Making History

Roger Wilkes (series 1) / Sue Cook (series 2 onwards) helps listeners to uncover personal historical mysteries, whether a dark rumour about a great aunt, a strange hole in the garden or a curio on the mantlepiece.

Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

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Roger Wilkes (series 1) / Sue Cook (series 2 onwards) helps listeners to uncover personal historical mysteries, whether a dark rumour about a great aunt, a strange hole in the garden or a curio on the mantlepiece.

Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

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Roger Wilkes is on a personal historical trail with a listener.

Plus advice on how to go about your own investigations.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of your historical mysteries, meets the people who are making history themselves and gets the best advice on how to conduct your own research.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, meets the people who are making history themselves and gets the best advice on how to conduct your own research.

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Sue Cook returns with the series that gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook presents the series that gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook presents the last in the current series that gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Today the team visits the National Railway Museum in York to explore the history of our railways.

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Sue Cook presents the programme that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

This week, the search for an odd family link with T E Lawrence leads to the spot where he died.

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Sue Cook presents the programme that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

This week a listener from the New Forest leads the team back 900 years to the death of William Rufus and asks whether this was a tragic accident or cold-blooded murder.

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Sue Cook presents the programme that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

This week, a listener's search for Scottish ancestors leads to an analysis of the Highland Clearances.

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Sue Cook presents the programme that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

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Sue Cook presents the programme that investigates listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

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Sue Cook presents the last in the current series that investigates listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

120120040406

Sue Cook returns to look into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the misunderstood.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook returns to look into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the misunderstood.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook returns to look into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the misunderstood.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook looks into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the past.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to:

Making History

PO Box 3096

Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook looks into another batch of listeners' history queries, uncovering mysteries, and re-interpreting the past.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listeners' query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to:

Making History

PO Box 3096

Brighton BN1 1PL.

130520041116

Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Today, a listener's family link with one of the founding fathers of the ANC, and the human story behind the partition of India.

If there is a local legend, a quirk of history, a family curiosity or architectural oddity that has you puzzled, or if you can help with another listener's query, then contact Sue and the Making History team.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Today, Dilly Barlow visits the Big Pit in Blaenavon.

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Today, listeners review the Coventry Transport Museum, one of the finalists in this year's Gulbenkian Museum Awards.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Sue Cook gets to the bottom of historical mysteries, local legends, family curiosities and architectural oddities.

Write to Making History, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400 [National Rate]

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Nick Baker presents the programme which explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Listeners can write to Making History, BBC Radio 4, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1TU; Email making.history@bbc.co.uk; Telephone 08700 100 400.

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Vanessa Collingridge

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Writer Alison Weir gives some guidance to a Midland re-enactment troupe on the character of John Tiptoft, Renaissance man or 15th century murderer?

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge investigates a 19th-century attempt at a new order in Sheffield.

Vanessa Collingridge investigates the story of a 19th-century attempt at a new European order in Sheffield and finds out whether the city's steel industry provided the answer to an age-old navigational problem for Britain's sailors.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa visits Southall, Middlesex, where listeners ask about the story of immigration from East Africa, the pre-urban landscape and the origins of the doll's house.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Could a listener's hotel in North Wales once have been the court of the 13th-century Welsh leader Llewellyn the Great? Plus listeners caught up in the expulsions from Idi Amin's Uganda in 1972 revisit their personal experiences, and medicine historian Dr Elizabeth Hurren lifts the lid on the grim history of the undertaker.

Could a listener's hotel in North Wales once have been the court of Llewellyn the Great?

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Listener Bridget Long sets out to confirm a family story - that her late father played oboe in the premiere of a piece of work by Benjamin Britten while being held in a German POW camp.

Archaeologists at the University of Liverpool reveal how they know what Britons ate before the introduction of farming.

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Military historian Professor Richard Holmes explains how the militia worked in the 18th century, and Andy Cassell reports from Scotland on Britain's only private army.

Historian Professor Richard Holmes explains how the militia worked in the 18th century.

