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A podcast exploring Scottish history and culture. Join hosts Annie Gilfillan and Jenny Johnstone as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Annie and Jenny travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of contemporary life.

A podcast exploring Scottish history and culture. Join hosts Annie Gilfillan and Jenny Johnstone as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Annie and Jenny travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of contemporary life.
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Inverness, United Kingdom

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A podcast exploring Scottish history and culture. Join hosts Annie Gilfillan and Jenny Johnstone as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Annie and Jenny travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of contemporary life.

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English


Episodes

8. Rain, Plowtery, Dreich

8/29/2019
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Jenny and Annie stay inside on a dreichy day to talk about the environmental and cultural significance of rain. They discover the mythology and superstition of rain for fishermen of Shetland and try to make sense of the black rain prophecies of the Brahan Seer. They look at the geography of Scotland to understand why this place gets such an impressive amount of rain and discuss the wonders of the Celtic Rainforest. They think about how this wet climate shapes nature, beliefs and people.

Duration:00:23:18

7. Theatre in Victorian Inverness

8/23/2019
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This episode brings a guest host, Sara Boussaikouk, who talks to us about Victorian theatres in Inverness. We read archival documents which describe the venues and performers of the Northern Scottish theatre scene. We dip our toes into romanticisation of the Scottish Highlands through the Sir Walter Scott effect. This episode also looks into the life of a powerhouse of Scottish Theatre: actress and theatre manager Jessie Fraser.

Duration:00:20:19

6. Radical War 1820

8/8/2019
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Jenny and Annie have a look at a group of artisan weavers who inspired a strike of sixty thousand people in Glasgow and the industrial central belt. This episode looks at the “Radical War” of 1820 and examines the causes of this civil uprising and the bloody aftermath.

Duration:00:24:33

5. Covesea Part 2: A Wizard, a Smuggler & a Wedding

8/1/2019
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In the second of a two-part adventure at Covesea caves we look at the rumours of the Wizard of Gordonstoun who was said to have sold his soul for sacred knowledge. This episode discovers that Covesea caves were used by smugglers; who feed into a covert Jacobite network. We learn about Scottish Indigenous Travellers who passed through Covesea and think about the magic of stories in the caves.

Duration:00:26:39

4. Covesea Caves Part 1: Bronze Age Mortuary

7/24/2019
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In the first of a two-part exploration of Covesea caves, Jenny and Annie crawl into the Bronze Age to ponder why these caves were used for the curation of human bodies. Why different people over different eras used the caves as a place of decapitation? We look at Pictish carvings on the walls and admire the special ambience of the caves throughout time.

Duration:00:24:46

3. Loch Ness Part 2: Science & Innovation

7/17/2019
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In this second episode on Loch Ness we look at the landscape through the lenses of both science and mythology. We consider innovation on Loch Ness; from ancient crannogs to a 1950’s water speed record attempts. We think about how tourism and technology combined to see a sudden surge in Nessie sightings, and muse about international Nessie comparisons.

Duration:00:23:36

2. Loch Ness Part 1: Monster mysticism & the Pictish Beast

7/11/2019
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Join us on a breathtaking journey through the history of Loch Ness. We explore the mysticism and legends of the Loch starting with Saint Columba’s confrontation with the Loch Ness monster. This episode unravels the importance of sea-beast symbols in Scotland’s ancient communities of Picts. We discover what has the Loch Ness monster has symbolised and meant to different generations of Highlanders over the centuries. This is the first part of two episodes on Loch Ness.

Duration:00:32:29

1. Bothy Culture

7/10/2019
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In this first episode we consider the significance of bothies and delve into the dark pasts of bothies and the ballads that bothy workers would sing by the peat fires to warm their spirits. We think about what bothies are used for in modern Scotland and how they can help us spend more time enjoying nature and the outdoors, supporting both physical and mental wellbeing.

Duration:00:28:22