Thursday, 25 May 2017

Recent National Archives podcasts

The following podcasts have recently bveen made available online by the National Archives in England (

‘Dadland’: the father who was also an undercover guerrilla agent

Keggie Carew discusses her book ‘Dadland’, a story about a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, and dementia. The novel centres upon her father Tom Carew, an enigmatic, unorthodox character, who was an undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War.
‘Dadland’ is the winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016 and a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.

Author: Keggie Carew Duration: 00:36:57

Black British politics and the Anti-Apartheid struggle

In 1948, from the introduction of apartheid in South Africa, racial discrimination galvanized the international community into protest. British people and black communities in particular attempted to lead the global opposition against apartheid.
Historian Dr Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss aspects of the documents she looked at while writing her book ‘The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Apartheid Struggle’ (2015).
Please note, due to a technical error this recording ended a few minutes prior to the end of the talk.

Author: Dr Elizabeth Williams Duration: 00:53:59

From the Somme to Arras

Andrew Lock discusses the progress made by the British Expeditionary Forces between the battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1917). Although lessons were learned during the Somme campaign, Arras clearly exposed command and preparation deficiencies, leading to setbacks and the highest casualty rate of any British offensive in the war.

Author: Andrew Lock Duration: 00:49:30

All can be listened to via the above links, downloaded from the sites, or listened to via iTunes.


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