In this episode the author and journalist Philip Stephens takes us back to a crucial month in post-war British politics. December 1962, he explains, set Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world for the next half century.

Featuring in this episode is the elderly British prime minister, Harold Macmillan; the charismatic US president John F Kennedy; and the trenchant French statesman Charles de Gaulle. In this one month these three men would set out their contrasting visions of what kind of country Britain would be.

The scenes, characters and storylines in this episode of Travels Through Time all feature in Philip Stephen’s new book, Britain Alone: the path from Suez to Brexit (Faber)

For much, much more, including the chance to win a hardback copy of Britain Alone and to see a fascinating colourised picture of JFK, head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show Notes

Scene One: 5 December 1962. Dean Acheson’s speech to the cadets of the Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Scene Two: 15 December. Macmillan's visit to Rambouillet to meet with Charles de Gaulle.

Scene Three: 19 December 1962. Macmillan travels to the Bahamas to meet President John F Kennedy.

Memento: The text for Dean Acheson’s ‘West Point Speech.’

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In Britain the winter of 1962/3 was astonishingly cold. The snow began to fall on Boxing Day and it did not thaw until Easter. In this episode the writer Juliet Nicolson takes us back to this white, frosty world.

Against a backdrop of snow and ice Nicolson describes the personal stories that were playing out at that time. There was the desperation of Sylvia Plath in London, the magical music of the Beatles in Liverpool and the political shock of the Profumo Affair.

In this episode Nicolson evokes all these stories and she also takes us back inside her primary school, where she was being taught by the most wonderful English literature teacher imaginable.

The scenes, characters and themes discussed in this episode all feature in Juliet Nicolson's new book, Frostquake, which is newly-published in hardback.

For much, much more, including a fascinating colourised picture of the snow in 1963, head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show Notes

Scene One: January 1963. Juliet Nicolson’s school in London

Scene Two: 12th February, 1963. The McCann’s sitting room in Oldham after the Beatles concert at the Astoria ballroom

Scene Three: 22nd March 1963. Public Gallery in the House of Commons

Memento: The contemporary notes made by Penelope Fitzgerald for her novel  ‘Offshore’

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In this Valentine’s Day special of Travels Through Time we find out how women’s love lives were being transformed in the year 1966. 

Our guest is Professor Carol Dyhouse, a social and cultural historian and emeritus professor at the University of Sussex. Dyhouse takes us on a fascinating, uplifting tour of the sixties that ends with us sniffing fine perfume in a Scottish department store.

Dyhouse is the author of several books about women’s history from education and feminism to glamour and consumerism. Her most recent work Love Lives: From Cinderella to Frozen is soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

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Show notes

Scene One: A visit to Gretna Green

Scene Two: Sitting in on deliberations of the Latey Committee on Age of Majority

Scene Three: Witnessing the opening of Brook Advisory Centre in Birmingham

Memento: Two bottles of scent from the perfume department at Jenners in Edinburgh. 

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This week we're heading to 1643 - a year of conflict and strife in the English Civil War.

Our guest is the distinguished historian of science, Professor John Heilbron. Heilbron opted to travel back to Royalist Oxford, a university city teeming with action.

Amid it all he finds a stranglely unstudied history lurking in the colleges. It's a story that is captured in a painting of a young scholar and his tutor, who sits beside a copy of Galileo's Dialogues

See the painting discussed in this episode here.

The characters and stories in this episode feature in JL Heilbron's new book, The Ghost of Galileo, which has been recently published by Oxford University Press.

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Show notes

Scene One: Sir John Bankes arrives in Oxford, probably in February of 1643

Scene Two: Summer 1643. Young John Bankes arrives in Oxford to begin his studies at Oriol College

Scene Three: The painter Francis Cleyn comes to Oxford on business.

Memento: Three copies of the original edition of Galileo’s Dialogue (current market value $1m each)

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The bestselling novelist Kate Mosse kicks off our new season of recordings with this dramatic trip back to sixteenth-century Paris.

The summer of 1572 was supposed to be a joyous one for Parisians. After years of strife a wedding was planned and the best was expected. The events of that August, though, would be remembered for quite different reasons.

Find out more with this conversation between Kate and Artemis. 

The material covered in this episode of Travels Through Time comes from Kate Mosse's new novel, The City of Tearswhich is recently published in hardback by Macmillan

For much, much more, including a full transcript, head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show notes

Scene One: Hôtel de Bourbon, Paris, June 1572, where the Queen of Navarre is lodging.

Scene Two: Catherdal de Notre Dame, Paris, 18th August, for the wedding of Maguerite de Valois to Henry de Navarre.

Scene Three: Rue de Béthisy in the early hours of 24th August, St Bartholomew’s Day, as the massacre begins.

Momento: A steel Huguenot cross. 

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January 24, 2021

Season Four Trailer

We're very excited to let you know that the fourth season of Travels Through Time begins on Tuesday 26 January.

Our first episode will be with the bestselling novelist Kate Mosse. Following Kate will be a brilliant range of historians, novelists, poets and others - all of them full of expertise and enthusiasm for the past.

