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English, Social, 1 season, 134 episodes, 2 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes
Learn things about London that most Londoners don't even know in weekly episodes with qualified London tour guide Hazel Baker from There's so much we can't fit into our tours, no matter how hard we try. This London history podcast is where we can get down and dirty with the detail! You're not going to find this level of detail in any guidebook. Leave us a voice message to get featured!
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133. Royal Festival Hall's Organ

In our forthcoming podcast episode, we're joined by the distinguished James McVinnie to delve into the fascinating world of organ music, marking the 70th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall organ. McVinnie will discuss the instrument's significant historical impact and its role in the evolution of organ music in London and further afield. We'll explore how the organ, conceived in the post-war era, reflects the cultural shifts of its time through the vision of Ralph Downes. Our guest is James McVinnie, known for his broad repertoire that ranges from early organ music to contemporary compositions by Nico Muhly and Tristan Perich, will share how he navigates the vast musical landscapes of different eras in his performances. The discussion will also touch on "Infinity Gradient" by Perich, an innovative piece that reimagines the organ's potential in synthesis and music, potentially setting the direction for the instrument's future. As McVinnie travels performing across the globe, he plays an increasingly important role in redefining the organ as an instrument of both historical depth and modern relevance. Looking ahead, he'll share his vision for the organ's future and how he aims to contribute to its ongoing evolution. Finally, McVinnie will offer invaluable advice for young musicians interested in exploring the organ and its possibilities in contemporary music. Join us for an engaging journey into the heart of organ music with one of its most forward-thinking performers. --- Send in a voice message:
3/15/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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132. Suffragette or Suffragist - what would you have been?

In today's episode, we're journeying back to the turn of the 20th century, to a time when the streets of London and beyond were stages for one of the most significant campaigns in the fight for women's rights: the battle for the right to vote. --- Send in a voice message:
3/8/202424 minutes, 22 seconds
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131. Endell Street Military Hospital

Welcome to our exploration of one of London's most extraordinary chapters from the First World War: the story of Endell Street Military Hospital, a groundbreaking institution that was not only at the forefront of medical innovation but also a testament to the indomitable spirit and resilience of women. Founded in 1915, amidst the chaos of a world at war, Endell Street stood out for being entirely run by women, from its surgeons to its orderlies. This was at a time when the medical profession was almost exclusively male-dominated, making the hospital a radical experiment in both medicine and gender equality. --- Send in a voice message:
3/1/202442 minutes, 13 seconds
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130. Mudlarking Finds from Stuart London

Join us as we journey through time with seasoned Mudlarker Anna Borzello, uncovering the stories embedded in the mud of the Thames and celebrating the enduring legacy of London's past inhabitants. Through her discoveries, we are reminded of the power of material culture to bridge the gap between past and present, offering us an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who walked the streets of London centuries ago. In our conversation with Anna Borzello, we will delve into the significance of these finds and explore how mudlarking serves as a unique form of historical investigation, connecting us with the physical remnants of the past. Her insights will undoubtedly enrich our understanding of 17th-century London, illuminating the lives of its people in a way that resonates with both historians and the public alike. --- Send in a voice message:
2/16/202459 minutes, 57 seconds
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129. 2 Temple Place

In this captivating podcast episode, Hazel Baker and guest Maggie Coates take listeners on a journey through the hidden gem of Two Temple Place.  Maggie Coates, a Camden tour guide and a volunteer at Two Temple Place, shares insights into its Victorian origins and its owner, William Waldorf Astor. Astor's vision for the building, nestled among larger structures near Middle Temple, reflects both secrecy and security, evident in features such as a basement vault and strong rooms. Listeners gain insight into the meticulous preservation efforts undertaken by successive custodians, ensuring the building's historical fabric remains intact. From its use as an office building to its role as a venue for private functions, weddings, and even filming locations, Two Temple Place continues to enchant visitors with its rich history and architectural grandeur. Listen Now: --- Send in a voice message:
2/9/202451 minutes, 48 seconds
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128. St James's Palace

Nestled in the heart of London, St. James's Palace is a place of profound historical significance, where centuries of tradition, grandeur, and intrigue have woven a rich tapestry. As we venture within its hallowed halls and uncover its hidden secrets, we will unravel the captivating history that has unfolded within these venerable walls. Join us for the latest fact-filled episode. Listen now>> --- Send in a voice message:
2/2/202452 minutes, 16 seconds
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127 Archie's Journey Through Dickens' London

