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Dan Snow interviews Helen Berry for History HIT

Dan Snow’s History Hit is the UK’s most successful history podcast featuring historians at the forefront of research and debate, with almost a million listens every month. Dan travels the length and breadth of the country to keep up with the cutting edge of history.  Hear his interview with Helen Berry about her new book Orphans of Empire: the Fate of London’s Foundlings here:


New Book – Orphans of Empire

Helen’s new book Orphans of Empire: the Fate of London’s Foundlings was published by Oxford University Press in April 2019 – it can be ordered from OUP here or at Amazon here. 

‘Desperate mothers, abandoned babies: the tragic story of London’s foundlings’, The Spectator

A ‘myriad telling details unearthed by Helen Berry in her attractive retelling of the hospital’s fascinating history’, Literary Review

‘This book has soul’, The Times

Film screening and round-table discussion, ‘Letters from Baghdad’, Royal United Services Institute

letters from baghdadApril 2017 saw the release of a new documentary-length film about Gertrude Bell, Letters from Baghdad featuring remarkable footage and recreations of Bell’s life from her correspondence and photography. Helen Berry joined the film’s Directors, Sabine Krayenbuhl and Zeva Oelbaum, diplomats and politicians from the Middle East for a round-table discussion of Bell’s life and legacy with a public audience of 200 at the Royal United Services Institute, London. View a trailer for ‘Letters from Baghdad’ narrated by actor Tilda Swinton here, and a video of the panel debate.