The Blackfriars Talks 2020

Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 September  


Blackfriars Talks 2020

A digital programme

2020 was a pioneering year for Gloucester History Festival. It was the first year we held our Festival completely online. Here you can browse the events that were part of the 2020 Festival, and enjoy many of the events on-demand.

The 2020 Blackfriars Talks offered a unique snapshot of how Britain’s top historians were feeling, thinking and reflecting in September 2020. A 10-day time capsule in an extraordinary year. From Colston to Covid, quarantine culture to university education, the US election to China’s future, it’s all here and combined with profound, wry and honest insights into writing history and what being a historian was really like in 2020.

Highlights included Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Neil Gaiman, leading historian and broadcaster Michael Wood bringing to life the history of China, Olivette Otele talking about her new book African Europeans: An Untold History, Michael Scott star of the BBC TV series Ancient Invisible Cities and Festival President Janina Ramirez who shares enthralling tales of medieval women.

We were thrilled to be able to bring a free programme right into
your home with our virtual Blackfriars Talks in 2020.

Browse the events that took place here and continue to
enjoy them on demand

Blackfriars 2020 Events

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13sep6:00 pm7:00 pmWriting Medieval Women Back Into HistoryJanina Ramirez6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

14sep6:00 pm7:00 pm100 Great Black BritonsPatrick Vernon & Dr Angelina Osborne6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

15sep6:00 pm7:00 pmLouis VIII: England’s Forgotten King?Catherine Hanley6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

15sep8:00 pm9:00 pmAncient Global DiscoverersMichael Scott & Janina Ramirez8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

16sep6:00 pm7:00 pmHenry III: The Rise to PowerDavid Carpenter6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

16sep8:00 pm8:45 pmA Street Through Time: Gloucester's Westgate StAndrew Armstrong8:00 pm - 8:45 pm Event Type:Black Friars

17sep6:00 pm7:00 pmMary Beard in Conversation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

17sep8:00 pm17oct9:00 pmVirtual EventThe Story Of ChinaMichael Wood8:00 pm - (october 17) 9:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

18sep6:00 pm7:00 pmThe Journey to The MayflowerStephen Tomkins6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

18sep8:00 pm8:45 pmHow Special A Relationship?US Ambassador Woody Johnson & Lord Hague of Richmond in conversation with Gloucester's MP Richard Graham8:00 pm - 8:45 pm Event Type:Black Friars

19sep6:00 pm7:00 pmBettany Hughes in conversationBettany Hughes6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

19sep8:00 pm9:00 pmHenry VII and the Tudor PretendersNathen Amin8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

20sep8:00 pm9:00 pmDavid Olusoga In Conversation8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type:Black Friars

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