20 Best UK History Podcasts of 2021

May 15, 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about uk history? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best uk history podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best UK History Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Stuff The British Stole

  • Publisher: ABC Radio
  • Total Episodes: 7

Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

Radio Moments – Clips

  • Publisher: David Lloyd
  • Total Episodes: 840

Vintage clips from UK radio – and more recent broadcasts of note. (Check out too the ‘RadioMoments – This Week in History’ podcast and also ‘RadioMoments – Conversations’)


  • Publisher: Fantasy/Animation
  • Total Episodes: 73

Christopher Holliday researches animation history and digital media at King’s College London (UK). Alexander Sergeant is a Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at University of Portsmouth (UK), specialising in the history and theory of fantasy cinema. Each episode, they look in detail at a film or television show, taking listeners on a journey through the intersection between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation.

The White Witch Podcast

  • Publisher: Carly Rose
  • Total Episodes: 43

Where my witches at! Join me, Carly Rose, a 🇬🇧 UK based witch to discuss all things witchy – witch history, deities, divination, moon phases, crystals – witch it’s right here 🧙🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️www.thewhitewitchcompany.co.uk Instagram @thewhitewitchcompanySupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-white-witch-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Tudor History & Travel Show

  • Publisher: TheTudorTravelShow
  • Total Episodes: 43

A podcast that brings Tudor history to life by exploring Tudor places and artefacts in the flesh. The Tudor Travel Guide brings you lively onsite walk-and-talk interviews at historic Tudor locations across the UK and fuses them with inspiring ideas for your next Tudor-themed vacation. If you love combining your Tudor history with visiting Tudor houses, castles and manors, then ‘The Tudor History and Travel Show’ is tailored made for you!

Petticoats & Poppies Podcast

  • Publisher: Ear Glue Media
  • Total Episodes: 24

Petticoats and Poppies: History Girls at the Movies is a podcast hosted by Maggie Lovitt and Nicole Ackman. The “history girls” have backgrounds in history, having studied history at university and worked at historic sites in both the US and UK. Now, they’re both involved in the film industry, Nicole as a film critic and Maggie as a member of the Screen Actors Guild. They discuss period dramas from the perspective of women who are both non-professional, accessible historians and ‘film people.’

On the Record at The National Archives

  • Publisher: The National Archives
  • Total Episodes: 29

History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is harder to find. On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives of the UK that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories…if you know where to look. Follow us on Twitter @UkNatArchives

Art History at Bedtime

  • Publisher: Dr Bendor Grosvenor
  • Total Episodes: 13

Art History at Bedtime is a series of original art historical texts read by the art historian and broadcaster, Dr Bendor Grosvenor. Regular updates of stories from the Renaissance and onwards to help you get off to a calming – and learned – night’s sleep. In support of the UK charity, Art History Link Up.Produced by Bendor Grosvenor and Adam Scourfield.

Signals to Danger – Railway disasters in the UK

  • Publisher: Daniel Fox
  • Total Episodes: 20

The UK’s rail network is one of the safest in the world, but this is a reputation that has been hard-won through a dark history of death and destruction. Each of these accidents has helped to prevent another in the future. Signals to Danger is a series of Podcasts exploring and explaining the worst disasters on the UK rail network. Using reports, inquiries, news articles and first hand accounts, we will dive deep into these accidents and understand what went wrong, who was effected and how each incident went on to change the railway going forwards.

Sport in History Podcast

  • Publisher: British Society of Sport History
  • Total Episodes: 56

The Sport and Leisure History Podcast brings you all of the papers given in the series of seminars organised by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research. It will also bring you news from the BSSH and discussion of the latest developments in academic research into the history of sport in the UK and around the world.

