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Michael Palin and HMS Erebus

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Michael Palin and HMS Erebus
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In the first episode of our new podcast, Travels Through Time, Michael Palin takes us aboard HMS Erebus.

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The 1840s were critical years in the historical backdrop of British investigation with theoretical voyages toward the North and South Poles. One ship, HMS Erebus, made the voyage to the two closures of the earth. Here the adventurer, author and ex-Python, Michael Palin, goes back to join the officers on HMS Erebus’ quarterdeck to observe the activity at direct.

Travels Through Time. Tailored tours of the past. 

Goes Through Time, our new fortnightly digital recording, is introduced by top rated history specialist, Peter Moore. In every scene we are joined by a specialist visitor, to adventure to their preferred time and place. Appreciate a ringside perspective of history as at no other time, with the activity depicted by the individuals who comprehend it best.


Further reading: specially selected seafaring articles from the History Todayarchive

The Search for Franklin

George Woodcock

Each age has its emblematic disasters, and among those in the Victorian period few stimulated more intrigue, blended increasingly enthusiastic discussion, or incited more exertion, than the loss of Sir John Franklin and the 129 picked officers and men who cruised with him on Her Majesty’s boats Erebus and Terror, and vanished into the losses of the Arctic oceans.


Parry’s Second Voyage

W. Gillies Ross
In square-rigged, wooden-hulled ships, without engines or modern steel plate, an early 19th-century navigator set out to solve the problem of the Northwest Passage.


Canned Food Sealed Icemen’s Fate

Sheila Rowbotham
Dramatic evidence that lead poisoning was a key element in the failure of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Arctic expedition has come from the result of postmortems conducted on the preserved bodies of three of Franklin’s crewmen taken from their frozen graves on Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic.


The Search for the Northwest Passage

Philip Hatfield
Motivated by power and prestige, Europeans have long sought a route through the Arctic Ocean connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific. Despite many failures, the lure of the frozen north has enjoyed remarkable longevity.





Our Past, Present and Future

Can the collective endeavour of history still be our guide in the age of solipsism?


In an interesting if rather discouraging exposition, communicate as a major aspect of BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View, the student of history and author Stella Tillyard defied what she considers to be an emergency ever. For her, with respect to huge numbers of us, history has been a guide introduced on the conviction that, on the off chance that we comprehend the past, we ‘have the information to stand up to what’s to come’. Since the main stirrings of the Enlightenment, when religion started its ‘despairing, long, pulling back thunder’, history has gone up against the mantle of a common confidence, a ‘defending and requesting power’, as per Tillyard, which associates us to the past, clarifies the present and offers windows on what’s to come. Its professionalization, from the nineteenth century onwards, established in the thorough investigation of the chronicle, put it at the core of the humanities, where it has remained from that point forward.

In any case, would history be able to support its situation in the time of Trump, of Putin, of Brexit, in a period of ‘sketchy instructing’, when ‘assurance is subtle’, reality appears ‘unforeseen and pliable’ and the fixation on oneself, solidified by online networking, consumes the sympathy that is at the core of the aggregate undertaking of recorded examination?

We share Tillyard’s worries, however won’t give up right now. In our January 2019 issue, we present two new highlights which expect to cast the reason and light of history on contemporary concerns. Initially, in Head to Head, we solicit a board from driving students of history from contrasting foundations to think about a noteworthy inquiry within recent memory, starting with: Why are the British so insensible of Irish history?

Second, we address a cutting edge bad habit that obstructs understanding: the requirement for the ‘hot take’, a quick, eyecatching reaction to a present issue, which time and again results in poor, when not barmy, recorded analogies. In Behind the Times, a history specialist draws breath, filters through the past and offers a more profound reflection on our age. Joanna Cohen takes a long, moderate take a gander at the wonder that is President Trump and offers amazing correlations with an increasingly respected ancestor. History, maybe, can at present be our guide.


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