Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough peruses historical hobbies. Read more
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough peruses historical hobbies.
Creatures of science
No wee beasties were harmed in the making of this podcast.
Bizarre audio inventions
Turn up the volume: this is the sound of innovation.
Beside the seaside
Tales of unusual happenings on the border between land and sea.
Mavericks and pioneers
Oddballs, risk-takers, ground-breakers. Do not try this at home.
The magic of small things
Because little things can have a big impact.
The power of paint
Five colourful moments in history, told through the power of pigment
Message in a bottle
Five tales of unusual communications sent by creative means.
Stand like a Tudor; smell like a Georgian
How to blend in with the locals - in any era.
There will now be a short intermission
We're taking a short break - but we'll be back soon.
Talking dogs and dog-headed men
Picture the weirdest creature you can imagine. Now times by ten.
Viking hipsters and Tudor yoga
Looking for the next big trend? Consult the history books.
A brief history of youth
Relive those carefree days with Viking children and Roman students.
Ancient trees and forest virgins
If you go down to the woods today...
A historical tasting menu
Tuck in to a smorgasbord of delights from our foodie forebears.
A classical century
1920s rap, space opera and classical composers accused of espionage.
Admire some of history's most ambitious design projects.
This is how they did IT in the olden days.
A glimpse of paradise
Experience visions of Utopia, some imagined; some real.
Treading the boards
Come and join us for a night at the theatre.
Marvel at the lengths folk will go to in order to make their music heard.
Here are some tips from the past for the optimum sporting performance.
A Time Traveller's dictionary
Travel through time and enhance your vocabulary.
Whatever the weather
Battles on ice, apocalyptic storms and a historical cloud craze.
Can you solve these five bite-sized brainteasers from history?
Etheric vampires, Roman curses, and powerful fertility symbols...
Objects of desire
Take a look at some of history's finest - and weirdest - collectors' pieces.
Smoke and mirrors
People, and elephants, are not always what they seem.
Keeping up appearances
Get ready to face the world.
Feasts, festivals and Fat Tuesdays
Cream buns, holiday parks, alcoholic dragons: who doesn't love a festival?
Five objects that tell the story of the River Thames
Get your boots on and join mudlark Lara Maiklem as she discovers history in river mud.
Celeb-spotting stories: four tales of musical celebs from history
Snooping through the spy glasses of history for scoops on musical celebs from the past.
A whistle-stop tour of four intriguing instruments
The ear-catching stories behind four intriguing musical instruments.
A quartet of musical superwomen
They mightn't be sporting spandex, but these four musical women deserve superhero status.
Slave songs, pit songs, songs in dark times
Four stories of the power of music in times of hardship.
Myths, legends and supernannies
Four musical adventures featuring knights, viking saints and the world's greatest nanny.
Folk music and musical folk
Four folky tales of unsung heroes, bladder fiddles and communal kitchenware bashing.
Lost at sea
Four salty stories of seafaring music and musicians from around the British Isles.
Four glorious eccentrics
Eleanor discovers the bizarre lives of four pretty zany musicians.
Music and food: a match made in heaven
Ice cream, honey and... uranium ore: four gourmet stories of music and food.
Carols, carouses, and ceasefires: Christmas special
Discover the strange stories behind the music of Christmas.