Talks programme

Monday 20th – Sunday 26th June 2022 | Various Prices

Our 2022 lineup of debates, discussions, and lectures from leading thinkers and speakers.

Over 150 fascinating talks for 2022 including Antarctica: Finding the Endurance; The life of Queen Elizabeth II; The Wartime Diaries of Churchill’s Youngest Daughter; Tutankhamun’s Trumpet; and a History of Football – there really is something for everyone.

Talks in Hiscox and Smith & Williamson Tents are individually priced.
Talks on the Outdoor Stages are included in the Outdoor Programme Ticket.

Monday 20th June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £10 Child FREE
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £10 Child FREE
3.45-4.45 1. The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room
REDISCOVERING WOMEN IN HISTORY
Philippa Gregory & Alison Weir £16
2. FOSSIL HUNTING ON THE JURASSIC COAST: NEW DISCOVERIES FROM THE KIMMERIDGE CLAY OF DORSET
Steve Etches £13
3. EMPIRES OF THE NORMANS: MAKERS OF EUROPE, CONQUERORS OF ASIA
Levi Roach (£ see above)
4. AUDIENCE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE ASSASSINATION OF JULIUS CAESAR
History Hit (£ see above)
5.30-6.30 5. BRITAIN AND THE WORLD OF DIPLOMACY
Peter Westmacott £15
6. THE TUDORS IN LOVE: THE COURTLY CODE BEHIND THE LAST MEDIEVAL DYNASTY
Sarah Gristwood £14
7. WOLFBANE
Michelle Paver (£ see above)
8. POWER AND PRIVILEGE: A RECENT HISTORY
Richard Beard & Simon Kuper (£ see above)
7.30-8.309. THE HAPPY TRAITOR: SPIES, LIES & EXILE IN RUSSIA – THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF GEORGE BLAKE
Simon Kuper £15
10. LIFE AFTER GRAVITY: ISAAC NEWTON’S LONDON CAREER
Patricia Fara £14
11. HOW TENNIS INVENTED EVERYTHING
Christian Howgill (£ see above)
12. TUTANKHAMUN’S TRUMPET: THE STORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT IN 100 OBJECTS
Toby Wilkinson (£ see above)
9.00-10.0013. THE FAIRY TELLERS: A JOURNEY INTO THE SECRET HISTORY OF FAIRY TALES
Nick Jubber (£ see above)

Tuesday 21st June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £10 Child FREE
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £10 Child FREE
3.45-4.45 14. CROWN AND SCEPTRE: A NEW HISTORY OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY FROM WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR TO ELIZABETH II
Tracy Borman £14.50
15. SHACKLETON’S ENDURANCE: AN ANTARCTIC SURVIVAL STORY
Joanna Grochowicz £13.50
16. DEVIL-LAND: ENGLAND UNDER SIEGE, 1588 – 1688
Clare Jackson (£ see above)
17. HISTORY HIT TV (£ see above)
5.30-6.30
18. GEORGE III: THE LIFE AND REIGN OF BRITAIN’S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MONARCH
Andrew Roberts £15
19. THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF GREECE
James Heneage £14
20. RURAL LIFE FROM THE 1940S TO THE PRESENT & BEYOND
Simon Smart, Allen Chalk, James Holland (£ see above)
21. PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY
Lipika Pelham with Tom Holland (£ see above)
7.30-8.30
22. BROTHERS IN ARMS: ONE LEGENDARY TANK REGIMENT’S BLOODY WAR FROM D-DAY TO VE-DAY
James Holland £15
23. FREE: COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF HISTORY – GROWING UP IN COMMUNIST ALBANIA
Lea Ypi £14
24. CONTROL: THE DARK HISTORY AND TROUBLING PRESENT OF EUGENICS
Adam Rutherford (£ see above)
25. U.S. CIVIL WAR: THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM, 17 SEPTEMBER 1862
Iain MacGregor (£ see above)
9.00-10.0026. TALES OF ANCIENT ROME: THE YEAR OF THE FOUR EMPERORS
Tom Holland (£ see above)

Wednesday 22nd June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £11.50 Child £3
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £11.50 Child £3
10.30-11.30
27. SAS VETERAN JACK MANN
Jack Mann with Paul Beaver £13
28. THE RISE OF EMPIRE
Saul David £12
12.00-1.00

29. SOLDIERS: GREAT STORIES OF WAR & PEACE
Max Hastings £15
30. THE HABSBURGS: THE RISE AND FALL OF A WORLD POWER
Martyn Rady £13
31. THE PENINSULAR WAR
Peter Caddick-Adams (£ see above)
32. HISTORY HIT TV (£ see above)
2.00-3.00
33. THE PATHFINDERS: THE ELITE RAF FORCE THAT TURNED THE TIDE OF WWII
Will Iredale & Paul Beaver £13.50

