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Special Announcement

Special Announcement

2022-11-0302:001

We’re working hard on bringing you more podcast episodes but in the meantime, we have a special announcement…
Strange Fowle

Strange Fowle

2021-11-1635:44

It’s become a symbol for extinction; the dodo is a semi-mythical creature which most of us know only through Alice in Wonderland. But one particular dodo was the victim of a crime – murder. Its skull now sits in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. And it holds the clues to a thrilling mystery which illustrates a little-known colonial legacy. Season Two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Not Your Venus

Not Your Venus

2021-11-0935:07

Sarah 'Saartjie' Baartman was taken to the UK by a British doctor. But did she know what she was signing up for? Stage-named 'The Hottentot Venus', Sarah was paraded around freak shows in London and Paris. During her life and even after her death, she was objectified, mistreated and abused. More than 200 years after her death, her life story reveals confronting truths about the treatment of black female bodies and how much has, and hasn’t, changed. Season Two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Cup Runneth

Cup Runneth

2021-11-0238:52

In County Cork, Ireland, there’s a tree that locals call the Chalice Tree. Local lore says it’s where British Redcoats disrupted a secret Catholic mass, killed two priests and took a sacred chalice. Now that chalice sits in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. But what happened in the intervening 200 years is now being pieced together by two Irish families: the O’Keeffes and the McAulliffe’s. Season Two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Losing Your Marbles

Losing Your Marbles

2021-10-2636:46

They’ve seen wars, the bottom of the ocean and even - bizarrely - been part of a boxing match. The story of how the Parthenon Marbles actually ended up in London’s British Museum is a wild tale featuring bribes, court cases and some extremely dodgy deals.   There’s been a centuries-long campaign to get them back to their homeland. Now, a team of Greek-Australians have decided that the time for diplomacy is over and a new tactic is required.  Season Two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
The Abductions

The Abductions

2021-10-1935:18

A war. A ransom. And a stunning recovery mission. Five elaborately carved panels were buried in a New Zealand swamp to protect it from a war. Then 150 years later, they’re acquired by a British collector before being sold to a Swiss-Bolivian collector in Geneva. And their long journey home began when a kidnap ransom payment had to be made. This is the remarkable story of the Motunui Epa. Season Two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Season Two Coming Soon

Season Two Coming Soon

2021-10-1205:00

Have you ever wandered around a museum and thought “How on Earth did all of this stuff get here?” You’re not alone. 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 podcast tells the stories about the not-so-polite history behind those looted objects. In Season Two, Walkley award-winning host Marc Fennell will take you to a temple, a tree, a lab, a paradise island, a crime scene and a stage. You’ll uncover abductions, scandals and a murder investigation. Episode One out October 20. Season two of Stuff the British Stole is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Shots Fired

Shots Fired

2020-12-1932:22

The Gweagal shield is just one of the things James Cook and his shipmates took from the local people when they landed in Botany Bay. Why has it become the most contentious?
The Headhunters

The Headhunters

2020-12-1228:46

The arrival of Europeans in NZ kicked off a trade in Mokomokai — tattooed heads but these colonial souvenirs have their own complex history.
Best.Named.Dog.Ever

Best.Named.Dog.Ever

2020-12-0528:50

Don’t let their fluffy hair and judging eyes fool you, Pekingese dogs are hiding a secret. Their history encompasses torture, hubris, war, and some very long sleeves. Most importantly these dogs — well, one in particular — may hold the key to understanding the sometimes vexed relationship China has with the West.
Blood Art

Blood Art

2020-11-2830:23

What if your doorstop was evidence of brutal mass murder and wholesale theft?
A Tiger and a Scream

A Tiger and a Scream

2020-11-2132:10

How a toy tiger became the symbol of a struggle between India and its former British colonisers
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.
Comments (25)

J J

Fascinating and well researched with interesting guests that are relevant and cross a wide range of society. I'm loving this podcast and gobbled it up like that tiger did to that dude.

Apr 30th
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Svend Hodgetts

love this show. It's just really really good

Dec 9th
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Cassie Malchak

Ask a Mortician did a YT video about Saartjie https://youtu.be/tRZMN6LqeCU

Nov 12th
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Ken Atkins

As a long distance truckie, when my local ABC drops out, and ABC RN crackles away, podcasts are my sole entertainment. Huge fan of Background Briefing and the Signal. Having now discovered Stuff the British Nicked, adds wonderfully to my outback listening pleasure. Well done Mark and your crew.

Nov 10th
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Emily Wise

I really enjoy this podcast for its info but I feel that even as it reveals some of the horrors of colonisation it is still trying to play it down. It was a horror show.

Nov 6th
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Julie homewood

what a great way to tell history, great concept, being British I have been to many museums, you look at objects but never get this detailed information. being British this podcast is also making me cringe a bit to !

Aug 24th
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Karli Fleming

Came here from 99PI. LOVE IT

Aug 2nd
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Alistair Jones

great podcast

Aug 2nd
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Emily O

Absolutely fabulous. As a kiwi this makes my skin tingle. Ka Pai!

Jul 17th
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Hanneke Van Hout

i love this podcast

Jun 24th
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Geoffrey Mee

ytf ...why have u got a shot of the nsw premiere and the pm when referring to wa?...stupid ppl eho made this adf.

Jun 13th
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Lisa Canty

Absolutely wonderful story telling of such interesting historical events. Highly recommend this fascinating podcast.

Dec 30th
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kiki bleachie

This is my new favourite podcast, love it :)

Dec 23rd
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everachelt

soooooo good!!! 💜💯

Dec 19th
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ID19361854

Great post cast :)

Dec 11th
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Gavin

A really interesting series about the often horrific stories behind the objects in British museums.

Dec 10th
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Gautam Mishra

This podcast is incredible.

Dec 9th
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Andy G

Brilliant story telling. Brings history to life. I'm hooked.

Dec 9th
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Diana Hunt

I am 100% mesmerised.. BBC I think. fascinating read about the tiger, con

Nov 23rd
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