Yes, it's a strange kind of history. And that’s the way Public Historian Greg Jenner likes it. Because, he says, how we sit, where we sit, what we do when we sit and what happens as a result of all that sitting says a lot about humans past and present.

 

It shows how the language and culture of sitting is deep seated in all of us. It sits listeners down in classrooms, parliaments, sports grounds, protests and in the penitentiary death chamber. 

Fiona Sturges, Financial Times: 'Along with its unusual subject matter, (Greg) Jenner's series is notable for its excellent writing...You can imagine this seemingly niche podcast translating easily into a book or a TV series such is its wide ranging nature. You might even say it was bottomless.'

 

So if you're sitting comfortably....