34. GEORGE V: NEVER A DULL MOMENT
Jane Ridley £13
35. DEFYING HITLER: THE WHITE ROSE PAMPHLETS
Alexandra Lloyd, Rachel Herring & Amy Wilkinson (£ see above)
36. THE LOST VIRTUE OF MANLINESS
Joanna Grochowicz & Patrick Cordingley (£ see above)
3.45-4.45
37. JANE AUSTEN AND HER WORLD
Gill Hornby & Robert Morrison £14
38. HORDE: HOW THE MONGOLS CHANGED THE WORLD
Marie Favereau £13
39. TRAVELS THROUGH TIME: 1815 WITH OSKAR JENSEN
Violet Moller & Oskar Jensen (£ see above)
40. THE GROWTH OF BRITISH NAVAL POWER
Sam Willis (£ see above)
5.30-6.30
41. IN SEARCH OF THE DARK AGES: A HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF BRITAIN
Michael Wood £15
42. NOT FAR FROM BRIDESHEAD: OXFORD BETWEEN THE WARS
Daisy Dunn £14
43. WAR AGAINST RUSSIA
General Sir Richard Shirreff (£ see above)
44. AUDIENCE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF GUAGAMELA
History Hit (£ see above)
7.30-8.30
45. PRETORIA BOY: THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICA’S ‘PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE’
Peter Hain £15
46. SBS: SILENT WARRIORS – THE WARTIME HISTORY OF THE SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE
Saul David £14
47. SMUGGLING IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Alex Preston (£ see above)
48. VAGABONDS: LIFE ON THE STREETS OF NINETEENTH CENTURY LONDON
Oskar Jensen (£ see above)
9.00-9.4549. SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
Michael Wood (£ see above)

Thursday 23rd June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £12.50 Child £4
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Adult £12.50 Child £4
9.30-4.45

50. SECOND WORLD WAR DAY £72 (includes events 55. and 59.)
THE ENCIRCLEMENT OF KIEV, 1941: HOW THE GERMANS WON THEMSELVES TO DEATH IN THE EAST
Stephen Prince & James Holland
10.30-11.30am
51. OUR BRILLIANT ISLES: OUR UNTOLD HISTORY REVEALED THROUGH ART
James Hawes £12
12.00-1.00SECOND WORLD WAR DAY: THE MOSQUITO
Des Curtis & John Lilley (included above)
52. ARMY GIRLS: FORMER WWII FANY JOYCE WILDING
Joyce Wilding & Tessa Dunlop £13
53. STORYLAND: A NEW MYTHOLOGY OF BRITAIN
Amy Jeffs (£ see above)
54. THE FATE OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER
Matt Lewis (£ see above)
2.00-3.00
55. A WAR OF EMPIRES: JAPAN, INDIA, BURMA AND BRITAIN, 1941 – 45
Rob Lyman (£ included above) or alone £13.50
56. THE MAKING OF OLIVER CROMWELL
Ronald Hutton £13
57. SHADOWLANDS: A JOURNEY THROUGH LOST BRITAIN
Matthew Green (£ see above)
58. IN SEARCH OF US: ADVENTURES IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Lucy Moore (£ see above)
3.45-4.4559. 1945: VICTORY IN THE WEST
Peter Caddick-Adams (£ included above) or alone £14
60. CONSTABLE: A PORTRAIT
James Hamilton £13
61. THE RED PRINCE: THE LIFE OF JOHN OF GAUNT, DUKE OF LANCASTER
Helen Carr (£ see above)
62. THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Tristan Hughes (£ see above)
5.30-6.30 63. ARE WE ALL MAD? THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN MIND, ITS BRILLIANCE, AND ITS FRAILTIES
Sebastian Faulks & Brett Kahr £15
64. RESISTANCE: THE UNDERGROUND WAR IN EUROPE 1939 – 1945
Halik Kochanski £14
65. A SHORT HISTORY OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT
Fitzroy Morrissey (£ see above)
66. AUDIENCE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE WARS OF THE ROSES
History Hit (£ see above)
7.30-8.30 67. RIDDLE, MYSTERY, AND ENIGMA: TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF BRITISH-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
David Owen with Peter Caddick-Adams £15
68. ESPANA: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPAIN
Giles Tremlett £14
69. FALLEN IDOLS: TWELVE STATUES THAT MADE HISTORY
Alex von Tunzelmann (£ see above)
70. THE PARTITION OF INDIA: 75 YEARS ON
Kavita Puri & Barney White Spunner (£ see above)
71. STORYTELLING BY THE FIRE
Nicole Schmidt (£ see above)

