48 Episodes

At History Indoors, we bring history… indoors! We host online talks from some of the best historical experts so you can enjoy some of the newest historical ideas from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Remembering Mary I: The Role of Memory in the Creation of Mary’s Legacy

    Episode 25

    By virtue of being England’s first crowned queen regnant – a queen in her own right – Mary I set a precedent for English regnant queenship. She struggled to establish her reign amidst the religious, nationalist, and gendered contexts of sixteenth-century England. Focusing particularly at the mome...

  • Remembering Remembrance: The Origins of our Commemorative Day

    Episode 26

    On the 11th of November at 11am in 1918, the guns fell silent on the western front. Exactly a year later, commemorative events took place across what was then the British Empire to remember those who had fallen during the First World War – however, not all events were looked upon favourably by co...

  • Wicked Witches and Honourable Men: The Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612

    Episode 27

    In 1612, Lancashire witnessed what could arguably be the most notorious witch trial of early modern England. In 1613, court clerk Thomas Potts published a lengthy pamphlet outlining the events leading to and during these trials. It is a text full of suspicion, heresy, curses, and murder, and who ...

  • Operation Margin: The Augsburg Raid

    Episode 28

    In April 1942 the Second World War hung in the balance. Nazi Germany had occupied most of Europe and its seemingly unstoppable armed forces were driving deeper and deeper into Russia and North Africa. To add to Allied worries, German U-Boats were threatening to cut off Britain’s supply lines in t...

  • Bloody Chocolate: Contraband and Violence in 18th Century Costa Rica

    Episode 29

    Dr. Ben Fuggle examines the 18th century Costa Rican Chocolate trade and use it to discuss the connections between trade and violence and how indigenous groups and European empires struggled to cooperate even when their goals seemed to align.

  • The Life and Legacy of: Christina of Sweden

    Episode 30

    Christina of Sweden (1626-1689), a queen, a Catholic convert, an LGBTQ icon, and one of only three women to be buried in the Vatican. Who was she? And what impact did she have on culture and society? At best she has been described as clever and ‘unconventional’ and at worst as over-emotional, as ...

  • Murder or Not: How the Early 20th Century Police were Poorly Prepared

    Episode 31

    In 1919, when a Hitchin shopkeeper and her dog were found bludgeoned to death in her corner shop, it triggered a bizarre sequence of events which resulted in two separate investigations with two quite different outcomes. Historian and criminologist Paul Stickler focuses on how murder investigatio...

  • The First World War: A Visual Tour Through Paintings

    Episode 32

    When we think of the First World War so often it is images that come to our minds. Whether these are of trenches, mud, or rows of crosses in fields of poppies they somehow encapsulate the whole collective memory of the conflict. In this talk, Louise Rodwell and James Jefferies will look at the in...

  • Appeasement in Asia: Britain, Japan and the Path to War

    Episode 33

    Throughout the 1930s, British foreign policy in Asia was directed towards reducing tensions with Japan. Seeking to avoid war in Asia, Britain attempted to appease the Japanese through various political, military, and economic acts. Liam Redfern will discuss the little-known attempt by the British...

  • Queens on Screen: Victims, Villains, or Rebels?

    Episode 34

    Join Amy and Johanna as they delve into the world of cinematic queens. Examining how Mary Queen of Scots and Christina of Sweden are portrayed in film, Johanna and Amy will explore how these depictions affect modern popular perceptions of these royal women. Perhaps the most tense early modern rel...

  • Magic and Monarchy: Women in Historical Fiction

    Episode 35

    The voices of early modern women have long been silenced by historical record, but historical fiction gives us new ways of understanding and even relating to these colourful characters from centuries past! This discussion will examine literary representations of women in a patriarchal period; wom...

  • Hitler against the Raj: Spies, Revolutionaries and a Global Conspiracy

    Episode 36

    There is a file sleeping on the shelves of the British Library on the Euston Road. It is a document from the India Office, the administrative heart of British rule in India, one of the files of Indian Political Intelligence. Close attention was paid to enemies of the Raj and a network of informer...

