BBC History Magazine's History Weekend

Fri 07/10/16 11:00 AM - Sun 09/10/16 5:00 PM

BBC History Magazine's weekend festival is back this autumn for a fourth year running. This year’s festival sees a new historic setting in the centre of Winchester with a tremendous line-up featuring some of the biggest names in popular history.

From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October, the festival will be making its debut at the Hampshire town of Winchester. The magnificent 13th century Great Hall which houses a famous replica of King Arthur’s round table and the nearby Ashburton Hall, will play host to speakers over three days, including: AC Grayling examining how the 17th-century intellectual revolution moved the human mind from a medieval to a modern outlook; Anthony Beevor discussing the significance of Hitler’s last great offensive at Ardennes in 1944; Tristram Hunt on the Ten Cities that Made an Empire; and Dan Snow exploring why The Battle of the Somme occupies a unique place in Britain’s national psyche.

This fascinating weekend is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the world’s leading historians and authors on a range of topics from Richard III and The Battle of the Somme to the Last Royal Rebels and The Private Lives of the Tudors. There are also ‘special events’ to enjoy such as ‘The Historical Trips Debate’ where four expert historians will debate the Second World War as well as a fun ‘H for History Quiz’