Imagine radio had existed during the Great Famine. What would it sound like if you could go to an archive and listen to news reports from 1847?

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Great Hunger in 1997, BBC Merseyside created news reports as if their journalists were reporting live from 1847. With the permission of BBC Merseyside I am delighted to share some of these reports with you in this special episode. Given each report is based on actual events from Liverpool in 1847, this is history like you have never heard it before.

Thanks to Pauline McAdam for talking to me about the making of the reports, Mick Ord for sharing them with me and BBC Merseyside for permission to republish them.

Apologies for the delay in getting this show out – I got Covid-19 🙁

Sound by Jason Looney

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