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Nigel Rigby tells the story of ruthless pirate John Gow

Nigel Rigby rediscovers the story of 18th-century pirate John Gow in a rare, and now reprinted, book about his life. Listen in to find out more about Gow’s adventures – and his eventual capture and execution. Download this episode

Richard Wragg takes an Archive Journey to the poles

Archivist Richard Wragg delves into another Archive Journeys story box from the Museum’s library. Inside are letters, books and other artefacts that reveal more about the lives of polar explorers. Download this episode (Flash video) Download this episode (mp4 video)

Conservator Paul Cook takes a closer look at Arctic artefacts

Conservator Paul Cook tells the improbable story of a small hydrogen balloon and its mission to find lost polar explorers. Download this episode

David Rooney introduces Rita Atkinson, the ‘perfect telephone subscriber’

David Rooney introduces Rita Atkinson, the ‘perfect telephone subscriber’ and reveals how she helped choose the first voice of the speaking clock. Download this episode

Claire Bretherton answers your questions about telescopes in space and dark matter

Astronomer Claire Bretherton answers some of the more challenging questions you’ve left on the Big questions answered phone line. This time it’s all about telescopes in space and the ever-mysterious dark matter. Download this episode

David Rooney talks about the Greenwich bomb

David Rooney recounts the day a bomb was brought to Greenwich, and how the Royal Observatory had a lucky escape. Download this episode

Claire Bretherton answers your questions about the stars, planets and the Moon

Claire Bretherton answers a fresh batch of your astronomy questions, this time about the stars, planets and the Moon. Download this episode

David Rooney tells us the story of the six pips

Join David Rooney to find out about Dama Nellie Melba, pioneer of wireless entertainment, the story of the clock that made the six pips, and why, if you’re a stickler for punctuality, you should hang on to your analogue radio set. Download this episode

David Rooney listens in to Long Player – music for the next 1000 years

Join David Rooney as he goes to the Royal Observatory’s Great Equatorial building to listen in to Long Player. Discover how this amazing piece of music will play without repeating for 1000 years and how it was composed to make us think about time into the future. Download this episode

Rebekah Higgitt tells us how to play Science and Sport, an astronomy board game

Rebekah Higgitt, Curator of History of Science and Technology, talks about one of her favourite objects – an early 19th-century astronomy board game, in which the winner was crowned Astronomer Royal. Download this episode