of England with Wales to celebrate an iconic landscape feature which doesn't attract the attention that its history warrants. He asks "who was Offa and what made him build a dyke which has become the physical border between two nations?".
Martin is joined by the medieval historian and Secretary of the Offa's Dyke Association Ian Bapty.
Women in Medieval Gaelic Ireland
Joining Tom from Ireland is Dr Gillian Kenny from Trinity College in Dublin where she works on research into women in medieval Gaelic society. Remarkably, she has discovered that married women enjoyed a freedom in the Ireland of the middle ages that their English counterparts never had.
The WW2 Boatwomen's Scheme
Helen Castor is out on the cut finding out about the women who joined a scheme to keep the canals going during World War 2. But, has this middle-class history eclipsed a longer working-class one? Our interest was encouraged by listener Crispin Partridge who is the grandson of Molly Traill who started the scheme.
Helen went to the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire where she met up with Dr Wendy Freer and Curator Mike Constable.
Wendy Freer Wendy is the author of Women and Children of the Cut.