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Our Part in the Great British Story

24 May 2012

The Great British Story: A People’s History - a new landmark eight part television series on BBC TWO, kicks off on Friday 25 May by looking at the roots of early Britain.

The Great British Story

The Great British Story

 

Cardiff University's 2012 excavations of previously unknown vast Roman complexes at Caerleon, South Wales feature in the first programme focusing on how the Romans - who named this far corner of their empire 'Britannia' - envied the land of the Britons with its "winters not too cold, and summers not too hot".

Historian and presenter Michael Wood marvels at the resilience and diversity of its people who turned a small island into a great power, and celebrates "one of the most astonishing tales in history".

The series charts Great Britain and Northern Ireland's remarkable past from the perspective of ordinary people. It utilizes the extraordinary energy and interest of local communities combined with the incredible resources of local archives, museums, societies and universities up and down the land to tell the story of our history.

Taking The Great British Story: A People’s History on the road is no mean feat. BBC Learning are giving visitors a unique opportunity to find out more about their own personal history as well as that of their local area in five events around the UK. The Cardiff event is to take place at St Fagans National History  Museum on Saturday 16 June (10-5pm).

Michael says: “The Great British Story has revealed things which perhaps we take for granted; Britain has the most incredible variety of people, cultures and traditions. Having a local context to the great events of history brings them alive in a new and captivating way and I hope people will be inspired by the television programmes to continue to uncover their own place in history by visiting one of this summer’s events.”

As well as the main BBC tour supporting the TV series there are hundreds of other events and activities organised by the BBC’s partners taking place across the UK.

For more details: bbc.co.uk/greatbritishstory