Teenage historians in Dorset have launched a brand-new history podcast six months in the making.

The podcast series by the Keep Military Museum Young Historians group will feature local people connected to Dorchester’s military history.

The Young Historians are a weekly after-school club for 14 to 18-year-olds based at The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester. They have been working on their new podcast ‘Keeping It Real’ for the past 6 months and are finally ready to launch.

The project was led, designed and produced entirely by the teens, with the group creating a series of podcast episodes with guests such as local military history writer Christopher Jary, and national serviceman Nick Speakman, who describes serving at the Keep when it was still a working barracks. Even the podcasts logo was created by the group.

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The podcasts will be released weekly on The Keep Military Museum website at keepmilitarymuseum.org/younghistorians, with the first episode launching on Thursday, April 13.

To celebrate the release and the Young Historian’s group, the museum is offering free admission to History students on Thursday, April 13 - all students need to do is show their school or college timetable for free entry.

The Young Historians is a free after-school club at The Keep Military Museum and meet on Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm.

Since May 2022, the group has been working on a variety of projects, including designing the February half-term trail, writing a group manifesto, and preparing a project about LGBT+ figures through history for Shire Hall Museum’s Youth Pride.

The podcast project was voted on by the group who have set about designing a concept, branding, and choosing a name. It has been their main project since October 2022.

For more information about joining the group, please contact Flora Scott on admin@keepmilitarymuseum.org.

The Keep Military Museum is the regimental museum of the Devonshire and Dorsetshire Regiments, in Dorchester, Dorset. Built-in 1879, the historic building houses a military collection of over 75,000 objects.

The museum is a landmark in the heart of Dorchester. It was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, and is built from Portland stone which gives it a white appearance.