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Vanessa Collingridge explores ordinary people's links with the past.

Professor Mark Stoyle goes in search of the Civil War dead from the bitter siege of Lyme Regis.

Professor Mark Stoyle goes in search of the Civil War dead from the siege of Lyme Regis.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Could a leaf collection in Southport provide valuable historical research for climate researchers in the future?

Could a leaf collection in Southport provide valuable historical research?

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How the experiences of a painter and decorator from Sale in 19th-century China reveals more about the spread of religion in that period.

Plus the remarkable story of the listener who witnessed the German surrender at Monte Cassino.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

The story of John Bellingham, the only person to murder a British Prime Minister.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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One of the few surviving members of the British whaling fleet recalls life on South Georgia, and Professor Tom Williamson from the University of East Anglia reveals the rich history of a now almost lost hamlet.

One of the surviving members of the British whaling fleet recalls life on South Georgia.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Featuring a listener's search for justice for an ancestor who was a hero during a dramatic mine rescue in 19th-century Wales.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Is the skin that binds a book in Bristol the gruesome remains of a listener's ancestor?

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Vanessa Collingridge joins the residents of Mildenhall in Suffolk as they remember the early aviators who took part in an air race to Melbourne in 1934.

On the coast she meets the team from the University of East Anglia that is mapping Second World War defences, and near Norwich she sees the human remains that may well shine a new light on the world of Boudicca.

Residents of Mildenhall remember the aviators who took part in an air race in 1934.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

Are some green lanes and place names in southern England a reminder of an earlier Welsh invasion?

Are some green lanes and place names in southern England a reminder of a Welsh invasion?

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK that are making A History of The World, including a 9th-century bell in Northern Ireland and rosary beads found on the Mary Rose.

Vanessa Collingridge brings together objects from around the UK.

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Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World, including the nurse's uniform worn by one of only eight women to land with the troops on D-Day.

Vanessa Collingridge pulls together more objects from A History of the World.

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Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History Of The World.

Today, a writing tablet from Roman Cumbria and the original blueprint for garden suburbs.

Vanessa Collingridge hears about a writing tablet from Roman Cumbria.

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Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History Of The World

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Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History Of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History Of The World

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Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects that help tell A History of The World.

Vanessa Collingridge asks listeners to suggest objects to help tell A History of The World

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Vanessa Collingridge returns with a new series of Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

This episode features the nineteenth-century Somerset boot-maker who helped improve the lives of millions of amputees and changed the course of medical history; and in the North West a literary scheme that is using historical fiction to help readers unlock the past.

But is there a temptation for a good story to get in the way of historical facts?

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Producer: Nick Patrick

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With Vanessa Collingridge.

Including the Somerset bootmaker who changed medical history.

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A listener's search for the answer to a television quiz programme reveals how a new philosophy changed the physical face of Edinburgh back in the eighteenth century.

Dylan Winter travels to North Wales and Somerset to discover the history of lager in the UK 100 years before the lager lout, and we learn about a new English Heritage project that hopes to capture memories of the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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The history of lager and how a new philosophy changed Edinburgh.

With Vanessa Collingridge

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One of the country's leading experts on First World War archaeology enlists the help of Making History to help him solve a family mystery.

Andrew Robertshaw wants to find out exactly what went on in Roundhay Park in Leeds between 1914 and 1918.

Was it used as a training ground for soldiers detailed to serve at Ypres?

Meanwhile in Cornwall we unpack the story of a medicine chest that was used in the exploration of Africa.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Strange marks on the moors near Sheffield reveal a hidden military history.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Vanessa is in Lincolnshire finding out more about one of our most unusual spa towns and hearing from locals who think the preservation of buildings in England is too focussed on architecture, and not the wider heritage of the place that the building is in.

Richard Daniel visits Essex and Edinburgh to hear how Viking settlement was encouraged by global warming.

We also revisit some of the epic moments in the history of the British cavalry on the Continent and ask: how did the horses get there?

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

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When it comes to the preservation of buildings, is history losing out to architecture?

