Friday, August 08, 2008

English Heritage now offers online videos

English Heritage launches online TV
31 July 2008
Press Association

History fans who want to find out how to lay siege to a medieval castle or watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings can now tune into a series of online TV shows from English Heritage.

The national heritage body is officially launching EHTV, which provides a range of video and audio programmes with information on great moments in English history and behind-the-scenes looks at historic sites. Programmes on the site include celebrities Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen presenting a show on Eltham Palace and Konnie Huq talking about Osborne House. A series of tongue-in-cheek how-to guides allow people to find out how to do unusual things such as cook like a Roman, fire a bow and arrow and tell the time in the 9th century.

The programmes on the English Heritage website also include one on Dover Castle's secret wartime tunnel and another on the conservation of Silbury Hill. Dan Wolfe, English Heritage's marketing director, said: "We've teamed up with the History Channel along with a host of English Heritage experts, re-enactors and well-known names including Dan Snow and Bill Bailey, to put together a collection of original programmes, presenting reliable and accurate historical content in a format that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere."

Video and audio clips can be downloaded or streamed from the site and last from under a minute to up to an hour. EHTV is sponsored by the History Channel and can be accessed free at