Stuff the British Stole
Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects. Season two is co-produced with CBC Podcasts.
Claire Booth • Do Some Damage • Nov 7, 2021
"Stuff the British Stole isn’t so much a cataloging of what British Imperialists took from Indigenous Peoples around the world as it is a contextualization of the consequence. a great example of the wonderful global-ness of the podcasting universe. It’s also an example of a creative work that gets its tone exactly right. Fennell is a light touch, using humor and cheekiness when appropriate, but also making sure to respectfully show the painful emotions still felt by the Empire’s victims."
Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian • Dec 12, 2020
"Marc Fennell, fab Aussie podcaster of It Burns and Nut Jobs, investigates a single cultural artefact in each episode of his new podcast, thus exposing what he calls the “not-so-polite history” of the British empire. Fennell is immensely entertaining, his podcasts are always gripping and this is an excellent series that uses history, colonialism and art to examine where we are today. Recommended."
Anna Leszkiewicz • New Statesman • Dec 2, 2020
"The show’s title may make it seem like an explicitly political project aiming to remind listeners of the often violent path that brings historical artefacts to sit behind a shiny glass panel. Not so. "
Mim • Nov 14, 2021
"As a woman of colour, I was deeply, deeply moved by the episode on Sarah Baartman. If the White Suffragettes thought they had it hard (and still do) spare a thought for coloured women who often are faceless, nameless and underrepresented in positions of influence and power. Apart from the inhumane treatment of Sarah, the fact that these archaic colonial views still persist today albeit in more subtle forms is more than disappointing. You can pat yourself on the back for the abolition of slavery but the abolition of certain attitudes towards race and specifically coloured women still has a long way to go."