Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend 2024

 Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April


Spring Weekend 2024

Quench your curiosity and join over thirty of Britain’s top historians, broadcasters, politicians and thinkers at the Spring Weekend this April.

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Festival Passes

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Spring Pass – £155 – numbers limited

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Power and Politics

BBC International Editor Jeremy Bowen travels across the Middle East and former NATO Supreme Commander General Tim Radford and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace ask does NATO still matter? Former BBC Eastern Europe correspondent Victor Sebestyen and historian Olesya Khromeychuk discuss Ukraine right now, and The Observer’s Will Hutton joins top historian David Kynaston to debate the legacy of 20th century Prime Ministers.


Royal Rebels

Philippa Langley explores Richard III and the fate of the Princes in the Tower, Suzannah Lipscomb reveals how James I took the throne, Nicola Tallis lifts the lid on the rift between Tudor Queens Elizabeth and Mary, Estelle Paranque discusses Anne Boleyn and Mark Turnbull uncovers extraordinary new evidence about Charles I’s private life. 

Crossing Continents

Broadcaster Michael Wood journeys across ancient China, leading historian Peter Frankopan travels back through the history of weather, Janina Ramirez reveals the treasures of the Spice Routes, award-winning historian Nandini Das voyages to India’s dazzling Mughal Empire, top comedian Dom Joly visits Roswell, New Mexico on the hunt for aliens and Chris Packham explores the British landscape.


Unlocking Hidden Histories

Sathnam Sanghera and Kavita Puri trace the legacy of the British Empire, Call the Midwife’s Stephen McGann and Janina Ramirez explore the hidden history of women, Ian Mortimer reveals the sights, smells and sounds of the Middle Ages and Jon Eeles and Phil Moss uncover what life was really like during the Siege of Gloucester.

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Spring Weekend 2024 Events




thu11apr7:30 pmthu8:45 pmChris PackhamBack to Nature

fri12apr12:00 pmfri1:00 pmCourting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of EmpireNandini Das

fri12apr2:00 pmfri3:00 pmJeremy BowenThe Making of the Modern Middle East

fri12apr4:00 pmfri5:00 pmNATO at 75: Does It Still Matter?Ben Wallace & General Sir Tim Radford

fri12apr6:00 pmfri7:15 pmMichael WoodIn the Footsteps of Du Fu: China’s Greatest Poet

fri12apr8:00 pmfri9:00 pmElizabeth I & Mary I: Princess, Prisoner, QueenNicola Tallis

sat13apr11:00 amsat12:00 pmPeter FrankopanThe Earth Transformed

sat13apr12:30 pmsat1:30 pmWhy Do the Middle Ages Matter?Ian Mortimer

sat13apr2:00 pmsat3:00 pmTudor to Stuart Elizabeth I to James INot Just the Tudors: Suzannah Lipscomb & Susan Doran

sat13apr4:00 pmsat5:00 pmSathnam SangheraEmpireworld

sat13apr6:00 pmsat7:00 pmWomen: Medieval to ModernJanina Ramirez, Stephen McGann & Estelle Paranque

sat13apr8:00 pmsat9:15 pmDom JolyThe Conspiracy Tourist

sun14apr10:30 amsun11:30 amThe Siege of GloucesterJon Eeles, Phil Moss & Mark Turnbull

sun14apr12:00 pmsun1:00 pmThe Princes in the TowerPhilippa Langley

sun14apr2:00 pmsun3:00 pmEastern Journeys: The Incense RouteJanina Ramirez

sun14apr4:00 pmsun5:00 pmUkraine: What’s Really Happening?Victor Sebestyen, Olesya Khromeychuk & Richard Graham

sun14apr6:00 pmsun7:00 pmNever Had It So Good? Britain Since 1945Will Hutton & David Kynaston

sun14apr7:30 pmsun8:30 pmCharles I: From Glory to GloucesterMark Turnbull

Visiting the Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend 

Ticket booking information

Bookings will be available online, by phone and via the in-person Box Office

There is a Box Office onsite but we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Reservable seating: you can now choose and book specific seats when you book online, via phone or in person.

Book signings organised by Waterstones take place after each event.

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