In this episode, we're diving into the bustling, fog-laden streets of Victorian London, a city of stark contrasts and enduring charm, as portrayed in the timeless works of Charles Dickens. Our story centers around Archie, a young orphan navigating the complexities of life in 1843 London – a city that, much like the characters in Dickens' novels, is filled with both hardship and hope. As we follow Archie's journey, we'll explore the sights, sounds, and social fabric of a city in the throes of the Industrial Revolution and grapple with the same societal issues that inspired Dickens' most famous works. This episode promises to be a blend of historical fact, literary exploration, and vivid storytelling, providing a unique lens through which to view one of the world's most famous cities. So whether you're a history buff, a Dickens enthusiast, or just love a good story, join us as we traverse the cobbled streets and foggy alleyways of Dickens' London through the eyes of Archie. Get ready to step back in time and experience the city as never before. Let's begin Episode 127: "Archie's Journey Through Dickens' London." --- Send in a voice message:
12/23/202350 minutes, 19 seconds
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126. Transatlantic Slave Trade and London

Join us as we embark on a thought-provoking journey through the pages of London's history, exploring the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the role that London played. --- Send in a voice message:
12/1/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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125. Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley in the Tower of London

Welcome to Episode 125 of the London History Podcast, where we continue to unravel the rich and complex tapestry of London's past. Today, we delve into a chapter that's as intriguing as it is steeped in mystery and speculation — the intertwined stories of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, set against the imposing backdrop of the Tower of London. --- Send in a voice message:
11/24/202334 minutes, 55 seconds
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124. History of Tite Street, Chelsea

Welcome to episode 124 of the London History Podcast. I'm Hazel, your navigator through the winding lanes of London's rich tapestry of time. Today, we're peeling back the layers of history in one of Chelsea's most renowned streets — Tite Street with City of Westminster tour guide Dr Stephen King. A street synonymous with cultural luminaries and architectural beauty, Tite Street is a prism through which we can explore the artistic soul of Chelsea. Once the stomping ground for the likes of Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler, Tite Street has long been a magnet for those who dare to dream and dare to disrupt the status quo. In this episode, we'll amble through the Victorian era when Tite Street became the epicentre of an aesthetic revolution, housing a tapestry of artists and thinkers who would leave an indelible mark on the art world. We'll discover the hidden narratives of the street's residents, the stories behind the iconic facades, and the spirit of a community that thrived on creativity and rebellion. So, whether you're a lifelong Londoner or an admirer of history from afar, join us as we take a journey down the cobblestones of Tite Street and unravel the stories that have made it an enduring emblem of London's artistic heritage. Let's step back in time together on the London History Podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
11/10/202337 minutes, 37 seconds
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123. Lord Mayor's Show

Hello and welcome to Episode 123 of the London History Podcast. Today, we're unwrapping the layers of one of the capital's most enduring pageants — the Lord Mayor's Show. With a heritage that dates back over eight centuries, this splendid cavalcade of pageantry wends its way through the heart of the City of London, a vibrant thread woven into the fabric of our urban story. As we cast our minds back across the years, we'll delve into the origins of this annual spectacle, where the streets of London come alive with a dazzling array of floats, music, and revelry. We'll recount tales of the Show's evolution from medieval processions to the magnificent display of today, and explore its significance in reflecting and shaping the identity of the City. So, join us as we journey through time, exploring the pomp, circumstance, and history of the Lord Mayor's Show — an event that captures the imagination and celebrates the spirit of London in grand style. Stay tuned as we lift the curtain on this illustrious tradition right here on the London History Podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
11/3/202333 minutes, 45 seconds
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121. Suffragette Annie Kenney

With us today to unravel the life, impact, and ongoing legacy of this incredible woman is none other than Kirstie Shedden, an esteemed London tour guide specialising in 'Suffragettes in Westminster.' Kirstie’s unparalleled expertise and nuanced understanding of this complex era bring a richness to the subject matter that promises to captivate our audience. Annie Kenney was not just a participant in the women's suffrage movement; she was a linchpin, an impassioned activist whose story diverges in fascinating ways from her contemporaries. Born into a working-class background, her activism broke the mould in a movement often associated with the middle and upper classes. Her contributions were neither small nor forgettable; she was a tour de force who navigated arrest, imprisonment, and societal marginalisation while maintaining her staunch commitment to the cause. In today's discussion, we'll traverse the landscape of Annie Kenney's involvement in the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), explore the intricacies of her arrests and her resilience during imprisonment, and take a walk through Westminster's very streets where she, and others like her, left an indelible mark. You'll even hear about her correspondences with key figures of her time and the lasting legacy she left behind. Whether you're a history aficionado, a student of social movements, or simply someone curious about the multi-layered history that has shaped modern London, this episode offers a narrative feast that is both educational and enthralling. So, fasten your seatbelts for a journey back in time that is not only enlightening but also incredibly relevant to our understanding of activism, social change, and the women who dared to defy the status quo. Kirstie, a very warm welcome to you; we’re thrilled to have you on the show. --- Send in a voice message:
10/20/202343 minutes, 17 seconds
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119. Crystal Palace Football Club: How It Began

