Autumn Festival 2023

 Saturday 2 – Sunday 17 September


Autumn Festival 2023

Quench your curiosity and join over one hundred of Britain’s top historians, broadcasters, politicians and thinkers at the Festival this September.

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Autumn Festival Passes

Save 20% on the price of your tickets with our great value passes

Day Pass – £40 – access to all events on your chosen weekday(s)

Festival Pass – £380 – now sold out

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Power and Politics

Former Prime Minister Theresa May discusses power and corruption, BBC International Editor Jeremy Bowen journeys across the Middle East whilst David Olusoga explores the Union of the British nations and why Black British History matters. Former Foreign Secretary David Owen explores Russia and Ukraine, General Richard Dannatt & Robert Lyman interrogate the history of the British Army and Gavin Esler & Iain Dale ask: Is Britain Better than This?


History on Screen

From Bridgerton to Poldark: TV’s top historical consultants reveal their secrets. A House Through Time: A sneak preview of the new BBC series from David Olusoga coming next Spring. Call the Midwife: Stephen McGann and series creator Heidi Thomas on history versus drama. Travels Through Time: Michael Wood and Janina Ramirez on the pleasures and perils of making history documentaries for TV.


Quests into Past Worlds

Natalie Haynes takes us into the world of Medusa and the Greek Myths, lexicographer and Countdown star Susie Dent unlocks the hidden history of words, Michael Wood reveals why the Anglo Saxons Matter and Michael Scott tours the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries. Tom Holland transports us to Ancient Rome, Clare Jackson, winner of The Wolfson History Prize, takes us to Stuart England whilst Tracy Borman explores mother & daughter Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I


Unearthing Hidden Histories

Leading actor Paterson Joseph introduces Charles Ignatius Sancho, Janina Ramirez uncovers magnificent medieval women, Peter Brathwaite explores Black Portraits across the centuries, Helen Rappaport goes in search of Mary Seacole,  Cat Jarman unlocks the Bone Chests of Anglo-Saxon England and Adam Rutherford asks: Where Are You Really From?

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Autumn 2023 Events




thu07sep7:00 pmthu9:00 pm150 Years of Gloucester Rugby

sat09sep12:00 pmsat1:00 pmFemina: A New History of the Middle Ages Through the Women Written Out Of ItJanina Ramirez

sat09sep2:00 pmsat3:00 pmInteresting Stories About Curious WordsSusie Dent

sat09sep4:00 pmsat5:00 pmCall the MidwifeStephen McGann & Heidi Thomas

sat09sep6:00 pmsat7:00 pmDavid Olusoga in ConversationDavid Olusoga

sat09sep8:00 pmsat9:00 pmStone Blind: Medusa’s StoryNatalie Haynes

sun10sep12:00 pmsun1:00 pmBeowulf & the Anglo-Saxon WorldJanina Ramirez

sun10sep2:00 pmsun3:00 pmThe Wolfson History Prize: Clare JacksonDevil-Land: England Under Siege

sun10sep4:00 pmsun5:00 pmRiddle, Mystery & Enigma: 200 Years of British-Russian RelationsDavid Owen

sun10sep6:00 pmsun7:00 pmDispatches from 21st Century DiplomacyCatherine Ashton

sun10sep7:30 pmsun8:30 pmDispatches from the Diaspora: From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives MatterGary Younge

mon11sep12:00 pmmon1:00 pmRoman Glevum: The Final 100 YearsNeil Holbrook

mon11sep2:00 pmmon3:00 pmBlackfriars: The Priory & its PeoplePhil Moss

mon11sep4:00 pmmon5:00 pmBlack Portraiture Across the CenturiesPeter Brathwaite

mon11sep6:00 pmmon7:00 pmHenry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Founding An EmpireMatthew Lewis

mon11sep8:00 pmmon9:00 pmFinding Whitefriars: The Rediscovery of Gloucester’s Lost FriaryPhil Moss, Marino Cardelli & Vernon Harwood

