History Lab

Australia’s investigative history podcast

History Lab || exploring the gaps between us and the past || This series is made in collaboration by the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney and 2SER 107.3FM Host Tamson Pietsch Executive Producer Emma Lancaster Producer Tom Allinson, Ninah Kopel, Olivia Rosenman, Ellen Leabeater Supervising producer and Sound Engineer Miles Martignoni Sound design Joe Koning Digital Producer Jason L'Ecuyer Digital Marketing Andy Huang Artwork design Honey Rogue Design Original music composed by Joe Koning and Michael Meme

What does it take to make History Lab?


This bonus interlude episode lifts the curtain on all that goes into making history for your ears!


Executive Producer Emma Lancaster steps out from behind the headphones and asks you to listen hard as she and host Tamson Pietsch discover that in the gap between historians and journalists, great things can happen.


The History Lab final episode for Season One 'Fishing for Answers' will be available 25 July 2018.


To find out more about the History Lab pitching process head to https://historylab.net/pitch/


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In the middle of a mining town in outback Australia, over 400 kilometres from the closest ocean, stands a monument dedicated to the memory of the Titanic.

On the surface the story of  Broken Hill’s Titanic Memorial can be seen as a simple tale of memory and humanity, one community expressing their sympathy for another.

But on closer inspection, the politics of memory starts to unravel and raises questions about the power of remembering and why we do it in the first place.

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Quietly buried away in Western Sydney’s state archives is a secret history of love.

Lists of lingerie, love letters and lockets of hair, are stapled  to writs from over 200 years ago.

In the 19th century a broken engagement could damn a woman for life. But scorned women had an unexpected way to get square.

A now somewhat forgotten law known as ‘breach of promise to marry’ saw women awarded massive damages after being left jilted at the altar.

But why would the courts be interested in the failed love lives of working class people? And what does a convict’s daughter, a barrister and a former Prime Minister have to do with it?

In this episode of History Lab we sift through the historical remains to discover litigious lovers, colonial love triangles and the emergence of medicalised heartbreak on a quest to understand the history of love.

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What happens to evidence after a criminal trial?

Tamson goes looking for answers and finds them in the shadow of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian history - the Chamberlain trials

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This season on History Lab we are exploring the gaps between us and the past

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