Media

Media

Please find below our latest media releases, interviews, articles, video content and other news.

Our team has expertise across a range of subjects, so if you are looking for guests on podcasts, television or radio shows, opinions on the history and legacy of the Second World War, or comment on any other related area, please get in touch.

For all media enquiries, please email theirfinesthour@ell.ox.ac.uk.

🖥️ Reflections on ‘Their Finest Hour’ – Their Finest Hour (ed.ac.uk)Edinburgh University

📰 Hampshire's secret collections of World War II memories | Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chronicle, 15 June 2024

🖥️ WW2 artefacts archived by University of Oxford - BBC NewsBBC News, 10 June 2024

🖥️  D-Day latest: Biden takes swipe at Putin in D-Day speech; read chilling 'in case of failure' letter | UK News | Sky NewsSky News, 6 June 2024

🖥️ D-Day latest: Biden takes swipe at Putin in D-Day speech; read chilling 'in case of failure' letter | UK News | Sky NewsSky News, 6 June 2024

🖥️ D-Day latest: Biden takes swipe at Putin in D-Day speech; read chilling 'in case of failure' letter | UK News | Sky NewsSky News, 6 June 2024

📰 D-Day: The stories of Warwickshire soldiers and their roles in the D-Day landings (warwickshireworld.com)Warwickshire World, 6 June 2024

📰 Largest ever publicly accessible online archive of Second World War memorabilia goes live today - The Jewish Chronicle (thejc.com)The Jewish Chronicle, 6 June 2024

📰 Their Finest Hour website goes online - Who Do You Think You Are MagazineWho Do You Think Your Are Magazine, 6 June 2024

▶️  Making Your Thing Happen | Wix (youtube.com), WW2TV, 6 June 2024

📰 On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a new book recalls the exploits of 13 Tyneside war heroes - Chronicle LiveChronicle Live, 6 June 2024

📰 ‘Hell on Earth’: Story of Irish veterans on the 80th anniversary of D-Day – The Irish TimesThe Irish Times, 6 June 2024

🎙️ Adam Ball - D-Day: 80 years on - BBC SoundsBBC Radio Oxford, 6 June 2024 

🎙️ D-Day Special - Not So Secret D-Day with Dr. Joseph Quinn of the Their Finest Hour Project - History Rage | PodfollowHistory Rage, 6 June 2024

🎙️ Episode 6 Bomber Command and D-Day (extended episode) (buzzsprout.com), Never Mind the Dambusters, 5 June 2024

🖥️ Couple interned in Manx WW2 camps feature in online project - 3FM Isle of Man (three.fm) , 3FM, 4 June 2024

📰 Incredible hidden stories of Liverpool's wartime past - Liverpool Echo , Liverpool Echo, 3 June 2024

📰 New WW2 archive unveils rare stories and artefacts from Scotland (scotsman.com) , The Scotsman, 30 May 2024

📰New archive unveils rare WWII tales and artefacts from WarwickshireWarwickshire World/Leamington Courier/Warwick Courier, 29 May 2024

📰New archive unveils rare WWII tales and artefacts from YorkshireYorkshire Post, 29 May 2024

🖥️ Medway’s commemorations for the 80th anniversary of D-Day | Medway Council , Medway Council, 28 May 2024

📰New archive unveils rare WWII tales and artefacts from BelfastNews Letter (Belfast), 28 May 2024

📰New archive uncovers rare WWII stories and artifacts from PortsmouthThe News (Portsmouth), 24 May 2024

📰Book celebrating South Shields World War II heroes to commemorate 80th anniversary of D-DayThe Shields Gazette, 21 May 2024

📰Memories of 80 years ago fast fading in Liverpool to be preserved - Liverpool EchoLiverpool Echo, 27 February 2024

🖥️ Their Finest Hour – Liverpool History Society, Liverpool History Society

📰 Scousers can share WWII stories and mementoes to feature in huge online archive | The Guide Liverpool, 📰The Guide, Liverpool

📰Newbury museum hosts final digital collection day to preserve WWII memories (newburytoday.co.uk), Newbury Today, 23 January 2024

📰Their Finest Hour digital collection day comes to West Berkshire Museum, Newbury next week (newburytoday.co.uk), Newbury Today, 12 January 2024

📰Young Reporter, Their Finest Hour, Isabel Sayers, Burnt Mill Academy | Gazette (gazette-news.co.uk), Daily Gazette, 8 January 2024

📖Legion Jan 2024 EZINE (adobe.com), Legion, January 2024

📄Your u3a Friends Newsletter - December ️ (mailchi.mp), u3a newsletter, December 2023