Friday 24th June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
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Adult £13.50 Child £4
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Adult £13.50 Child £4
10.30-11.30
72. THE WAR OF NERVES: INSIDE THE COLD WAR MIND
Martin Sixsmith £13.50
73. THE TICKET COLLECTOR OF BELARUS
Mike Anderson & Neil Hanson £12.50
74. ROTTEN BOROUGHS AND REFORM
Ben Wilson (£ see above)
75. AUDIENCE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE 100 YEARS’ WAR History Hit (£ see above)
12.00-1.00
76. THIS BOY & THE GIFT OF A RADIO: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES
Alan Johnson & Justin Webb £14
77. THE LAST EMPEROR OF MEXICO: A DISASTER IN THE NEW WORLD
Edward Shawcross £13
78. THE WESTERN FRONT WAY
Anthony Seldon & David Walsh (£ see above)
79. UNMASKING OUR LEADERS: CONFESSIONS OF A POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY-MAKER Michael Cockerell (£ see above)
2.00-3.00
80. THE AMERICAS: THE COLONIES, THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR & INDEPENDENCE, 1749-1783
David Reynolds £14
81. NATIONAL TREASURES: SAVING THE NATION’S ART IN WORLD WAR II
Caroline Shenton £13
82. SAS: SEA KING DOWN
Mark Aston & Stuart Tootal (£ see above)
83. KINDRED: NEANDERTHAL LOVE, LIFE, DEATH, AND ART
Rebecca Wragg Sykes (£ see above)
3.45-4.45 84. WINSTON CHURCHILL IN THE POST-TRUTH ERA
Piers Brendon £14
85. WATERLOO AND THE TREATY OF VIENNA
Adam Zamoyski £13
86. THE ILLUSTRATED SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONA LISA
Natasha Solomons (£ see above)
87. THE SHIP ASUNDER: A MARITIME HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN ELEVEN VESSELS
Tom Nancollas (£ see above)
5.30-6.30 88. THE HONG KONG DIARIES
Chris Patten £15.50
89. ART OF THE EXTREME 1905-1914
Philip Hook £14.50
90. THE BBC: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY
David Hendy (£ see above)
91. THE LION HOUSE: THE COMING OF A KING – SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
Christopher de Bellaigue (£ see above)
7.30-8.30
92. HISTRIONICS QUIZ SHOW
Ian Hislop, Dan Snow, Charlie Higson £15.50
93. EUROPE’S 100 BEST CATHEDRALS
Simon Jenkins £14.50
94. HENRY V: 600th ANNIVERSARY
Rory Cox (£ see above)
95. HISTORY HIT TV (£ see above)
9.00-10.0096. TALES OF A MEDIEVAL PILGRIM Clare Goodall (£ see above)

Saturday 25th June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Booked in advance: Adult £16 Child £10 Family £47.50. Prices higher on the day.
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Booked in advance: Adult £16 Child £10 Family £47.50. Prices higher on the day.
10.30-11.30
97. FREEZING ORDER: A TRUE STORY OF RUSSIAN MONEY-LAUNDERING, STATE-SPONSORED MURDER, AND SURVIVING VLADIMIR PUTIN’S WRATH
Bill Browder £16.50
98. POWERS AND THRONES: A NEW HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Dan Jones £15
99. DAUGHTERS OF YALTA: THE CHURCHILLS, ROOSEVELTS AND HARRIMANS, A STORY OF LOVE AND WAR Catherine Grace Katz (£ see above)100. THE GREAT BRITISH DIG: HISTORY IN YOUR BACK GARDEN
Chloë Duckworth with Dan Snow (£ see above)
12.15-1.15
101. SPIKE MILLIGAN’S WAR AGAINST HITLER, THE BBC, AND EVERYONE ELSE
Ian Hislop with Charlie Higson £16.50
102. NAPOLEON: A LIFE IN GARDENS AND SHADOWS
Ruth Scurr £15