Hello and welcome to another episode of the London History Podcast, where we delve into the compelling narratives and stories that have shaped one of the world's most iconic cities.  Now, when one thinks of London, it's often the majestic landmarks, the palaces and the political history that come to mind. But London is also a city deeply entrenched in sporting history.  Today we're setting our sights on something that merges sport, culture, and history in a fascinating way—Crystal Palace Football Club, an institution that was founded in 1861. Joining me in the studio is Stuart Hibberd, author of The first Crystal Palace Football Club 1861-1876 and co-author of three football histories; To the Palace for the Cup, The Centenary History of the Arthur Dunn Cup, and Tottenham Cakes and Bolton Pies! -The story of the 1901 FA Cup. --- Send in a voice message:
10/5/202350 minutes, 42 seconds
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118. Frances Barber in Georgian London

Today, we'll be delving into the life of Francis Barber. This tale encapsulates themes of humanity, society, and the complex historical ties that bind London with the wider world. It's a narrative that engages with notions of identity, social mobility, and the human desire for self-determination, set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century London. --- Send in a voice message:
9/29/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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117. Eleanor of Acquitaine

Hello and welcome to this week's episode of the London History Podcast. Today, we delve into the fascinating life of a woman who was nothing short of a dynamo in the politics, culture, and society of her era—Eleanor of Aquitaine. To situate you in the rich tapestry of London's history, we must traverse the centuries back to the 12th century, an era teeming with political intrigue, territorial disputes, and colossal figures who left an indelible impact on the course of English history. --- Send in a voice message:
9/21/202336 minutes, 21 seconds
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115. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Welcome to the London History Podcast, where we delve into the rich tapestry of the city's past, exploring famous landmarks, significant events, and hidden gems. I'm your host, Hazel Baker, a certified London Tour Guide, historian, and avid storyteller with a passion for uncovering the unique narratives that shape this extraordinary city. Today, we turn our lens towards one of the most fascinating tales ever written—Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"—a novella that not only lays bare the duality of human nature but also serves as a compelling character study of London itself. Full transcript --- Send in a voice message:
9/7/202345 minutes, 27 seconds
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111. London's Nightclubs in the interwar years

In the latest episode of the ⁠London History Podcast⁠, we're going to dim the lights and step back in time, exploring the smoke-filled, jazz-infused London nightclubs of the roaring 1920s and tumultuous 1930s. These were places where new music was forged, societal norms were challenged, and the intoxicating glamour of the era unfolded under the warm glow of chandeliers. For this enthralling journey into the past, we are accompanied by a distinguished guest, a scholar whose pen dances as smoothly on paper as the flappers did on those long-ago dance floors. Please welcome historian, author, and expert on British popular culture, Lucy Santos. With her extensive knowledge and passion, we'll delve into the hidden histories of these clubs, uncovering stories of the people who frequented them and ran them, the culture they created, and the impact they had on London society during the interwar years. We'll discover how these clubs, both celebrated and notorious, formed a microcosm of the larger societal changes in London, reflecting the shifting dynamics of class, race, and gender. From the glitzy sophistication of the Kit-Cat Club, famed for its membership of artists and intellectuals, to the eclectic sounds and sights of the Shim Sham Club in Soho, where jazz and the emerging Lindy Hop dance scene brought diverse crowds together, our exploration today will take us to the heart of an exciting era. So, ladies and gentlemen, put on your dancing shoes, cue the jazz, and join us as we dive into the smoky allure of London's nightclubs in the 1920s and 1930s. Stay tuned, the night is young and the history is rich. Let us know if there's a particular person, event or place you want to know more about in our podcast: ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Send a voice message --- Send in a voice message:
6/1/202358 minutes, 56 seconds
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3/21/202037 seconds