Entries by James Holland

Welcome to CVHF 2013!

After months of feverish anticipation, the stage is set. CVHF has opened its gates today for the third year and it already promises to be an unforgettable week. With over 30,000 passionate punters poised to descend on our Wiltshire site this week to savour seven action packed days devoted to history, CVHF has preserved its […]


PRESENTING THE PAST – in the BBC TENT THIS ON SATURDAY AT 1.30pm This is a chance to meet the the people behind our history programmes on BBC TV and Radio.  Their illustrious panel will be discussing what makes a successful programme, what works and what doesn’t. You can hear about the challenges of making history […]

Digging for History Pre-Dig Talk Friday 31st May

The Festival is launching a very exciting new Chalke Valley Archaeology project this year, led by Alex Langlands, one of the stars of the BBC’s hugely successful historic Farms series.  Alex has recently just completed his PhD on Anglo-Saxon history in the Wessex area, and so combined with his considerable archaeological experience, is well-placed to conduct […]

New Talk: Dams Raid 70th Anniversary

To tie-in with the 70th Anniversary, James Holland, Co-Chair of the Festival and best-selling author of the acclaimed account of the Dams Raid, will be giving a talk on this most famous of all wartime raids.  Highlighting some of known and lesser-known characters involved, he will explain how this was an even more impressive operation […]

New Talk: Sarah Dunant on the Borgias!

 Sarah Dunant is one of our most widely read and acclaimed historical novelists, and we are thrilled to announce that she will now be giving a talk on the Saturday night of the Festival on the subject of her latest work: the Borgias.  Possibly the most notorious family ever to have lived, the Borgias not […]

New Additions to the Air Show!

We are thrilled to announced that not only will we have a Miles Messenger flying into the  Festival and becoming an exhibit throughout, we will also be visited by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Hurricane on the Saturday, and the Dakota on the Sunday.  The Messenger is owned by Paul Beaver, who has been […]

New Event on the Historical Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

The Chalke Valley History Festival is delighted to announce that Charles Moore, award-winning journalist and Lady Thatcher’s authorised biographer, will now be giving a talk about former Prime Minister’s place in history.  Given unprecedented access to former colleagues, friends and enemies, as well as to Lady Thatcher’s own private papers, Charles Moore is supremely well-placed […]

New Artwork for This Year’s Festival

We’re fortunate to have a brilliant artist and designer working with us to produce lots of exciting, witty, and highly original artwork.  Johnny Bull has been with us since the outset and his unique style has already become a feature of the History Festival.  We’ve already posted most of his new work up on the […]

Richard III Unearthed

The Festival team have been watching the archaeological developments at Grey Friars in Leicester with great interest as we have Richard Buckley and Mathew Morris coming to the Chalke Valley History Festival this June.  These two academics and archaeologists from Leicester University have been leading the Grey Friars Project, the search for the body of […]