Return to the Lost Island Listen now (14 min) | Welcome to the History Islands. This is the story of a bold expedition that set out to claim a desolate wilderness and transform it within a generation. The empty place they settled was Sark - the cliffs looming on the northern horizon, so close yet abandon…
Leap to Liberty: A Jersey LegendListen now (10 min) | Welcome to another episode of the History Islands. This week I bring you one of Jersey’s most curious and engaging legends - a me…
Paul Darroch
Helier, my friendListen now (5 min) | Welcome to another episode of the History Islands. Today’s story is set in Jersey’s distant past, in a world where legend and hist…
Paul Darroch
The Army of Winter Night - Part IIIListen now (9 min) | It is the Spring of 1781. Jersey has been saved from the invading French army. Yet it was a shockingly close-run escape, and a sca…
Paul Darroch
The Army of Winter Night - Part IIListen now (8 min) | In this episode, we continue the story of the Battle of Jersey. It is January 6th, 1781, and a French army is marching into St Hel…
Paul Darroch
The Army of Winter Night - Part I Listen now (5 min) | Jersey 6 January 1781 Midnight has come and St Helier lies under the heart-stopping spell of a freezing January night. The foul br…
Paul Darroch
Bitter Harvest: The Tragedy of the LaurelListen now (5 min) | This week’s story tells of a shocking Victorian tragedy that unfolded in Grouville bay. It is a sobering read, and of course is ba…
Paul Darroch
Jersey: The Story of an IslandListen now (6 min) | Welcome to another episode of The History Islands. I hope you enjoy this week’s journey through Jersey’s rich and eventful history…
Paul Darroch
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