Chalke Valley History Festival

Monday 27th June to Sunday 3rd July 2016

The Chalke Valley History Festival is a true celebration of the past.  Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning historic air show, it is a festival like no other.

Set in south-west Wiltshire, the festival’s home lies in an idyllic part of the world. Here, chalk downs, etched by ancient droves, overlook lush farmland and, during the week-long festival, a large encampment. It is a stunning spot – where an ancient English landscape meets Hardy’s Wessex. And for one week at the end of every June, this normally sleepy corner of England comes alive to the sound of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music.

Whether young or old, there is much on offer at this truly unique festival of history.

For full details of the programme and to book tickets go to: www.cvhf.org.uk

Chalke Valley History Festival

Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Peter Frankopan

Event 94 | Sunday 3 July 3.15-4.15pm | £13.50

The Silk Roads: A New World History has been justifiably acclaimed as an important and brilliant new work. In this major reassessment of world history, Peter Frankopan will give a compelling account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east. A brilliant speaker and communicator, he makes a very welcome return to the festival.

The Silk Roads

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Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature

Andrea Wulf

Event 94 | Sunday 3 July 3.15-4.15pm | £13.50

Andrea Wulf is the author of several acclaimed books and winner of the 2016 Costa biography award for her latest, The Invention of Nature. The Brother Gardeners won the American Horticultural Society Book Award and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Founding Gardeners was on the New York Times bestseller list. She has written for many newspapers and is a three-time fellow of the International Centre for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. She appears regularly on TV and radio.
The Invention of Nature
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Niall Ferguson – Kissinger 1923 - 1966

Niall Ferguson

Event 40 | Thursday 30th June 6.30-7.30pm | £14.75

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain’s most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Amongst many others, he is the author of The House of Rothschild and Civilisation. His feature-length film based on his interviews with Henry Kissinger, won the 2011 New York Film Festival prize for best documentary and his latest book Kissinger 1926-1968: The Idealist was published in September. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service, the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism.


Michael Wood - The Story of China

Michael Wood

Event 76 | Saturday 2 July 5-6pm | £12.50

Michael Wood is one of the country’s best loved historians and a regular face on television for over three decades. He has made well over a hundred documentary films and is known for his work with community historians across the UK. He is also the author of numerous best-selling history books, including In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and his latest, The Story of England. He is currently filming Story of China for the BBC.
In Search of the Dark Ages
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Dan Jones – The Plantagenets

Dan Jones

Event 101 | Sunday 3 July 6.45-7.45pm | £13.50

Dan Jones is an acclaimed historian and award-winning journalist. His first book, Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, was an Independent Book of the Year. He is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and writes for The Times and Literary Review amongst others. He is also a regular presenter of BBC documentaries. His latest book on is The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors.
The Plantagenets
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Chalke Valley arial show photo copyright 2013 John E. Fry