Battle of Britain Spitfire Hero

Audio from Geoff Wellum’s talk with James Holland at Chalk Valley History Festival on Saturday, 28th June 2014.

Geoff Wellum was a spitfire pilot throughout the Battle of Britain, flying and fighting in some of the fiercest aerial battles of that summer of 1940. More recently, he became the celebrated author of First Light, an astonishing memoir of those days. This was a rare public appearance and a very special event.

VIDEO: 5 Minutes With…Tracy Borman

Tudor historian, Tracy Borman talks to CVHF volunteer and history student, Eleonor Watson about her latest novel,. The Kings Witch, why she decided to start writing historical fiction and what her job entails as chief curator at the Royal Palaces.

5 Minutes with… Tracy Borman from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

Al Murray and James Holland Discuss Sherman Tanks

Here’s James Holland chatting to Al Murray at #CVHF 2018

Al Murray and James Holland – Sherman Tank from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

5 Minutes with… Ali Ansari

Ali Ansari is a Professor in the School of History and the Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. Here he is talking to CVHF Volunteer and history student, Ellie House about politics in Iran, how Iranians view their own history and the importance of nationalism in the preservation of the current government.

5 Minutes with… Ali Ansari from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

#VotesForWomen Montage

In this centenary year of the first women getting the vote in Britain, some of our wonderful 2018 speakers tell us why they think it was such an important moment in history.

#VotesForWomen Montage from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

VIDEO: 5 Minutes With…Rob Wilkins

Rob Wilkins talks to us about his friend Terry Pratchett, his love of the Chalke Valley and the amazing Shed of Doom!

5 Minutes with… Rob Wilkins from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

Claire Mulley in conversation with James Holland

Clare Mulley talks to James Holland about the Women Who Flew For Hitler, the only 2 female test pilots in Nazi Germany.

Annette Gordon-Reed in conversation with James Holland

Here’s Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard Professor, Annette Gordon-Reed Annette Gordon-Reed talking to James Holland about Thomas Jefferson whose actions and ideas — more than those of any of the other Founding Fathers —still divide Americans two centuries later.

Annette Gordon-Reed in conversation with James Holland from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Competition Time!

Send us your best ‘lesser-known’ historical fact before midnight on Saturday 30 June and you could WIN a subscription to @HistoryHitTV!! Here’s @James1940 with the details of this AND our Festival Photo Competition.. #AmazingHistory

Competition update – Thursday from Chalke Valley History Trust on Vimeo.