Derek Turner

Set in a silver sea: the glory of Britain’s islands

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Alice Albinia reminds us that Orkney was a trading station long before London, Iona the epicentre of Celtic Christianity and Shetland a haven for liberal Udal law

England in infra-red: the beauty of the country at night

26 November 2022 9:00 am

Moving stealthily through starlit fields and woods, John Lewis-Stempel marvels at nature’s many dark mysteries

From hearts of oak to hulls of steel: centuries of the British at sea

2 April 2022 9:00 am

An ocean of clichés surrounds Britain’s maritime history, from Chaucer’s Shipman to the ‘little ships’ at Dunkirk. Tom Nancollas, whose…

The map as a work of art

19 December 2020 9:00 am

’Tis the season of complacency, when we sit in warmth and shiver vicariously with Mary and Joseph out in the…

Eager for beavers : the case for their reintroduction

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Conservationists are frequently criticised for focusing on glamorous species at the expense of others equally important but unluckily uglier —…

Our rivers, as much as our oceans, are in urgent need of protection

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Geography can be history and history geography — and sometimes the most obvious things are overlooked. Laurence C. Smith’s Rivers…

Lara Maiklem mudlarking.

The treasures to be found mudlarking by the Thames

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The 1950 B-film The Mudlark tells of an urchin who ekes out an unpleasant existence scavenging the slimy Thames foreshore.…

A remote island tribe in Indonesia makes whaling seem positively noble

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Our relations with cetaceans have always been charged with danger and delight, represented by the extremes of the Book of…

‘Spanish troops loot a village in Flanders during the Thirty Years War’, by Sebastian Vrancx

Simplicius Simplicissimus and the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War

31 March 2018 9:00 am

On 23 May 1618, Bohemian Protestants pushed two Catholic governors and their secretary through the windows of Prague Castle, in…

Class observation

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A hoicked-up small boy sits astride a yoked-up heavy horse, while three sun-stained men smile at posterity. Hairy hooves press…

Spurred on

28 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Old radicals become quietist’ a character in Valley of the Weed tells Plant, the appropriately-named private detective investigating the disappearance…