📰 War is universal, says journalist on quest for your stories of the Blitz | Islington Tribune, Islington Tribune, 8 December 2023

📰 Second World War evacuee from Upper Basildon found living in Australia (newburytoday.co.uk), Newbury Today, 2 December 2023

▶️Their Finest Hour Collection Day at Theale Library (youtube.com), Newbury Today/YouTube, December 2023

📰People invited to bring Second World War artefacts to Yorkshire library for online archive project (yorkshirepost.co.uk), The Yorkshire Post, 27 November 2023

📰Halifax residents are asked to share their Second World War memories at Central Library event (halifaxcourier.co.uk), Halifax Courier, 25 November 2023

📺People urged to share memories from the Second World War in digital collection day at Edinburgh University | STV News, STV, 25 November 2023

📰 Five things you need to know today | The Edinburgh Reporter, The Edinburgh Reporter, 24 November 2023

📰 Their Finest Hour project looking for World War 2 objects | Peeblesshire News, Peebleshire News, 22 November 2023

📰 Digital Collection Day – wartime memorabilia and stories wanted | The Edinburgh Reporter, The Edinburgh Reporter, 22 November 2023

📰 Oxford turns to public to collect artefacts for new digital World War II archive - Cherwell, Cherwell, 16 November 2023

📰 Burnt Mill Academy to take part in event aimed to preserve Second World War memories - Your Harlow, Your Harlow, 13 November 2023

🖥️ Public invited to help World War Two preservation project - BBC News, BBC News, 13 November 2023

📰 Secret lives of Bletchley Park worker and U-boat hunter revealed for first time, Metro, 11 November 2023

📰 Poignant letters show how a Tommy wrote to true love as guns fired after D-Day, Metro, 11 November 2023

📰 University Calls for WWII Artifacts in Preservation Project | Mirage News, Mirage News, 9 November 2023

🖥️Share your families’ Second World War stories at Medway Archives Centre | Medway Council, Medway Council, 7 November 2023

📄 Nucleus event will help to preserve memories of wartime (johnogroat-journal.co.uk), John O’ Groat Journal, 5 November 2023

📰 North Somerset library events to preserve Second World War memories | Weston Mercury (thewestonmercury.co.uk), Weston Mercury, 2 November 2023

🖥️ Library events aim to preserve Second World War memories | North Somerset Council (n-somerset.gov.uk), North Somerset Council, 2 November 2023

🖥️ Oxford University collecting for World War Two archive - BBC News, BBC News, 31 October 2023

📰 Thetford Library hosts team from Their Finest Hour to help collect World War Two memories (suffolknews.co.uk), Suffolk News, 19 October 2023

🖥️ EVERY STORY MATTERS | Oxford Alumni , Quad, 16 October 2023

📰 Second World War nostalgia event at Thetford Library | Eastern Daily Press (edp24.co.uk), Eastern Daily Press, 14 October 2023

📰 West Berkshire called to preserve Second World War memories (newburytoday.co.uk), Newbury Today, 12 October 2023

📰 100-year-old Lancaster pilot’s experiences among amazing WWII stories recorded in Leamington (warwickshireworld.com), Warwickshire World, 9 October 2023

📰 Submarine Museum event aims to preserve Second World War memories (portsmouth.co.uk), The News (Portsmouth), 8 October 2023

📰 Lancing history day sees people share their World War Two stories | The Argus, The Argus, 27 September 2023

📰 Lancing Prep at Worthing holds a special History Day collecting digital memories of World War Two (sussexexpress.co.uk), Sussex Express, 22 September 2023

📰 Their Finest Hour comes to Bognor Regis - digital collection day on November 11, 2023 (sussexexpress.co.uk), Sussex Express, 19 September 2023

📰 Leamington History Group to hold heritage day at town centre church next weekend (warwickshireworld.com), Warwickshire World, 7 September 2023

🖥️ Event aims to preserve Second World War memories (leicester.gov.uk), Leicester Council, 5 September 2023

🖥️ Heritage Open Days - Creativity Unwrapped - The Association of English Cathedrals, Discover Cathedrals, 5 September 2023

🎙️BBC CWR radio interview, 3 September 2023.mp3 | Their Finest Hour (ox.ac.uk) BBC CWR, 3 September 2023

📰 Navy Museum event aims to preserve Second World War memories (portsmouth.co.uk), The News (Portsmouth), 30 August 2023

📰 Coventry Cathedral wants Second World War stories and objects for new digital archive - CoventryLive (coventrytelegraph.net), Coventry Live, 11 August 2023

📰 Coventry Cathedral event aims to preserve Second World War memories (warwickshireworld.com), Warwickshire World, 11 August 2023

