Welcome to the Gloucester History Festival!

Now in its 12th year, Gloucester History Festival attracts tourists from across the country to Gloucester for a week long programme of talks and experiences. Renowned speakers and national and international historians come together to deliver an exciting array of live events in the iconic Blackfriars Priory.

Away from the live festival, history enthusiasts can watch digital recordings and events connected to previous festivals as our growing online archive continues to attract audiences from across the globe who can watch on demand.

Gloucester History Festival is proud to work closely with its partners – Gloucester Civic Trust who enable the public to access some of the City’s most treasured buildings as part of the Heritage Open Days festival; Gloucester Voices who work closely with the City’s communities to understand their heritage today; and Gloucester Day, the team behind the much loved Celebration Day that celebrates all things traditionally Gloucester.

We invite you to join us from 3 – 18 September 2022 at Gloucester Blackfriars for a fantastic programme of new live talks and events.

You can also experience all the best moments of our past festivals throughout the year by accessing our online library of recorded digital events from previous years.

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

Explore Gloucester History Festival

Explore Our Partners

Find out more about Heritage Open Days and Gloucester Voices


Explore Gloucester

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

Festival Archive

Enjoy events from previous festivals


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fri09sep6:00 pmfri7:00 pmThe Prime MinistersIain Dale

sat10sep6:00 pmsat7:00 pmCharles I - Rebellion, Regicide and ReputationMark Turnbull

mon12sep10:00 ammon11:00 amAndrew Armstrong Schools Event

fri16sep4:00 pmfri5:00 pmThe Secrets of Gloucester’s Westgate StreetAndrew Armstrong & Phil Moss

fri16sep6:00 pmfri7:15 pmIn Search of the Dark Ages: A History of Anglo-Saxon EnglandMichael Wood

fri16sep8:15 pmfri9:15 pmRiddle, Mystery and Enigma: 200 Years Of British-Russian RelationsDavid Owen

sat17sep12:00 pmsat1:00 pmFemina: A New History of the Middle Ages Through the Women Written Out of ItJanina Ramirez

sat17sep2:00 pmsat3:15 pmProfessor Alice Roberts: Buried

sat17sep4:15 pmsat5:15 pmInside The Cold War Mind: The War of NervesMartin Sixsmith

sat17sep6:00 pmsat7:00 pmThe Red Prince: John of GauntHelen Carr

sat17sep8:00 pmsat9:00 pmGloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of QueenshipSiobhan Clarke

sun18sep12:00 pmsun1:00 pmAct of OblivionRobert Harris

sun18sep2:00 pmsun3:00 pmFortress of God: Aethelflaed, Gloucester & the Reconquest of EnglandAndrew Armstrong

sun18sep4:00 pmsun5:00 pm20th Century Prime Ministers: Harold WilsonNick Thomas-Symonds

sun18sep6:00 pmsun7:00 pmThe Partition of India: 75 Years OnYasmin Khan & Kavita Puri

sun18sep8:00 pmsun9:00 pmUnearthing Tutankhamun : 100 Years LaterJanina Ramirez


sat29oct6:30 pmsat7:30 pmInvasion: Edward III & The Hundred Years’ War | 2022 Winstone TalkDan Jones

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