PRESS RELEASE: Festival launches major new five-year project threading together the different strands of Britain’s history

A major new five-year project, threading together the different strands of Britain’s history, has been announced. Entitled ‘Britain: The Thread of History 1603-2016’, this exciting new venture will be launched on the first day of this year’s Festival, on Monday 24th June 2019.

Against the backdrop of widespread political uncertainty and cultural change, it has never been more relevant to understand the rich and varied history of the British Isles. Why are we the nation we are? And why do we have the cultural and ethnic mix that we do? The answers, of course, lie in our country’s past. With this ground-breaking project, the Festival aims to thread together many of the different strands of Britain’s story in a series of thirty-five talks, downloadable podcasts and chapters, which will combine into a single-volume book, published by Bantam Press in 2023. One copy of the book will be donated to EVERY secondary school in the country.

A very eminent body of historians has helped steer this very special project from conception to reality:

• Professor Ali Ansari, School of History, University of St Andrews
• Chris Culpin, Historian, former Teacher, CVHT Trustee
• James Holland, Historian, Broadcaster, CVHF Chair and Programme Director
• Dr Clare Jackson, Broadcaster and Senior Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
• Professor Margaret Macmillan, Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford University
• Dan Snow, Historian and Broadcaster

Professor Ali Ansari will give an overview of this thought-provoking new initiative with an introductory talk on the first afternoon, followed by a series of seven talks given by other distinguished historians, covering the reign of James I and VI, the War of the Three Kingdoms, the emergence of new political and religious thinking, right through to the Restoration.

For each subject in the Thread of History, among the very best historians and communicators have been chosen to be a part of this incredible story. Every speaker will write a 4,000-word essay, with each one forming a chapter to be included in the proposed book. The first podcasts and accompanying essays will be available to download later this year.

The line-up for the 2019 series of talks, plus a full list of all 35 chapter outlines for the forthcoming book can be found here:

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