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A brilliant history and heritage podcast created by Hampshire History Trust, the charity that also organises Winchester Heritage Open Days.Our aim is to offer everyone the opportunity to delve into the past and go on a journey to discover hidden heritage and hear fascinating untold tales. We usually talk to experts and enthusiasts who are based in Hampshire and/or who have stories to share about Hampshire’s history and heritage. Occasionally though we may go further afield, it just depends where the research and the stories take us!

A brilliant history and heritage podcast created by Hampshire History Trust, the charity that also organises Winchester Heritage Open Days.Our aim is to offer everyone the opportunity to delve into the past and go on a journey to discover hidden heritage and hear fascinating untold tales. We usually talk to experts and enthusiasts who are based in Hampshire and/or who have stories to share about Hampshire’s history and heritage. Occasionally though we may go further afield, it just depends where the research and the stories take us!

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United Kingdom

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A brilliant history and heritage podcast created by Hampshire History Trust, the charity that also organises Winchester Heritage Open Days.Our aim is to offer everyone the opportunity to delve into the past and go on a journey to discover hidden heritage and hear fascinating untold tales. We usually talk to experts and enthusiasts who are based in Hampshire and/or who have stories to share about Hampshire’s history and heritage. Occasionally though we may go further afield, it just depends where the research and the stories take us!

Twitter:

@histbites

Language:

English


Episodes

Walkeology: Wanders, Wonders and Wunderkammers

5/4/2022
In this episode, the final one of Season 7 we join Fay Stevens, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and explore walking as a question. An archaeologist by training, Fay is interested in the potential of objects and the way we organise them to inspire wonder and stimulate both the individual mind and collective conversation. We can all create a ‘wunderkammer’ – a cabinet of curiosities – that mirrors our experience, emotions and environment as we go. In doing so, we...

Duration:00:33:15

Hampshire Cultural Trust: Linking the Past with the Future

4/27/2022
Hampshire Cultural Trust is an organisation that manages twenty-three museums, arts centres, and galleries across the county and cares for millions of historical objects. Chief Executive Paul Sapwell reveals what it takes to keep such a vast network of history and culture accessible to Hampshire’s residents. Additionally, he explores some exciting developments the Trust is undertaking, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at a fascinating partnership. If you want to find further information...

Duration:00:20:32

The Hidden House in Hursley Park

4/20/2022
Hursley Park near Winchester is a private estate owned by the IBM. Here you will find new buildings and also an 18th-century Queen Anne style mansion in which - many of our listeners will recall - once saw spitfires built in the ballroom! Today’s story however is takes us back even further in time as once a grand Tudor house stood here, almost forgotten apart from a faint outline on the croquet lawn. In 2021, the Winchester Archaeology Rescue Group (WARG) was given exclusive access to...

Duration:00:29:14

Tragedy at Sea: Southampton's Connection to the Titanic

4/13/2022
As the RMS Titanic left Southampton on 10th April 1912, crowds filled the docks to wave goodbye to their friends and family. Many of the ship’s crew and passengers were Southampton natives who would never return to their city again. Mary Taylor, a Southampton tourist guide, leads listeners on a trail through Southampton to historic sites relating to the ship, reveals how the city mourned after the tragedy, and explores the real stories of passengers aboard the ill-fated journey. If you...

Duration:00:30:34

The Life and Death of Henry V’s Navy in Hampshire

4/6/2022
For centuries, England has been known as one of the world’s strongest naval powers, but in the tumultuous age of Henry V, this fearsome reputation had yet to be forged. During the Hundred Years’ War, England and France waged a fierce war at sea. In this episode, Dr Ian Friel talks about Hampshire’s vital role in defending England and attacking France, as well as the brutal methods medieval sailors waged war on each other. If you want to find further information on this episode or to listen...

Duration:00:24:50

Pear Tree Church: From the Bishop of Winchester to the Life of Pi

3/30/2022
Join us for a fascinating insight into the history of the little-known Pear Tree Church in Southampton. From its peaceful position close to the eastern bank of the River Itchen, Pear Tree’s influence and intrigue stretch far wider than first jumps out to the eye. In fact, the Church represents the oldest place of worship anywhere in the world to have been intentionally constructed as a seat of the Anglican faith (rather than converted from use as a Catholic site, for example). What’s more,...

Duration:00:26:56

How Two Millenia of History Shaped the River Itchen

3/23/2022
At first glance, the River Itchen appears to be nothing more than a quaint waterway without much history behind it. However, within its calm streams rests thousands of years of human civilisation. Elizabeth Proudman, a local historian and former Winchester tour guide, takes listeners on a tour through the city’s history and its ties to the River Itchen. Whether it’s flowing past Iron Age fortresses, a Medieval capital, or a modern city, the river has been an inseparable part of local...

Duration:00:33:59

Dark Gold: The Lifeblood of Early Modern Europe

12/22/2021
In our last episode on chocolate, Andy Silen-McMillin joins Holly Marsden as they trace its journey across early modern Europe and its many uses as a product. When most people think of chocolate today, they think of hot chocolate or chocolate bars. However, did you know that it was once used as an aphrodisiac? Holly Marsden and Andy Silen-McMillin explore the recipes, uses, and products made with chocolate. For kings and queens in early modern Europe, chocolate was power, and power was...

