Travels Through Time is an audio side project to my book writing. It started after a series of fortunate coincidences at Christmas time in 2018 and it has continued to grow in popularity, month after month, ever since. It is now established as a leading British history podcast.
The idea behind Travels Through Time is very simple. You find a historian or someone with a passion for the past and then you ask them the enticing question: ‘If you could travel back through time, which year would you like to visit?’ Once the guest has made their choice, then they guide us through that particular year in three telling scenes, before they return to the present day with a memento of their travels.
I had had this idea for a format-based show several years previously. In 2018 I met the brilliant audio producer Maria Nolan and we thought we’d test it out. We were lucky that our very first guest was one of the finest imaginable. Sir Michael Palin sat down and talked about the adventures of John Franklin in his ship HMS Erebus. Since then we have hardly stopped.
New episodes of Travels Through Time are released on Tuesday mornings (GMT). It’s always fascinating to see how different thinkers approach the past. We have had eminent historians like Simon Schaffer, Judith Herrin and Diarmaid MacCulloch as well as international bestsellers like Edward Rutherfurd, Ken Follett and Kate Mosse.
Nowadays it’s not just me and Maria wandering the streets of London with a microphone and a Zoom recorder. We’ve been joined by the historian Violet Moller and the very talented Artemis Irvine and there’s more people behind the scenes too. We also work in partnership with the quite brilliant visual historian Jordan Lloyd.
For those of you who would like to know more about Travels Through Time, there is nowhere better than our bright and beautiful website. Do check it out!
A couple of recent episodes are embedded below.