103. LOVE AND DECEPTION: PHILBY IN BEIRUT
James Hanning (£ see above)
104. THE SHADOW OF EMPIRE: BRITAIN, IMPERIALISM, AND HOW WE VIEW THE PAST
Samir Puri & Zareer Masani Chair: Ali Ansari (£ see above)
2.00-3.00
105. DOOM: DISASTER IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Niall Ferguson £16.50
106. TUNNEL 29: LOVE, ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL – THE TRUE STORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE BENEATH THE BERLIN WALL
Helena Merriman £15
107. HOW JAMES BOND WON THE COLD WAR AND SAVED THE WEST
Charlie Higson (£ see above)
108. THE WARS OF THE ROSES: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Rory Cox & Dan Jones (£ see above)
3.45-4.45 109. RUSSIA: REVOLUTION AND CIVIL WAR 1917-1921
Antony Beevor £16.50
110. PERFECT PITCH: 100 PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC TO BRING JOY, SOLACE, EMPATHY, INSPIRATION (& EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN)
Tim Bouverie £15
111. THE WRATH TO COME: GONE WITH THE WIND AND THE LIES AMERICA TELLS
Sarah Churchwell (£ see above)
112. HISTORY HIT’S BIG FAMILY QUIZ
History Hit (£ see above)
5.30-6.30113. MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: THE WARTIME DIARIES OF CHURCHILL’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
Emma Soames & Nicholas Soames £16.50
114. TRAVELS IN YUGOSLAVIA WITH REBECCA WEST: WHEN DREAMS COLLIDE
Nicholas Allan with Edward Stourton £15
115. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Emma Griffin (£ see above)
116. BEYOND THE NORTHLANDS: VIKING VOYAGES AND THE OLD NORSE SAGAS
Eleanor Barraclough with Dan Snow (£ see above)
7.30-8.30
117. UKRAINE: REPORTING FROM THE FRONT LINE
Matt Frei £16.50
118. THE FLAME OF RESISTANCE: AMERICAN BEAUTY. FRENCH HERO. BRITISH SPY. THE UNTOLD STORY OF JOSEPHINE BAKER’S SECRET WAR
Damien Lewis £15
119. OVERPAID, OVERSEXED AND OVER THERE: HOW A FEW SKINNY BRITS WITH BAD TEETH ROCKED AMERICA
David Hepworth & Mark Ellen (£ see above)
120. FREEDOM SONG: WHEN GOSPEL CAME TO THE EMPIRE IN 1871
Vox Holloway Choir (£ see above)

Sunday 26th June

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TimeHISCOX TENTSMITH & WILLIAMSON TENTIPGL OUTDOOR STAGEHISTORY HIT OUTDOOR STAGE
Ticket prices for each individual event below:Ticket prices for each individual event below:Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Booked in advance: Adult £15 Child £9 Family £45. Prices higher on the day.
Included in daily Outdoor Programme ticket:
Booked in advance: Adult £15 Child £9 Family £45. Prices higher on the day.
10.30-11.30
121. QUEEN OF OUR TIMES: THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH II
Robert Hardman £15.50
122. THE SIEGE OF LOYALTY HOUSE: A CIVIL WAR STORY
Jessie Childs £14
123. WOMEN AT WAR
Lucy Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Kate Vigurs (£ see above)
124. TOUCHING THE PAST: WHAT EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY CAN TEACH US ABOUT HISTORY
Natasha Billson, Chloë Duckworth, Caroline Nicolay, Luke Winter (£ see above)
12.15-1.15125. THE ANARCHY: THE RELENTLESS RISE OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY
William Dalrymple £15.50
126. A UNIQUE DESTINY: THE LAST TSAR OF BULGARIA, PRIME MINISTER OF A REPUBLIC
Simeon von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha £14

127. TWO TERRIBLE VIKINGS
Francesca Simon (£ see above)
128. THE VIEW FROM THE HILL: FOUR SEASONS IN A WALKER’S BRITAIN
Christopher Somerville (£ see above)

2.00-3.00
129. THE AMUR RIVER: BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA
Colin Thubron £15.50
130. WHITE DEBT: THE DEMERARA UPRISING AND BRITAIN’S LEGACY OF SLAVERY
Thomas Harding £14

131. ARGENTINA WORLD CUP 1978: FOOTBALL’S DARKEST HOUR
Jonathan Wilson with Tony Pastor (£ see above)

132. AFGHANISTAN: FROM THE FIRST AFGHAN WAR TO THE PRESENT DAY
William Dalrymple, Elisabeth Leake, Tom Tugendhat (£ see above)

3.45-4.56133. IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS: THE EMPEROR IN WORLD HISTORY
Dominic Lieven £15.50
134. GOING WITH THE BOYS: SIX EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN REPORTING FROM THE FRONT LINE
Judith Mackrell £14
135. OTHERLANDS: A WORLD IN THE MAKING
Thomas Halliday (£ see above)
136. THE FACEMAKER: ONE SURGEON’S BATTLE TO MEND THE DISFIGURED SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR I
Lindsey Fitzharris with Dan Snow (£ see above)
5.30-6.30137. ANTARCTICA: DISCOVERING THE ENDURANCE
Dan Snow £15.50

Talks in Hiscox and Smith & Williamson Tents are individually priced.
Talks on the Outdoor Stages are included in the Outdoor Programme Ticket.