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
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