Chalke Valley History Heroes

See dates below for specific talks | Prices vary

This year, Chalke Valley History Festival is celebrating the lives of the great and the good who have lived in our valley by hosting six talks on photographer, painter, interior designer Sir Cecil Beaton, antiquary, natural philosopher and writer, John Aubrey, former Prime Minister, Anthony Eden, novelist, playwright and poet, Sir William Golding, artist, Henry Lamb and of course, author Sir Terry Pratchett.

Hugo Vickers – CECIL BEATON: MALICE IN WONDERLAND

6.30 – 7.30pm Tuesday 26th June 2018
Hugo Vickers became Cecil Beaton’s authorised biographer at Beaton’s request, and was given access to voluminous unpublished material. Yet because Beaton died two days later, Vickers was subject to none of the usual restrictions. Here he will explore the legacy of the legendary photographer, designer and artist, a Renaissance man whose style and wit dominated so much of the twentieth century.

Primrose Campbell – HENRY LAMB:  A LIFE IN PICTURES

5.00-6.00pm Monday 25th June 2018
Primrose Campbell will outline the turbulent life of her grandfather, the artist Henry Lamb. Raised in an academic household, he was drawn to both medicine and art. As a medical officer in WW1 he won a Military Cross but was intimate with the leading artists of his day and elected a Royal Academician in 1949. Through it all, he loved and painted the scenery of old Wessex, particularly the Chalke Valley.

Rick Gekoski – WILLIAM GOLDING

8.45 – 9.45pm Friday 29th June 2018
As part of our Chalke Valley History Heroes series, writer and critic Rick Gekoski takes a look at Sir William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies and other classics, as well as winner of both the Booker and the Nobel Prize for Literature. A former resident of Bowerchalke, he also taught at Bishop Wordsworth’s School and is rightly feted as one of our greatest novelists.

Alex von Tunzelmann – ANTHONY EDEN AND THE SUEZ CRISIS

3.00 – 4.00pm Sunday 1st July 2018
The Suez Crisis of 1956 led the world to the brink of a nuclear conflict and saw the effective end of Britain’s role as a global superpower. At the centre of this drama was one of the Chalke Valley’s most prominent residents, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden. Alex von Tunzelmann will provide a blistering account of the machinations behind Eden’s catastrophic handling of the Suez Crisis.

William Poole – JOHN AUBREY

3.30 – 4.30pm Monday 25th June 2018
John Aubrey was one of the best-connected scholars and antiquaries in the great decades of the British scientific revolution. A Broad Chalke resident, he was renowned as one of the fathers of English archaeology for his work at Stonehenge and Avebury. Dr William Poole, co-editor of Aubrey’s complete correspondences, will provide an expert guide to his many diverse achievements as an all-round virtuoso.

Rob Wilkins – THE WRITE FANTASTIC: TERRY PRATCHETT

10.00 – 11.00 Saturday 30th June 2018
Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors to have ever lived. His Discworld novels have sold tens of millions all over the world. Many were written here, in Broad Chalke, and in this talk his right-hand man and collaborator, Rob Wilkins, will talk about his life, his work, his inspiration and his profound love of the Chalke Valley.

Over the coming weeks, we will be giving away tickets to these talks.