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Bettany Hughes’s Ten Places, Europe and Us

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Historian Bettany Hughes goes beyond the delights of teas and topiary to explore ten inspiring National Trust sites. Join Bettany as she travels around some of the most splendid sites in England, guided by our experts, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

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Historian Bettany Hughes goes beyond the delights of teas and topiary to explore ten inspiring National Trust sites. Join Bettany as she travels around some of the most splendid sites in England, guided by our experts, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

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Like a mini vacation

By Hippopodimus - Apr 20 2017
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Enjoyed these episodes very much. Felt like I was on a vacation in England. Looking forward to more.

Great podcast

By Jane1567 - Mar 06 2017
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I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. I hope there will be a second season from Bettany Hughes on NT sites.

iTunes Ratings

19 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
4
2
0
0

Like a mini vacation

By Hippopodimus - Apr 20 2017
Read more
Enjoyed these episodes very much. Felt like I was on a vacation in England. Looking forward to more.

Great podcast

By Jane1567 - Mar 06 2017
Read more
I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. I hope there will be a second season from Bettany Hughes on NT sites.
Cover image of Bettany Hughes’s Ten Places, Europe and Us

Bettany Hughes’s Ten Places, Europe and Us

Updated 6 days ago

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Historian Bettany Hughes goes beyond the delights of teas and topiary to explore ten inspiring National Trust sites. Join Bettany as she travels around some of the most splendid sites in England, guided by our experts, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

Rank #1: Sutton Hoo

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Bettany visits Sutton Hoo in Suffolk to piece together a profile of the mystery king who was buried in the world famous Anglo-Saxon ship burial. A strong contender was King Raedwald who was important enough to warrant such a VIP burial. Bettany handles master crafted replicas of the ‘Mound 1’ treasures (the originals are now in the British Museum) with researcher Laura Howarth and learns how his grave goods show how well connected the king was to Europe and the wider world.

Archeologist Faye Minter spills the beans on new finds from Rendlesham, the likely royal residence and state centre of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia. Situated near the Sutton Hoo necropolis, Rendlesham gives fresh clues to the king’s lifestyle and his worldview.

For more information about Sutton Hoo, including opening times and dates, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 07 2016

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Rank #2: Fountains Abbey

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Now a romantic ruin, Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire was a thriving industrial hub for the Cistercian order of monks in the 12th Century. Here Bettany meets archaeologist Mark Newman to bring the Abbey to life once more and to explore the impact of the Cistercians, the first truly pan-European movement, on Britain’s economy.

Bettany meets Head of Landscape, Michael Ridsdale, to discuss how the ruined abbey became a folly to the Studley Royal Estate in the 18th Century, and how he and his team of gardeners are presenting the site for modern visitors. Finally, Bettany returns to the east end of the Abbey to learn from Mark how cutting-edge technology has revealed an exciting new find, which sheds fresh light on the monks’ beliefs.

For more information about Fountains Abbey, including opening times and dates, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #3: Chedworth Roman Villa

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Bettany takes a tour of the Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire with archeologist Martin Papworth who reveals what the latest excavations tell us about the people who lived here. Chedworth's heyday was during the 'Golden Age' of Roman Britain in the 4th Century, when the villa was surrounded by other luxury houses.

In the museum, Nancy Grace shows Bettany bits of Roman DIY, including painted plaster with a distinctly cubist pattern on it. She learns how the villa clearly belonged to wealthy Brits made good, who kitted out their bathroom with highly sought-after 'little onion' marble, imported from Imperial quarries on the Greek island of Euboea.

For more information about Chedworth Roman Villa, including opening times and dates, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chedworth-roman-villa For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 31 2016

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Rank #4: Kingston Lacy

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At Kingston Lacy in Dorset, Bettany meets House Steward Bernie King to learn about William John Bankes who, during the 19th Century, turned Kingston Lacy into the treasure trove you’ll find today. This extraordinary house is a testament to Bankes’ obsession for exploring and collecting in Europe and beyond. Bettany examines his fabulous European art collection with paintings expert Christine Sitwell and is given exclusive access to William John’s sitting room to learn more about what made him tick.

The tragedy of Bankes’ life is that he never saw out his days at Kingston Lacy after he was forced into exile in Italy for being gay, at a time when homosexuality was illegal. Although Bettany learns it is very likely he visited the house incognito to comment on the door hinges!

For more information about Kingston Lacy, including opening times and dates, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 21 2016

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Rank #5: 2 Willow Rd

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Bettany takes a tour of 2 Willow Road in Hampstead with National Trust volunteer John Escolme. The house was built by Hungarian architect Ernö Goldfinger both as family home and manifesto of his Modernist ideals. Goldfinger is famous for designing Trellick Tower in West London to solve the post-war housing crisis. Despite its nadir in the 1970s when Trellick became known as ‘the tower of terror’, it’s now something of a cultural icon, although Erno never lived to see its rehabilitation.

Bettany explores the way this remarkable tweed-wearing émigré brought the Bauhaus to Britain with Goldfinger’s biographer Nigel Warburton, and how at 2 Willow Rd, he paid homage to our Georgian architectural tradition in what is now considered to be a Modernist masterpiece.

For more information about 2 Willow Rd, including opening times and dates, go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/2-willow-road For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 26 2016

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