The Town That Didn’t Stare

  • Publisher: Podot
  • Total Episodes: 7

A podcast documentary about Britain’s Twin Peaks: East Grinstead, the home of alternative religions and spirituality in the UK. “Arch and funny, ­but… deeply serious in trying to understand the peculiar history of the town” – Financial Times “Facinating… mysterious, it really hooks you in” – BBC “Brilliantly arch” – Sunday Times “Hilton is an engaging narrator, tip-toeing the lines between nostalgia, comedy and truth-telling” – The Big Issue

The Anthill

  • Publisher: The Conversation
  • Total Episodes: 67

The Anthill is a show for curious minds, with a mix of everything from science, history and psychology to politics and economics. We unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation which provides a platform for academics to share their expertise with the general public. It’s hosted by Annabel Bligh, business and economy editor at The Conversation UK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Poetry Society

  • Publisher: The Poetry Society
  • Total Episodes: 102

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review. With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. “The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry’s various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now.” Sir Andrew Motion

History Rocks

  • Publisher: Melanie Vance
  • Total Episodes: 38

Welcome to https://historyrocks.co.uk. These podcasts are designed for those studying or teaching A level History. They are packed full of advice from experienced examiners! The contents are the opinion of the presenter and are not endorsed by any UK exam board. See website for details.

A Voyage to Antarctica

  • Publisher: UKAHT
  • Total Episodes: 10

Journalist and broadcaster Alok Jha talks to leading explorers, scientists, conservationists and artists about Antarctica’s fascinating past, present and future, to discover why the icy continent matters to us all. Created by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. UKAHT champions public understanding of, and engagement with Antarctica through the history of human endeavour in the region. UKAHT looks after British historic sites and artefacts in Antarctica and invests in global public programmes and education enabling more people to discover, understand, value and protect this stunning and important part of our planet. The podcast is part of the UKAHT’s ‘Antarctica In Sight’ programme, supported by Arts Council England, the Garfield Western Foundation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge

  • Publisher: Reni Eddo-Lodge/Renay Rich
  • Total Episodes: 11

From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (http://renieddolodge.co.uk/books/) comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today. Join the conversation using the hashtag #AboutRacewithReni

The Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke – Your Family History Show

  • Publisher: Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Total Episodes: 252

Genealogy Gems Podcast shows you, the family historian, how to make the most out of your family history research time by providing quick and easy to use research techniques. In addition, you will learn creative ways to share your family tree and the legacy of your ancestors. Lisa Louise Cooke guides you through the exhilarating process of discovering your family tree. She scours the family history landscape to find and bring you the best websites, best practices, and best resources available. And Lisa’s interviews with the experts in the field of genealogy make the Genealogy Gems Podcast your own personal genealogy conference. Guests include genealogists such as Dick Eastman, DearMYRTLE, Curt Witcher, Arlene Eakle, and the folks from Ancestry.com, as well as celebrities such as Tukufu Zuberi of The History Detectives, Kathy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters, Tim Russell of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the band Venice, and Darby Hinton of the Daniel Boone TV series from the 1960s. Your family history is world history.

Global News What Happened To…?

  • Publisher: Curiouscast
  • Total Episodes: 14

You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So whatever happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge? Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at the heart of each one to find out exactly what’s happened since. 

Hardball Podcast

  • Publisher: Hardball
  • Total Episodes: 34

Hardball with Chris Dimino is a podcast almost 20 years in the making. Conversations.  Not “interviews”… I promise not interviews.  Conversations that I have had with some of the greatest players and others who have been a part of some of the biggest moments in baseball history.  Ted Williams. Hank Aaron. Stan Musial. Whitey ford. Duke snider. Vin Scully…

Blurry Creatures

  • Publisher: Blurry Creatures
  • Total Episodes: 39

Investigating the sightings, encounters, and cutting-edge research on creatures that do not fit the scientific narrative. Chasing down the ‘Blurry Creatures’ that inhabit the fringes between reality, myth, and imagination. Join podcast veterans Nate Henry and Luke Rodgers as they investigate Bigfoot, Ancient Giants, Cryptids, The Nephilim, The Watchers, Ancient Burial Mounds, Forbidden History, Megaliths, Conspiracy Theories, Dogman, Mothman, The UFO Phenomenon, Extraterrestrials, and The Unexplained.

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