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News release - Issued by Immediate Media Co

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend returns to York 

Speakers include Anthony Beevor, Jonathan Dimbleby, Tristram Hunt, Michael Wood, Tracy Borman, Dan Snow & Suzannah Lipscomb

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend festivals are back this autumn for the fourth year running - staged in two locations across two weekends, the festival will be returning to York for the second time and also makes its debut in the historically picturesque Winchester. This year’s festival is bigger and better than ever before, with a line-up featuring even more expert speakers.

Building on the success of last year’s debut festival in York, BBC History Magazine‘s History Weekend returns to the historic city from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November. Over 20 leading historians and authors will share their passion for the past with fellow history lovers across two beautiful venues – the Yorkshire Museum and the 14th century Hospitium.

The York line-up includes: Juliet Barker on discovering the real Charlotte Brontë; Paul Cartledge discussing Democracy, Ancient Versus Modern: Ten Things you Really Ought to Know; Andrew Lownie’s exploration into the lives of Guy Burgess; and James Sharpe asking Why did We Stop Punishing Criminals in Public?

Dave Musgrove, BBC History Magazine Publisher, says: “It’s great to be returning to York for a second year. We had such an amazing response to our festival last year that we couldn’t fail to come back. And of course, this year will be bigger and better than before, with new venues in a beautiful and historic setting, and a mouth-watering programme of talks from some world-class historians and authors."

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend will make its debut in the city of Winchester from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October. The magnificent 13th century Great Hall which houses a famous replica of King Arthur’s round table and the nearby Elizabethan II court, Ashburton Hall, will play host to speakers over three days, including: AC Grayling examined 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 explores why The Battle of the Somme occupies a unique place in Britain’s national psyche.

A number of the guests will be appearing across both weekends, including: acclaimed author and historian Tracy Borman on The Private Lives of the Tudors; renowned English historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood discusses Searching for Shakespeare; Fern Riddell explores How To Please Your Wife: A Victorian Guide to Love, Sex, and Marriage; and historian, broadcaster and academic Suzannah Lipscomb unravels what made the Tudors great leaders. Both festivals will also host a fully-stocked bookshop, catering and speaker book signings.

Tickets and full details of the line-up for both History Weekends are on sale now at or call 0871 620 4021. Subscribers to BBC History Magazine can take advantage of a reduced rate for all ticket options, and there are discounts for visitors buying tickets for both festivals.


For further details contact: / 020 7150 5013

Notes to editors:

BBC History Magazine is the biggest selling and most authoritative history magazine in the UK. BBC History Magazine has a monthly circulation of 97,527 (ABC Feb 2016). BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world’s leading historians and journalists, shedding new light on the past to help us makes more sense of today’s world. In November 2015 BBC History Magazine Editor, Rob Attar, was name the British Society of Magazine Editor of the Year in the special interest category. BBC History Magazine is published by Immediate Media under licence from BBC Worldwide.

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Dominic Lobley
Head of PR
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