Wednesday, 29 January 2014

National Archive Podcasts (4)

I love history at a local, national and world levels. The National Archives contain some interesting records of British Imperialism around the world. There are also important records relating to life in the united kingdom. These records can also be used by anyone who is interested in genealogy. The documents come in all forms. I like to listen to the research outcomes in the form of lectures as the archives come under greater and greater scrutiny. The files are captured in MP3 format. There is obviously a bias towards history and family history in my choices.

At the age of five years, Duleep Singh found himself on the golden throne of the Punjab, one of the most powerful independent kingdoms in India and a thorn in the advancement of the British Empire. After the Sikh Wars against the British Empire, the infant ruler was separated from his mother, surrendered the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond and was removed from power by the East India Company. Click Here to listen.
In the mid-19th century, the Zanzibar slave market was notorious as the last place on earth where human beings could still be bought and sold. Click Here to listen. 
The first railway murder, an examination of documents reveals how the 1864 murder of Thomas Briggs caused a sensation in Victorian society. Click Here to listen.
Dr Louise Chambers investigates why, in the 1950s, the Ministry of Pensions was inundated with requests by individuals to change their gender identity on their employment and pension records. Click Here to listen.

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