Introduction An interview with Tiana Wilson-Buys, productivity expert and history afficianado   What you’ll hear 1:08: About Tiana 2:20: Understanding history and learning its lessons 9:01: Common misunderstandings and misconceptions 15:25: Attracting visitors to heritage sites in a Covid-influenced world 23:52: Visiting historical characters Tiana’s Historiette blog can be found by clicking here. You can…

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Introduction A look at Segedunum, a Roman fort on the north bank of the Tyne   What you’ll hear 0:55: What is Segedunum? 2:32: Segedunum origins 3:06 Post-Roman Empire 3:40: Roman Standards   Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required! You can visit the official Segedunum website here.

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Introduction The Roman fort of Vindolanda on the Northern Frontier of the Empire, including what life was like for the commanding officer and his family, and the remarkable discovery of perfectly preserved tablets. What You’ll Hear 1:32: The fort of Vindolanda 2:14: The Vindolanda Tablets 2:45: How the collection was discovered 3:22: The challenges of…

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Introduction The Bronze Age beginnings of the Summerhill in Blaydon; the Stella Hall Estate; the Cowen family – progressive business owners and politicians, and the restored water mill at Path Head. What You’ll Hear 1:15: The history of the Summerhill 2:00: The Stella Hall Estate 3:10: Joseph Cowen Sr 4:08: Joseph Cowen Jr 5:01:The Path…

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Introduction In this episode, we look at Penshaw Monument in Washington, Tyne and Wear. We learn about its construction and Radical Jack, the man it commemorates. We explore the legend of the Lambton Worm, a beast which terrorised the area, and we look at follies – beautiful structures that don’t serve any purpose. What You’ll…

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Introduction Barnard Castle, a market town in County Durham, has suddenly found itself in the limelight, thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, driving there from his parents’ home, in breach of his own COVID19 lockdown rules. I thought I’d record a bonus episode to tell those who may not be familiar…

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Introduction The history of Saltwell Park, from its beginnings as part of the Ravensworths’ estate, to William Wailes and Saltwell Towers, to becoming a public space. Plus the Victorian tradition of benefactors. What You’ll Hear 1:40: William Wailes and the Towers 2:13: The back story to the park 3:16: The People’s Park 4:04: Victorian benefactors…

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  Initially I was going to focus on one specific item from the commanding officer’s quarters – his desk – but there are so many amazing things on display that I thought I’d give an overview of the most luxurious part of the Arbeia barracks. There isn’t a specific ‘Visit North East’ blog to accompany…

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