We’re excited to announce that the BBC History Magazine history festival is returning to Malmesbury for the magazine’s biggest festival yet. This year, over four days – Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 October – almost 40 leading historians and authors will share their passion for the past with fellow history lovers in the magnificent Malmesbury Abbey, stunning marquee in Cloister Gardens, Town Hall and the Old Bell Hotel.
We’ve got some incredible speakers coming this year, with a line-up of returning favourites and Malmesbury first-timers. Michael Wood will be coming back on the Friday evening, and we’re delighted that Melvyn Bragg will also be speaking on the Friday night. Leading historical novelist Alison Weir will be headlining on the Thursday evening. Major new faces this year include World War Two expert Sir Ian Kershaw, leading church historian Professor Diarmaid Macculloch, BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera (talking on the history of spies), Loyd Grossman (talking about Benjamin West). Numerous top-sellers from our previous festivals will also be returning, such as Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb, medievalists Dan Jones and Helen Castor, Anglo-Saxon expert Janina Ramirez, modern historian Dominic Sandbrook, military historian Max Hastings. Dan Snow, TV presenter and Malmesbury history weekend regular, will be closing the festival on Sunday afternoon. Also new for this year is a debate event on the Saturday evening with Saul David, Nina Ramirez, Suzannah Lipscomb and Tom Asbridge followed by a history quiz with Julian Humphrys.
Tickets are on sale now and selling fast so to make sure you don’t miss out.
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We hope to see you again for another successful show in Malmesbury