Segregation in wartime Britain
Helen Castor and her guests discuss the history stories that are alive today. Poet Sugar Brown hears about race in wartime, and what makes a good museum?
Helen Castor and her guests discuss the history stories that are alive today.
Seventy five years on from the first American bomber raid taking off from British soil to attack targets in Nazi-occupied Europe, poet Sugar Brown hears how the thousands of Yanks who arrived in the UK in 1942 were segregated by race - both when they were in uniform and when they were out on civvy street.
On the eve of the announcement of the Art Fund Museum of the Year, we hear from two retired ladies who, having completed a journey on every London bus route, are now visiting every museum in the capital. Iszi Lawrence asks them what makes a good museum.
Tom Holland meets with the author Peter Frankopan to hear how China's new Belt and Road initiative has its historical roots in the Silk Road which, for a millennium, connected the Korean peninsular and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.
And as a new TGV line opens to Bordeaux we ask what's 'must-see' in that fabulous city for the historian.
Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
Black and White in Wartime Britain
Jeremiah 'Sugar J' Brown travelled to Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley to find out more about racial segregation in the American military during World War 2. He spoke to David Cain, the Project Manager of the Heritage Lottery Funded Eighth in the East and Professor Lucy Bland.
Helen Castor talked to ‘mixed-race’ baby Terry Harrison who has also told his story to his local radio station BBC Leicester.