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History magazine that views past events through listeners' questions and the latest historical research. Tom Holland learns what a Royal Forest is and why it needn't have trees.

Tom Holland is joined in the Making History studio by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and Dr Lucy Robinson to discuss issues from our past that have been raised by new research carried out by listeners, heritage organisations and the academic community.

This week we find out exactly what a Royal Forest is and why it needn't have any trees, a gramophone recording from 1930 reminds us of the diplomatic brinksmanship going on in the inter-war years in an attempt to limit the strength of navies around the globe, and we hear about the power of personal diaries when Dorothy Sheridan from Mass Observation talks about how she became an historian.

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Produced by Nick Patrick
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28 minutes

Last on

Tue 15 Jan 2013 15:00


Tom Holland and guests discuss the ideas and events that are Making History.

Joining Tom in the Making History studio is the historian of the sixteenth century, Suzannah Lipscomb

Alongside Suzannah is the cultural historian Dr Lucy Robinson


The Five Power Conference

The Five Power Conference

A listener in Cambridgeshire, Peter Grieve, has an old 78 record of King George V opening the Five Power Naval Conference in 1930. Peter wants to know what the significance of this international summit was.

Listen to the speech

Making History consulted the naval historian Sam Willis


Further information:

US Department of State, Office of the Historian


Making Historians

We hear from Professor Dorothy Sheridan who worked at the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex for 34 years.

Mass Observation:

Mass Observation Online

Faber & Faber


Medieval Royal Forests

Listener Xanthe Parkin is interested in the origins of Royal Forests, particularly those in Scotland. Fiona Watson heads for an area near Comrie in Perthshire which was once one. She talks to the historian John Gilbert the author of Hunting and hunting reserves in medieval Scotland.

Useful links:
Buckinghamshire County Council