  • Women and the Vote: Was 1918 the End or the Beginning?

    Episode 37

    1918 is hailed by all as one of the most significant years in providing democratic citizenship for the people of the United Kingdom, when Parliament approved that women could vote in a general election for the first time. Of course, this was a limited success since only certain women aged 30 and ...

  • Psychiatric Asylums: From Haunted Pasts to Diverse Afterlives

    Episode 38

    Psychiatric Asylums were the main form of mental healthcare in the UK for over a century. These large buildings located on the urban fringe were set up as places of refuge, only to become urban legends of maltreatment and abuse, reviled by many. From the 1960s there was a policy of mass asylum cl...

  • Mothers, Housewives and Secret Agents

    Episode 39

    France 1944, a lone aircraft deposits an individual by parachute into the cold darkness of Nazi occupied Europe. Highly trained in the art of sabotage, disguise and subterfuge, they are a crack shot with a pistol and trained to kill with their bare hands. The figure lands rather ungraciously, rem...

  • Bloody Mary and Bomber Harris: Legacies Forged in Fire

    Episode 40

    Mary I is often seen in public memory as a cruel tyrant leading religious reform while Sir Arthur Harris is remembered as a cold calculated advocate of mass slaughter through aerial bombing. The truth, as always, is more complex and the legacies of both historical figures have been forged for a v...

  • How to Break an Empire: The Independence of South America

    Episode 41

    By the time the Spain’s Southern American Empire fell in 1825 it had survived uprisings, economic crises and weathered many geopolitical storms from the end of the Spanish Hapsburgs to the upheaval of the American War of Independence. As late as 1800, despite its many problems, it seemed largely ...

  • The Battle for Britain: The People Vs The Government

    Episode 42

    Chris Walklett will examine events between ’84 and ’94, during which time the government seemingly pitted itself against the British people, particularly the youth. It will cover events including: Orgreave, the Greenham Women, the free festivals, acid house & the so-called Summer of Love and othe...

  • Queens Lands' of Norfolk: Sixteenth Century Walsingham Priory

    Episode 43

    Andy Silen-McMillin has been mapping and examining the financial patterns associated with the queen’s lands of consort queens from the Elizabeth of York to Anna of Denmark. One of the focus points has been the impact of various policies brought out by Henry VIII and his dissolution of the monaste...

  • Buildings Tell Stories

    Episode 44

    History is located all around us. From the houses we live in to the town halls in our cities to the fields of our rural communities; from Colchester to Harare; history can be found in everything. This talk looks at how intrinsic sites and landscapes are in our everyday lives but also what histo...

  • The Darkest Moonlit Night: The Nuremburg Raid of 1944

    Episode 45

    In this talk historian James Jefferies details the tragic story of RAF Bomber Command's raid on Nuremberg on the 30/31 March 1944. James discusses the raid's story and looks at the tactics used by the RAF and Luftwaffe before looking at the raids legacy and aftermath.

    This talk took place on 7th...

  • History of a Football Rivalry: Brighton and Crystal Palace

    Episode 46

    At best questioned and at worst completely overlooked, the rivalry between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace is one that continues to bemuse the neutral. Yet, for Brighton and Palace fans, it is jealously guarded and fiercely contested.

    Using newspaper clippings, matchday programmes and...

  • The Battle of France: The Maginot Line and Blitzkrieg

    Episode 47

    The Battle of France is shrouded in myth and misconception in popular memory. Whether this be seeing the evacuation of Dunkirk as a victory and forgetting other evacuations or the actions or of seeing the French forces are largely ineffective or weak. The part played by forces outside of Britain,...

  • Research is Personal: My Grandfather and Bomber Command

    Episode 48

    Many years back, Michael did his Undergraduate BA dissertation on the memory and perception of Bomber Command from 1945-2010. A few years previous, his Grandfather who served in Bomber Command from 1943 onwards passed away. This talk discusses the complexities and issues that he had to face, ov...