Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World
The Enlightenment was an age of endeavours. From Johnson’s Dictionary to campaigns for liberty to schemes for measuring the dimensions of the solar system, Britain was consumed by the impulse for grand projects, undertaken at speed. ‘Endeavour’ was also the name given to a Whitby collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768 for an expedition to the South Seas. A commonplace, coal-carrying vessel, no one could have guessed that Endeavour would go on to become the most significant ship in the history of British exploration.
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Travels Through Time
A few years ago I started an experimental audio project called Travels Through Time. It’s something of a Desert Island Discs but for history, with each episode revolving around the simple but endlessly fascinating question: if you could travel back in time, which year would you like to visit?
A hundred episodes on we’ve (there’s five of us now) had hundreds of thousands of listeners, been chosen as one of Britain’s best history podcasts and have made episodes with many of the world’s leading historians and novelists – from William Dalrymple to Ken Follett, Michael Palin to Kate Mosse.