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Help us by taking part in a new project to record old advertising signs painted on the sides of buildings.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

BBC Radio 4.

PO Box 3096.

Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website:

www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

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Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website:

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Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, the little known secret army of 'coders' who were trained to listen to Russian military radio communications.

Such was the secrecy surrounding these operations that those taking part had little idea just how big an operation they were involved in and that it was all organised by the fledgling GCHQ.

We travel back to 16th century Warwickshire and the weeks after the birth of world-famous playwright William Shakespeare to ask why his mother didn't attend his christening and what this tells us about the place of women and their role in the family at this time.

We continue our journey to Cresswell Crags near Worksop in Nottinghamshire to find out how to identify flint tools and there's news of a new on-line archive which wants people to submit material they might have on Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

The little known story of a Cold War secret army.

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Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more questions and research sent in by listeners that help us to understand some of the bigger stories from our past.

Today, Vanessa travels to Musselburgh to find out more about the first modern battle on British soil and the first modern map that depicted it.

On 10th September 1547 the English and Scottish armies faced each other just a few miles to the east of Edinburgh in one of the key moments of what's become known as the War of the 'Rough Wooing'.

The English were using new, European-influenced, fighting techniques that included artillery; the Scots, however, relied on the medieval duality of man and horse.

They were dealt a heavy defeat.

However, despite this being: the last battle between Scots and English and the first 'modern' battle, there is little locally that commemorates it and few know much about it.

Vanessa talks with historian Dr Fiona Watson and then travels to the British Library in London to look at a map of the Battle of Pinkie that librarian Peter Barber believes is our first 'modern' map.

Also in the programme, listeners in a small town on the Essex/Suffolk border have got together for a community performance of song and speech which recalls bitter rural unrest in East Anglia in 1816 when the cry went up: 'bread or blood'.

We hear how an economic downturn, new technology and the return of thousands of farm-workers from the Napoleonic wars pushed this sleepy part of the world into open revolt.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents the series exploring ordinary people's links with the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, military historian Professor Richard Holmes reveals the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo and VanesSa Discovers how Jacobites ran riot in Manchester.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Professor Richard Holmes on the fate of English soldiers left in France after Waterloo.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, 'hard graft'- how labour camps were used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s; how walking became a Victorian entertainment; and celebrating our oldest cinema.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Vanessa Collingridge examines the labour camps used to deal with unemployment in the 1930s

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

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Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Contact:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

BBC Radio 4.

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Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

BBC Radio 4.

PO Box 3096.

Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

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Vanessa Collingridge presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

You can send us questions or an outline of your own research.

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History.

BBC Radio 4.

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Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

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Vanessa Collingridge presents more of your stories that change the way we see the past.

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Chickens, motorcycle gunners and graffiti

A new series and a team of new presenters.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listeners' questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Why would you boast about having a chicken in France, why is a motorcycle gunner wearing spurs and why should we thrilled about graffiti on a medieval church wall in rural East Anglia?

Each week, the Making History team: tackles these and many other questions; here's about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with the first in a new series of Radio 4's popular history magazine.

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Historian Helen Castor presents the programme that connects people with the past.

Today, a poem found amongst the personal papers of a listener's father reveals world-wide admiration for an Italian fascist whose death raises questions about his relationship with Mussolini.

Fiona Watson heads for a deserted Scottish island to uncover the 7th century equivalent of photo-journalism.

Tom Holland marks the 250th anniversary of the bloodiest riot outside of London in the 18th century.

And a listener's photograph of her father in the First World War brings to life the moment when motorised horsepower took over from the real thing.

Presenter: Helen Castor

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the popular history magazine.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with listeners' stories that change the way we see the past.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners' questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor talks to Professor Mark Stoyle of the University of Southampton about the moment that the reality of the civil war hit home for the English in 1642 and people had to chose between King or Parliament.

Forced out of London, King Charles 1st uses Commissions of Array to recruit supporters but as Mark Stoyle explains there were many places where these simply did not work.

