1940 & 1945 DAYS at this year’s festival

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June 2020 – 09:30 – 17:30 | Price £various

2020 marks two big anniversaries: the 80th of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, and the 75th of the end of the war.

This year, we will be commemorating both with two very special days of programming, focussing on a range of events and perspectives from those two pivotal years, not just in the war, but in world history.

Each will include stand-alone talks, discussions, demonstrations and will include Stuat Watson a veteran of the 13/18th Hussars and who served throughout the war in Northwest Europe in 1944-45, and some of the finest historians and academics from both sides of the Atlantic. We are particularly thrilled to have Michael Neiberg from the US Army War College, Geoff Wawro from North Texas University, Alexandra Richie from Warsaw and Philips Payson O’Brien, an American historian currently based at St Andrew’s University. They will be joined by Al Murray, co-host of the hugely successful WWII podcast, We Have Ways of Making You Talk, as well as other leading historians such as Jonathan Fennell and Daniel Todman, who are producing exciting new work on the subject that is changing how we look at the war, and acclaimed historians Roger Moorhouse, Gary Sheffield, Peter Caddick-Adams and Frank McDonough, who will be joined by actor Paul McGann.

In between, there will a display by a Hurricane during the 1940 day, as well as a chance to get up close and personal with some of the equipment and machinery of the period – both big and small – and to hear some of the stories of those who lived and fought through those extraordinary years.

The full schedule will be released in April.