For more, check out tttpodcast.com. // See you soon!

December 15, 2020

Pen Vogler: A Christmas Feast

In this indulgent Christmas Special with the author Pen Vogler, we forego the tradition of our usual format and opt to roam freely across the centuries.

Instead of looking at one year in isolation, we examine one single day. That, of course, is the brightest, bonniest, most edacious date in all the Christian calendar: 25 December.

Pen Vogler is the author of the expertly researched, Scoff, A History of Food and Class in Britain, A multiple book of the year, Scoff has been described by Jay Rayner as 'A brilliant romp of a book that gets to the very heart of who we think we are, one delicious dish at a time.'

For much, much more (and the chance to win some books!), head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show notes

Scene One: Christmas, 1524

Scene Two: Christmas, 1660s

Scene Three: Christmas, 1843

Memento: Samuel Pepys’s Venison Pasty

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Charles Spencer takes us back exactly nine centuries to one of the most shocking maritime disasters in English history: the sinking of the White Ship.

Down with the White Ship on 25 November went King Henry I's legitimate son, William Ætheling, and many leading nobles. The fallout was both immediate and long-lasting. For decades afterwards England would be lost to civil war.

The material covered in this episode of Travels Through Time comes from Charles Spencer's latest book, The White Ship, Conquest, Anarchy and The Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream.

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Show notes

Scene One: 1120, Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. Henry I grants Geoffrey de Clinton land to build a castle

Scene Two: 25 November 1120. The White Ship sinks at Barfleur

Scene Three: Late November. The New Forest. King Henry learns of the disaster

Memento: The figurehead of the doomed White Ship

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We meet the perfect guest for our format: the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Time Travellers Guide series, Ian Mortimer.

Ian guides us back to 1825 for a tour of the concert halls, stately homes and new industrial beginnings of one of the best-loved eras in British history: the Regency Period.

The material covered in this episode of Travels Through Time comes from Ian Mortimer’s latest book in his time traveller series, The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain.

For much, much more, head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show Notes

Scene One: 21 December 1825, collapse of Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire.

Scene Two:  7 September 1825 (Stockton to Darlington Railway)

Scene Three: 21 March 1825, The Argyll Rooms, Regent Street, London (first British performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony)

Memento: Byron's skull cap

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Today the historian and literary scholar Dr Joseph Hone takes us back to the dangerous, scheming politics of the reign of Queen Anne.

We talk about the long legacy of the fraught seventeenth-century. We follow the twists and turns of a mystery about a scandalous pamphlet, and we meet the brilliant man who many consider Britain’s first prime minister: Robert Harley.

The material covered in this episode of Travels Through Time comes from Joseph Hone’s new book, The Paper Chase: The Printer, The Spymaster & the Hunt for the Rebel Pamphleteers, published by Chatto & Windus.

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Show notes

Scene One: 7 February 1711, the Bell Tavern, Westminster. A club of disgruntled Tory backbenchers are plotting against Robert Harley.

Scene Two: 8 March 1711, the Cockpit in Whitehall. A suspected French spy is being interrogated by members of the cabinet when he attempts to assassinate Harley.

Scene Three: 26 April 1711, the floor of the House of Commons. Harley makes a grand reappearance in Parliament.

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In this episode the distinguished historian Professor Judith Herrin takes us back to the year 500 AD. We visit Constantinople in the east, the old crumbliing capital at Rome and then we head to the enchanting city of Ravenna.

As Rome's importance waned, Ravenna's was set on a steep upward trajectory. By the year 500 the Ostrogoth King Theoderic had made it his capital and had employed hundreds of specialist craftsmen to build churches that glorified his Arian Christian faith.

The characters and scenes that feature in this episode are described in much more detail in Judith Herrin's acclaimed new book: Ravenna, Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe

For much, much more, including a series of fabulous images of Ravenna, head to our website: tttpodcast.com

Show notes

Scene One: Constantinople. The Emperor Anastasius rules over a large and expanding capital city. 

Scene Two: Rome. Theoderic arrives in Rome, his first and only visit to the city. 

Scene Three: Ravenna: Theoderic returns to his capital city, now the most important centre of government in Italy from which he rules a much larger kingdom. 

Memento: A leaf of the Gothic Bible, written in silver and gold ink on special purple dyed parchment

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On the eve of Remembrance Day the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Damien Lewis takes us back to 1944 and to a series of audacious operations deep behind enemy lines in the aftermath of D-Day.

The characters and scenes that feature in this episode of Travels Through Time arise out of Damien Lewis's new book, SAS: Band of Brotherswhich in newly published in hardback.

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Show notes

Scene One: June 1944, France, a drop-zone twenty miles to the south of Paris.

Scene Two: Paris, July 1944, France, La Ferte Alais drop zone, just east of Etampes Airbase, south of Paris.

Scene Three: August 1944: Noailles, a dark patch of remote woodland to the north of Paris.

Memento: Lt K. Weihe’s SAS beret

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Guest: Damien Lewis

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