Reporter Lizz Pearson meets listener Eileen Fardon who has come across letters from the Bloomfield family in Coney Weston in Suffolk to a son serving in France in 1918.

Within the letters is the revelation that the boys' mother travels to Abbeyville in France by herself after receiving a telegram that says he's been wounded.

When was the last trial of a witch in England?

Professor Owen Davies tells Helen Castor about the trial of Jane Wenham in 1712 and how a belief in witchcraft continued for more than 200 years despite laws that outlawed and further prosecutions.

In our 'Double Top Domesday' series, Professor Ian Rotherham at the University of Sheffield Hallam throws a dart and ends up near Barnsley where his reading of the local vegetation reveals a surprisingly wet landscape history.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Helen Castor and the team explore recent historical research and follow up listeners' questions and comments.

A listener's visit to a town in Kent leads us to the remarkable story of the Barbary Corsairs - but not the one we'd envisaged! The town in question is Faversham and it's there that a plaque to a local sailor rescued from pirates was spotted.

But, the link between the Barbary Corsairs and Faversham is much more than a rescued sailor.

One of the most feared pirates in the seventeenth century came from Faversham.

Helen Castor spoke with the author Adrian Tinniswood who explained the background to this story: how peace with Spain in the early 1600's threw thousands of mercenaries out of work and how many moved to North Africa to join with the pirates we know as the Barbary Corsairs.

There was no one more infamous than Issouf Reis who converted to Islam and made so much money that he lived in Tunis in a house made out of Marble and Alabaster.

Foreign correspondent Tom Gibb follows up last week's story about the Civil War 'Commissions of Array' which were used by the king to recruit followers in the fight with parliament.

He likens events in the seventeenth century in England to what he saw in Central America in the 1980's where most people simply didn't want anything to do with the conflict.

In Ipswich, Making History reporter Joanna Pinnock discovers a little-known side to the life of Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey.

Retired headteacher, John Blatchly has led a campaign to commemorate Wolsey in his home town with a statue.

Whilst raising funds, local people have been researching the life of Wolsey and have found that he was an important influence on England's fledgling education system - even proposing his own national curriculum.

In this week's edition of 'Double-Top Domesday' Professor Alun Howkins, a social historian from the University of Sussex, is at the oche.

His dart lands close to the Norfolk village of Old Buckenham and Alun soon finds evidence for a hidden radical past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor presents the programme that reflects listeners' passions for the past.

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Fiona Watson presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Fiona Watson with your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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Radio 4's popular history magazine series.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4's popular history magazine series.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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Is History In Crisis?:

TV seems full to bursting with history programmes, the bookshops are stuffed full of historic fact and fiction - and there are few decent radio programmes on the subject too! So, is history in crisis? That was one of the themes up for discussion at a conference organised by History Today and Tom went along to gauge the feeling of students and researchers.

Many were worried by perceived cutbacks in the humanities in universities but it was the breadth of teaching that concerned people most.

In short: too many Nazis and not enough Magna Carta, English Civil War or understanding of Welsh, Scottish and Irish history.

Unexplained Circles in Ashdown Forest:

A listener in Turkey has spotted 2 unexplained circles in Ashdown Forest whilst looking at satellite mapping (Grid References: TQ 45410 30887, E 545410.5 N 130887).

Helen Castor visited the team at the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they have been using a new laser technique called LIDAR as part of a community archaeology partnership which might explain more.

Krojanty 1939:

Dr Richard Butterwick from University College London explains how the myth that Polish cavalry charged Nazi tanks in September 1939 took hold and spread.

Bath Pump Room Band:

Lizz Pearson meets up with Robert and Nicola Hyman who have written a history of music at the Pump Room in Bath.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Tom Holland presents the programme that reflects listeners' passion for the past.

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A new series of 'Making History'.

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and Fiona Watson share the workload as we sift through listener's questions and research and turn to some of our leading historians for some answers.

Each week, the Making History team: tackles listeners questions; hears about the latest research and puts the Radio 4 audience at the heart of historical debate.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Listeners share their ideas and questions with some of the world's leading historians.

