People's Landscapes series
This podcast series will transport you to a peaceful island, once overrun by Viking raiders, and reveal fascinating stories behind dramatic coastal landscapes with rich industrial pasts. Join journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant as he sheds light on the lesser-known stories about the connections between people and landscapes at Penrhyn Castle, the Durham Coast, the Tin Coast and Northey Island.
People's Landscapes podcast presenters
Lead presenter John Sergeant is joined in this podcast series by singer and songwriter Caryl Parry Jones, actor and Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary and Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, a lecturer in medieval history and literature at Durham University.
Episode 1: A clash of cultures
Formed thousands of years ago by flood water from a melting glacier and later occupied by Viking raiders, Northey Island in Essex is a place full of fascinating stories. In this episode, Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores how a violent land grab between the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons resulted in a mashup of cultures, which can still be seen today.Listen on mobile
Episode 2: The black beaches of Durham
Terry Deary meets former miner Freddie Welsh, who sees treasure in the scraps leftover from the mining industry. In this episode we also explore how we've been working with local communities to preserve the beauty of the landscape and protect wildlife.Listen on mobile
Episode 4: A tale of tin
In the final episode of the series we visit the Tin Coast in Cornwall. We explore the geological events that threaded this stretch of coastline with tin and copper and the technological advancements that led to an army of workers excavating the metals from a warren of tunnels.Listen on mobile
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These stories were told as part of our People's Landscapes programme, which explores how the places in our care became key landmarks in the fight for social change.
It was launched to mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, when over 10,000 people gathered in St Peter's Field in Manchester to ask for parliamentary reform. The crowd was attacked and approximately 18 people were killed and more than 700 injured.
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