tue12sep12:00 pmtue1:00 pmApperley to Dymock: Place Names in the Gloucestershire LandscapeSimon Draper

tue12sep2:00 pmtue3:00 pmLoot & PlunderAndrew Heavens & Barnaby Phillips

tue12sep4:00 pmtue5:00 pmSpitfire!Air Marshal Black Robertson & Dilip Sarkar

tue12sep6:00 pmtue7:00 pmVictory to Defeat: The British Army 1918 – 1940General Lord Richard Dannatt & Robert Lyman

tue12sep8:00 pmtue9:00 pmX Marks the Spot: The History of Archaeology in Eight Extraordinary DiscoveriesMichael Scott

wed13sep1:00 pmwed2:00 pmWho was the Real Dick Whittington?Michael McCarthy

wed13sep3:00 pmwed4:00 pmMy Gloucester DiscoveryJanina Ramirez, David Carpenter & Phil Moss

wed13sep5:00 pmwed6:00 pmTravels in TimeMichael Wood

wed13sep7:00 pmwed8:00 pmWhy the Anglo-Saxons MatterMichael Wood

thu14sep12:00 pmthu1:00 pmIn Search of Mary SeacoleHelen Rappaport

thu14sep2:00 pmthu3:00 pmWomen in Intelligence: The Hidden History of Two World WarsHelen Fry

thu14sep4:00 pmthu5:00 pmFrom Bridgerton to Poldark: The Secret Life of the Historical ConsultantHannah Greig, Helen Fry & Helen Rappaport

thu14sep6:00 pmthu7:00 pmWhere Are You Really From?Adam Rutherford

thu14sep8:00 pmthu9:00 pmJames Naughtie in ConversationThe Spy Across The Water

fri15sep12:00 pmfri1:00 pmMargaret Beaufort: The Mother of the Tudor DynastyNicola Tallis

fri15sep2:00 pmfri3:00 pmHenry VII & Elizabeth of York: The Marriage That Made the TudorsNathen Amin

fri15sep4:00 pmfri5:00 pmThe Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery or MythNathen Amin, Nicola Tallis & Matthew Lewis

fri15sep6:00 pmfri7:00 pmOn This Day in PoliticsIain Dale

fri15sep8:00 pmfri9:00 pmBritain is Better than ThisGavin Esler and Iain Dale

sat16sep12:00 pmsat1:00 pmEast Germany from the Berlin Blockade to the Fall of CommunismKatja Hoyer

sat16sep2:00 pmsat3:00 pmThe Weimar Years: Rise and FallFrank McDonough and Paul McGann

sat16sep4:00 pmsat5:00 pmPax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden AgeTom Holland

sat16sep6:00 pmsat7:00 pmAnne Boleyn & Elizabeth I: The Mother and Daughter Who Changed HistoryTracy Borman

sat16sep8:00 pmsat9:00 pmHampton Court: From the Tudors to the WindsorsTracy Borman and Gareth Russell

sun17sep10:30 amsun11:30 amWarriors & Kingdoms: Tales of the Anglo-Saxon West (Test)Robert Plant, Martin Wall & Janina Ramirez

sun17sep10:30 amsun11:30 amWarriors & Kingdoms: Tales of the Anglo-Saxon WestRobert Plant, Martin Wall & Janina Ramirez

sun17sep12:00 pmsun1:00 pmThe Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius SanchoPaterson Joseph

sun17sep2:00 pmsun3:00 pmFormer Prime Minister Theresa May in ConversationThe Abuse of Power

sun17sep4:00 pmsun5:00 pmThe Bone Chests: Unlocking The Secrets of the Anglo-SaxonsCat Jarman

sun17sep6:00 pmsun7:00 pmThe Making of the Modern Middle EastJeremy Bowen

sun17sep8:00 pmsun10:00 pmThe Art of Darkness: Goth NightJanina Ramirez, John Robb & live music from Inkubus Sukkubus

sat21oct6:30 pmsat7:30 pmThe Secrets of Stonehenge: The Stones Through the CenturiesJulian Richards

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