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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

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Two listeners head to the spot in the North Atlantic where a relative died in World War II

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today, the programme marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic by looking into our understanding of icebergs 100 years ago and asking whether the ship's designers can really be blamed for not knowing what we know now. Helen Castor is in Exeter at the home of the Met Office to uncover the tragic and little-known story of the men who manned the Atlantic weather ships in wartime. And a listener in Dorset needs your help with a project which marks the impact of Black American GI's during the Second World War.

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Presented by Tom Holland. Marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today: the brutality of war and revolution in Russia - but what was a man from the East Midlands doing there? Is the name "Wessex" as old as we think it is? Did Aztecs and North American Indians ever meet? And the serious politics that was behind fun and games in fifteenth century Scotland.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

Producer: Nick Patrick

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Helen Castor with more of your stories that are changing the way we see the past.

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Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Historian Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

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Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

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Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history magazine.

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Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Tom Holland presents the popular history magazine programme.

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Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Irish Deserters in the British Army: Making History listener Paddy Reid from County Dublin in the Irish Republic wrote to the programme with the story of his father who, aged 17, deserted from the Irish Army to fight for the British during the Second World War. Having served in India and Burma Paddy's father returned home to Ireland in 1946 and was then effectively barred from employment for the best part of 16 years because many regarded him as a traitor. As the debate about amnesty for these men goes on in Dublin, Tom Holland talks to Paddy and to Professor Brian Girvin who is the Co-Director of the Volunteers Project at University College Cork.

Chalk: Patricia Nash in Basingstoke is working on a project to ensure that every public right of way in Hampshire is marked on a definitive map. Her research has meant that she has looked at hundreds of old maps and she is amazed at the number of chalk workings that are shown. 'What were they for', she asks? Making History's Simon Evans joined archaeologist Dr Matt Pope on the South Downs to find out more.

Richard Cromwell: Den Cartlidge heard our recent programme about the English Civil War and the Long Parliament. He asks why Richard Cromwell's short tenure as Lord Protector is so often ignored? Tom Holland talks to Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol.

Abebe Bikali: Helen Castor talks to the author Simon Martin about the Ethiopian runner whose barefoot victory in the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960 paved the way for the African domination of distance running that we are familiar with today.

Producer: Nick Patrick

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Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Historian Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Historian Tom Holland presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listeners and leading researchers share their passion for the past.

Join in by contacting the programme:

Email: making.history@bbc.co.uk

Write to Making History. BBC Radio 4. PO Box 3096. Brighton BN1 1PL

Join the conversation on our Facebook page or find out more from the Radio 4 website - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/makinghistory

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Helen Castor with more listeners questions which help shed new light on the past.

The Klondike Gold Rush: Listener Mike Rouse wants to know more about the Britons who journeyed out west to make their fortune. Helen Castor talks to Professor Marjory Harper from the University of Aberdeen.

Gibbets: A project at the University of Leicester needs Making History listeners to help with a nationwide survey of gibbet sites. Lizz Pearson talks to Professor Sarah Tarlow to find out more.

1409 the year of three Popes: Helen talks to Professor David D'Avray about a moment in the early years of the fifteenth century when there was not one but three Popes.

Aerofilms: Tom Holland at the offices of English Heritage in Swindon discovers more about a unique archive of aerial photographs which stretch back to 1919 and are now available on-line.

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Tom Holland is in the chair for the first in a new series of programmes in which listener's historical and archaeological inquiries are showcased alongside the latest work being carried out in universities, archives and museums across the UK.

Joining Tom in the studio are Dr Lucy Worsley from the Historic Royal Palaces and Professor Owen Davies from the University of Hertfordshire. Helen Castor is in Lancashire to find out how local ghost stories help us understand the way people thought in centuries gone by.

Martin Ellis takes on the invading Normans to find out whether re-enactment is just dressing up or serious historical research and Professor Ronald Hutton takes us to the inspirational medieval castle in Wales that set him on a lifetime's path of making history.

Join in the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or by emailing making.history@bbc.co.uk

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