Duration:00:16:38

Dark Gold: A Drink for Doctors and Kings

12/15/2021
Join us as we trace the fascinating journey of chocolate in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries - from its arrival - not without issue - on Hampshire shores, to its place at the very centre of Stuart royal life. Guided on our way by Holly Marsden, a specialist on the life and times of Mary II, we hear how the Queen placed this bittersweet substance at the heart of her work to reshape the English Court, both physically and in terms of the ritual and image-making that projected power and...

Duration:00:25:03

Dark Gold: Bringing Chocolate from Mesoamerica to Europe

12/8/2021
It’s that time of the year when Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and tins of Quality Streets are lining the shelves – but how much do you really know about the history behind chocolate? In the first of a three-part series, join Dr Gabrielle Storey and Johanna Strong as they explore the historical production process and chocolate’s journey to Europe. This episode sets the scene ahead of two subsequent episodes which will expand upon this topic to consider the history of chocolate in Hampshire, the...

Duration:00:25:27

Hampshire Ramblers’ Fight to Preserve our Paths

12/1/2021
The UK’s historic walking trails have been used for millennia. Roman sandals have walked the same paths as modern trainers. But these routes are in danger of disappearing forever. Join Peter and Paul from the Hampshire Ramblers to learn how they’re being saved! 2026 represents the deadline for retracing and reclaiming lost paths, and old rights of way, that have since dropped off the (latest) map in England and Wales. In this episode, we hear from two volunteers leading the effort to...

Duration:00:30:13

A Story Around Every Streetcorner: Explore Winchester's Vibrant History

11/24/2021
Winchester is an old city filled with a rich and exciting history, echoes of the past can be seen all around as you walk through its streets - if you only know where to look. Join Instagrammer Miss_WinchesterUK as she highlights some of the unusual facts throughout the city: discover where you can walk in the footsteps of royals; what curious rhyme you can find on a gravestone at the Cathedral and where you can hear the whispers of a ghost. On our website you will find more information...

Duration:00:24:17

30 Years of Hampshire Fare: Championing Local

9/18/2021
We've all heard the name and seen the logo but what is Hampshire Fare and what do they do? In this podcast, we go in search of answers and finds a quiet success story behind some of the best of what the county has to offer. This is our final episode of the Heritage Open Days 2021 festival, we plan to be back for Season Six in November 2021. For more information visit our website by clicking here

Duration:00:23:34

Archives Galore!

9/17/2021
All history ultimately depends on archives of some kind – documents, film, sound recordings and increasingly digital files. There is a huge range of such archives of all sizes and levels of sophistication. Often, to properly research a subject, it is necessary to “roam around” sources. This often comes up with some surprising finds. In this podcast, specially recorded for Heritage Open days local historian Barry Shurlock will attempt to show the richness of archives, with particular...

Duration:00:28:57

Trenchers and Teapots: Food at Winchester College

9/16/2021
Thomas and Douglas, two Winchester College boys have specially recorded this 'Edible England' podcast and in it, they share the history of 'school food' at the Winchester College. They have delved into the school archives to discover fascinating insights into banquets organised by the school founder, and have also interviewed Old Wykehamists (former pupils) for more recent memories of the College's menus and food traditions. On our website you will find more information about this episode...

Duration:00:26:24

From 'Field to Fork' in World War II

9/15/2021
In this special podcast for Heritage Open days recorded by Hampshire Cultural Trust we explore Edible England in World War II - from 'field to fork'. On our website you will find more information about this episode including Nick's biography and some great links to Hampshire Cultural Trust; visit our website by clicking here

Duration:00:27:50

Oral History: Where do you start?

9/14/2021
Oral history is about recording someone's own words about what has happened in their lives or it could be a recording of their views and recollections of a specific event in history. In this podcast specially recorded for Heritage Open Days, we cover how to approach recording oral history, what to think about before you start, what is involved if you decide to deposit them in an archive and we also offer some top tips, as well as some, must do's and don'ts in recording. Our guest, Padmini...

Duration:00:26:51

Intrigue in the New Forest Leads to a Mystery at Winchester Cathedral

9/13/2021
"1100 was an odd sort of year for some. William II had been King for a while, following the death of his father, William the Conqueror, but William II was not a good king, so might that explain this strange tale of mystery and intrigue." Aisha Al-Sadie, Learning Officer at Winchester Cathedral in the latest Hampshire HistBites podcast shares a strange tale that is full of mystery and intrigue. It is about a dead king in the New Forest and a tower at Winchester Cathedral. It will be up to...

Duration:00:10:43

The Heritage of Bell Ringing in Hampshire

9/10/2021
It is the start of Season 5, a very special season to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days festival. We begin with a fascinating podcast on traditional bell ringing in Hampshire, with the help of podcaster Cathy Booth from Fun with Bells and experts Chris Pickford, Elizabeth Johnson, and Micki Nadal. In this special Heritage Open Days podcast, our experts discuss what traditional bell ringing is, share what it is like to be a bell ringer and some fascinating stories about bell ringing...

Duration:00:41:23

The Spitfires in the Ballroom at Hursley Park

8/25/2021
Everyone has heard of the Spitfire - one of the most successful aircraft ever produced and one of greatest iconic pieces of design. But how many of us knew they were designed in the magnificent setting of an oak panelled ballroom in an 18th century mansion?! Join David Key as he shares fascinating stories about the Hursley Park near Winchester and the very important part it played in the Second World War when it was taken over by the ministry of aircraft production, and became the home for...

Duration:00:27:57