With over 12,709 children having attended since launch,
the Festival for Schools makes a major contribution to history education
and brings history alive in new and exciting ways. 

Festival for Schools 2022

Help your students catch up at the Chalke Valley History Schools Festival where the future meets the past.

After the hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, we are delighted to announce that the festival is back for 2022.

Two days of history near Salisbury featuring a wide range of curriculum-based subjects delivered by leading historians. From the Iron Age, through 1066, the Tudors, the First World War, and the Cold War, the programme offers a series of lectures, living history displays and interactive demonstrations to bring history alive and inspire both students and teachers.

Monday 20th June 2022 – Years 6,7,8 & 9
Tuesday 21st June 2022 – Years 10 & 12
 
We are immensely grateful for the support of the Foyle Foundation.

Costs

Monday 20th June 2022 – Years 6,7,8 & 9

£26.50 per independent school pupil for the day

£16.50 per state school pupil for the day

£6 per pupil on Pupil Premium for the day

Tuesday 21st June 2022 – Years 10 & 12

£27 per independent school pupil for the day

£17 per state school pupil for the day

£6 per pupil on Pupil Premium for the day

Funding your trip

We are conscious that for some schools, budgets for school trips are very tight. The Chalke Valley History Trust has a limited amount of funding available to help as many schools as possible to experience the Festival. For further information please contact us on 01722 780793 or [email protected]

The Schools’ Festival Days start at 10.00am/10.15am and finish at 3.15pm.

There is plenty of parking for both coaches and minibuses and access to the site in Broad Chalke village, 25 minutes from Salisbury, is easy. Pupils can either bring a packed lunch or take advantage of the food stalls that are based at the Festival throughout the week.

For further information and booking queries please email [email protected] or call 01722 780793.

“The Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools gives students a fantastic and unique opportunity to engage with world-class historians in a way that we could never achieve in school.  The speakers and topics are carefully chosen to meet the requirements of a number of GCSE and A Level courses which really engages and inspires students.  One of the highlights of the festival for me has to be the reenactors who have such a wealth of knowledge and in-depth understanding of their eras, those with things that go bang are always a hit with the students!”

“Our Year 6 had the most AMAZING day yesterday and loved every minute.  Thank you so much for helping us to get there.”

“A great day taking Magna Academy students to Chalke Valley History Festival. Students have come back enthused for their GCSE & A-level studies having heard world-class historians speak on their topic.”

“What a fantastic day yesterday!  I thought it went amazingly well, and there were no visible issues as a result of the much increased numbers. I really appreciated the additional profile you offered the school in terms of workshops and other publicity. ”

“I would like to thank you for the wonderful Year 10 day this year. My girls absolutely loved the talks and were buzzing with new ideas and they really enjoyed the festival atmosphere. A particular favourite for me was Henry VIII in all his pomp standing on top of a tank! We are already looking forward to next year.”

2022 TALKS & ACTIVITIES

MONDAY 20th JUNE 2022

Years 6, 7, 8, & 9

The History Tellers

FRIGHTFUL FLIGHTS IN HISTORY SHOW

Frances Durkin

THE HISTRONAUTS: A GREEK ADVENTURE

Chris Culpin

THE MIDDLE AGES: A HORRIBLE TIME TO LIVE IN?

Sufiya Ahmed

PRINCESS SOPHIA AND THE SUFFRAGETTES

Annelise Gray

ANCIENT ROMAN CHARIOTEERING IN THE AGE OF CALIGULA

James Holland

THE SECOND WORLD WAR: WEAPONS & UNIFORMS

Michelle Paver

WOLFBANE

Steve Etches

MARY ANNING, ALFRED LEEDS AND STEVE ETCHES: THE UK’S THREE MOST IMPORTANT ‘AMATEUR’ FOSSIL COLLECTORS

Toby Wilkinson

TUTANKHAMUN’S TRUMPET: THE STORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT IN 100 OBJECTS

Louise Jordan

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Christian Howgill

HOW TENNIS INVENTED EVERYTHING

The Nick in Time Team

A RIOTOUS ROMP THROUGH HISTORY

DISPLAYS & ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS BOTH DAYS:

ANCIENT EGYPT & THE FIRST METALLURGISTS
Will Sherman & Ian Thackray

LIFE IN AN IRON AGE ROUND HOUSE
Caroline Nicolay

TIME TRAVELLER’S KITCHEN: POMPEII TO THE 18th CENTURY
Alex Compiani

THE SKILLS OF THE SAMURAI
Bill Parr

VAINEN SCHUCH-DES-FORGES – TRAVELLING CURE-ALL VENDOR
Adam Schuches-des-Forges

DUNKIRK 25-POUNDER FIELD ARTILLERY
The Garrison Artillery Volunteers

WOMEN AT WAR: LAND GIRLS
Georgina Ratcliffe

UNSUNG HEROES OF D-DAY
Foreign Field

SOLDIER SCHOOL
Gary Wise and Fiona Francis

SMUGGLING
Dave Allan & John Winder

THE LETTER OF THE LAW: THE A-Z OF SURPRISING HISTORIC CRIME
Foreign Field

TUESDAY 21st JUNE 2022

Years 10 & 12

Lipika Pelham

PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY

Tracy Borman

CROWN AND SCEPTRE: THE BRITISH MONARCHY FROM WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR TO ELIZABETH II

Dan Jones

THE CRUSADES

Sarah Gristwood

THE TUDORS IN LOVE: THE COURTLY CODE OF THE LAST MEDIEVAL DYNASTY

Clare Jackson

DEVIL-LAND: ENGLAND UNDER SIEGE, 1588-1688

Patricia Fara

THE AGE OF SCIENCE AND THE ARTS

Shalina Patel

WHAT’S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE?

Iain McGregor

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Joanna Grochowicz

SHACKLETON’S ENDURANCE: AN ANTARCTIC SURVIVAL STORY

Peter Caddick-Adams

THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THE PEACE SETTLEMENT

James Holland

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Guy Walters

THE GREAT ESCAPE

Chris Fuller

THE COLD WAR ARMS RACE & THE EVOLUTION OF U.S. COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

DISPLAYS & ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS  BOTH DAYS:

THE IRON AGE PIT FORGE
Tom Timbrell

ANGLO-ROMANO DISPLAY
Cranborne Chase AONB

SIEGE WARFARE: ANCIENT TIMES TO THE MIDDLE AGES
Wimborne Militia

A POLITE EXCHANGE OF BULLETS
Foreign Field

WOMEN AT WAR: WVS
Lindsey Ratcliffe

THE TRENCH: CASSEL 1940
The Trench Boys

SOE WOMEN AT WAR
Kate Vigurs

HOW TO RESEARCH…ARMY
Commonwealth War Graves Commission