Last year around 30,000 history fans went on their annual pilgrimage to the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. With the festival attracting some of the most popular historians it can be a minefield when it comes to selecting which talks to go to. This year, there are over 117 historical talks during the week. Each, of course, will be entertaining, enlightening and engaging in their own way with every period of history covered.
Here at Inside History, we have decided to highlight the talks we are looking forward to most. So in no particular order here we go.
DAN JONES and MARINA AMARAL
The Colour of Time
Saturday 29th June 11.30am-12.30pm £13.50
Those familiar with the work of Marina Amaral will know that when it comes to the colourisation of historical images then she is in a league of her own. Her stunning images have transformed monochrome early photography into a vibrant visual treat for the eyes. Dan Jones joins Marina providing each of her wonderful images with its historical context to show us a new perspective of the past.
I Object: Satire and Subversion, A hidden history of dissent.
Thursday 27th June 8.45pm-9-45pm £15.75
Perhaps we need satire more now than ever in the age of “fake news” . Who better to tackle this topic than Hislop himself. The “Have I got News for You” captain considers objects that ordinary people have created, adapted and used to mock and attack the status quo. In this talk Hislop will show you that the “meme” generation have learned a lot from the past.
For more information and to book tickets for the Chalke Valley History Festival please visit: https://cvhf.org.uk/