Autumn Festival 2024

7th – 22nd September 2024

Join us in September for a mouthwatering programme of over 200 events including more than 100 of Britain’s top speakers at the iconic Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

Max Hastings, Kate Mosse, Dan Jones, Alison Weir, Clare Mulley and Nathen Amin are just some of the world-class historians joining us this autumn.

King’s Talks

Aden: War and Peace at the end of Empire 

19 July 2024

Join former Royal Marine Commando and historian Denis Sparrow as he tells the turbulent story of Yemen and Aden, exploring fascinating parallels with today’s Middle East, and gives a compelling eye-witness account, both gripping and humorous, of life under fire in a British outpost at the end of Empire.

Schools History Afternoon

20 September 2024

Join Janina Ramirez, leading TV presenter and author of the Sunday Times bestseller Femina, and Shalina Patel prize-winning broadcaster, teacher and creator of Instagram history sensation The History Corridor, as they tell the stories of some extraordinary women and ask: what are the challenges facing today’s historians working at the sharp end of history?

We are Proud to work in close partnership with other Gloucester heritage organisations: Gloucester Day, Heritage Open Days and Voices Gloucester.

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Use our virtual maps to discover hidden the gems of the City, Barton and Tredworth

Watch Past Events

Enjoy events from previous festivals


2024 Events





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