The Blackfriars Talks 2021

SATURDAY 11th – Sunday 19th September  


What’s Happening?

Looking back at the Blackfriars Talks 2020

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 last year 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 last year’s free programme right into your home with our virtual Blackfriars Talks. 

We’re programming the 2021 Festival now – do let us know if there’s anyone you’d be keen to hear at the Festival. You can email us at 

A great opportunity for everyone new to the Blackfriars Talks to enjoy our 2020 talks, as you get excited for what’s coming up this year…

You can still enjoy Blackfriars 2020 Events Below

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Past & Future Events

september 2021

13sep(sep 13)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmWriting Medieval Women Back Into HistoryJanina RamirezEvent Type :Black Friars

14sep(sep 14)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pm100 Great Black BritonsPatrick Vernon & Dr Angelina OsborneEvent Type :Black Friars

15sep(sep 15)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmLouis VIII: England’s Forgotten King?Catherine HanleyEvent Type :Black Friars

15sep(sep 15)8:00 pm03(sep 3)9:00 pmAncient Global DiscoverersMichael Scott & Janina RamirezEvent Type :Black Friars

16sep(sep 16)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmHenry III: The Rise to PowerDavid CarpenterEvent Type :Black Friars

16sep(sep 16)8:00 pm03(sep 3)8:45 pmA Street Through Time: Gloucester's Westgate StAndrew ArmstrongEvent Type :Black Friars

17sep(sep 17)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmMary Beard in ConversationEvent Type :Black Friars

18sep(sep 18)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmThe Journey to The MayflowerStephen TomkinsEvent Type :Black Friars

18sep(sep 18)8:00 pm03(sep 3)8:45 pmHow Special A Relationship?US Ambassador Woody Johnson & Lord Hague of Richmond in conversation with Gloucester's MP Richard GrahamEvent Type :Black Friars

19sep(sep 19)6:00 pm03(sep 3)7:00 pmBettany Hughes in conversationBettany HughesEvent Type :Black Friars

19sep(sep 19)8:00 pm03(sep 3)9:00 pmHenry VII and the Tudor PretendersNathen AminEvent Type :Black Friars

20sep(sep 20)8:00 pm03(sep 3)9:00 pmDavid Olusoga In ConversationEvent Type :Black Friars

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