📄 How to support the Their Finest Hour project, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, 29 June 2023

📄 u3a - Third Age Matters Summer 2023 - Screenreader Edition, Third Age Matters, Summer 2023

📰 Belfast Linen Hall collecting family stories of Second World War for digital archive project - Belfast Live, Belfast Live, 14 June 2023

🎙️195 - Their Finest Hour Project (ww2podcast.com), WW2 Podcast, 7 June 2023

🎙️Their Finest Hour on X: "Dr Joseph Quinn (@ww2research) recently joined @Adam_English_ to talk about https://t.co/BTHSIlgSgr and the importance of preserving the stories and objects of #WW2. Listen below 👇 https://t.co/UMCnyURz2K" / X (twitter.com), BBC Radio Oxford, 5 June 2023

📰 York Army Museum calls for objects relating to the Second World War | York Press, The York Press, 3 June 2023

🎙️Episode 19: Their Finest Hour and Ulster at War with Dr. Joseph Quinn - WartimeNI, WartimeNI, 31 May 2023

📰 Share your WW2 stories and objects with RGS Worcester | Worcester News, Worcester News, 29 May 2023

📰 Lancing Prep at Worthing invites people to bring World War Two memories to Digital Collection Day (sussexexpress.co.uk), Sussex Express, 23 May 2023

🎙️History Cafe: Memory and Myth – Oxford research project ‘Their Finest Hour’ - SOUND CORRECTED on Apple Podcasts, History Café, 11 May 2023

📄 Your u3a National Newsletter - April  (campaign-archive.com), u3a Newsletter, 1 April 2023

📖Digital Collection Day at The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (oxmag.co.uk), Ox Magazine, April 2023

🖥️ Their Finest Hour (normandy1944.info), D-Day: Eyewitness Accounts of WW2, 22 March 2023

▶️ https://www.youtube.com/live/DYEtoqzpS5E?feature=share, WW2TV, 15 March 2023

🎙️Uncovering the WWII Stories Left Behind: Their Finest Hour - YouTube, OTD Canadian Military History, 7 March 2023

Their Finest Hour Podcast

Episode Description People Date Captions
Noor Inayat Khan: the "Spy Princess" - Interview with Shrabani Basu Joseph Quinn speaks to Indian journalist, bestselling author and historian, Shrabani Basu, about the life and career of legendary SOE agent, Noor Inayat Khan. Shrabani Basu, Joseph Quinn 8 September, 2023  
Soldiers of the Punjab in two world wars - Interview with Amandeep Madra Joseph Quinn speaks to Amandeep Madra, founder of the UK Punjab Heritage Association, about Pubjabi and Sikh soldiers in the British Indian Army. Joseph Quinn, Amandeep Madra 25 August, 2023  
The Duke of Windsor's German tutor - Interview with Emma Huber Emma Huber, German subject librarian at Oxford's Taylorian Library, speaks to Joseph Quinn about the life and career of Professor H.G. Fiedler. Emma Huber, Joseph Quinn 2 August, 2023  
Northern Ireland in WW2 - TFH Collection Day at the Linen Hall, Belfast Interview with Scott Edgar at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, just after hosting the first TFH Collection Day event in Northern Ireland. Joseph Quinn, Scott Edgar 13 July, 2023  
Fighting Proud: Gay Men in Wartime - Interview with Stephen Bourne Interview with Stephen Bourne about the experiences of gay men in the British Armed Forces and at home during the Second World War. Matthew Kidd, Stephen Bourne 28 June, 2023  
Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime - Interview with Stephen Bourne Interview with Stephen Bourne about the contribution of black men and women in wartime Britain during the Second World War. Stephen Bourne 20 June, 2023  
Stories from the Archive - Part 1 First episode of a new Their Finest Hour podcast mini-series examining a selection of stories submitted to the Online Archive. Joseph Quinn 19 May, 2023  
The Women behind "the Few" - Interview with Dr Sarah-Louise Miller Interview with Dr Sarah-Louise Miller about the role of the WAAF in British air intelligence. Joseph Quinn, Sarah-Louise Miller 11 April, 2023  
Building the digital archive A short interview with the project's technical lead, Catherine Conisbee, on building the digital archive. Catherine Conisbee 23 March, 2023  
A Postcard from Hitler The Project Lead, Dr Stuart Lee, discusses his most memorable finds on previous crowdsourcing projects Stuart Lee 8 February, 2023  
Introducing 'Their Finest Hour' A brief introduction by the project team to 'Their Finest Hour' Stuart Lee, Matthew Kidd, Joseph Quinn 23 January, 2023