Helen Castor meets two listeners who are about to embark on a journey to the exact spot in the North Atlantic where a relative died on a British ship sunk in World War II.
Historian Helen Castor presents a new series of Radio 4's popular magazine in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.
From Stirling to Southampton, Oxford to Orleans, the Making History team have been out and about in the last few weeks chasing down answers to questions posed in the emails and letters sent in by the Radio 4 audience: family research, forgotten diaries, architectural oddities, unexplained features in the landscape... all these, and more, add to a 'must-listen mix' of topics that range from the Aztecs to the obsession of a French railway enthusiast in Amersham.
In this week's programme: Helen meets two listeners who are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime to see for themselves the exact spot in the icy waters of the North Atlantic where a relative died on a British ship sunk by a British minefield in a little-known accident during the Second World War; fellow presenter Tom Holland heads down Route 66 to discover that mediaeval Native Americans loved the city-life just as much as their twenty-first century cousins; and a professional map-maker puzzles over some unexplained symbols that are making horticultural history in the Surrey countryside.
Producer: Nick Patrick
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