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BBC History Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Jess Browne-Swinburne

19 May 2020

BBC History Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with a special issue  containing a special feature on the 20 Greatest Mysteries in History, plus a column by popular historian Michael Wood.

Launched in 2000 BBC History Magazine reaches more than 694k monthly consumers across a range of platforms which in addition to, the print magazine, now include the HistoryExtra.com website, a podcast and regular live reader events.

Rob Attar, Editor of BBC History Magazine, said: “Twenty years is a long time in the magazine business, and we’re delighted to have reached this milestone with BBC History Magazine in rude health. With a loyal and engaged print readership, as well as huge and growing numbers for our complementary website and podcast, we’re in a strong position to continue progressing over the next two decades and beyond.”

The HistoryExtra Podcast, produced by the editorial team behind BBC History Magazine and historyextra.com, was launched in 2007 as a monthly podcast. As its popularity has increased, History Extra is now released four times a week, gaining over 2 million listens a month and over 25 million a year. With more than 700 episodes in its back catalogue, HistoryExtra features interviews with historians, authors and broadcasters on a range of historical topics, from Ancient Egypt, the Vikings and Medieval history, to the Industrial Revolution, the World Wars and beyond.

In a first for the brand, HIstoryextra.com is hosting a Medieval History Festival for the week of 18-22 May. The online event will be led by a series of lunchtime video talks from leading historians covering topics such as medieval medicine, violence, food and drink, love and marriage, and religion and concluded with a panel discussion between the historians with questions from the historyextra audience.

David Musgrove, Content Director of BBC History Magazine added: ‘I’ve been with the magazine, as editor and then content director, for quite a lot of our 20-year history and I’m delighted that we’re still going strong, even with the turbulence today. I’d like to thank our loyal and engaged audience for sticking with us, and of course for all our new listeners, readers and viewers who are coming to us for context to, or escape from, the travails of the modern world.’

The June issue of BBC History Magazine is on sale from now priced at £5.50

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