History lovers hoping to attend this year’s History Weekend in Malmesbury, Wiltshire can now purchase tickets.
Following last year’s sell-out event, 2014’s festival promises to be even bigger and better, with almost twice as many speakers and two extra venues.
Close to 40 top-name historians, authors and television personalities will be speaking over the course of the weekend. These include Paddy Ashdown, Dan Snow, Hilary Mantel, Suzannah Lipscomb, Tracy Borman, Charles Spencer, Dan Jones and Dominic Sandbrook.
The festival takes place in the ancient hilltop town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, which is one of the oldest boroughs in England. It is also the burial place of Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great and the first king of all England.
The abbey that houses his tomb is Malmesbury’s crowning glory. In around AD 1000, Eilmer the flying monk launched an early attempt at aviation from the abbey’s tower (it failed, he broke his legs), and in the churchyard is buried one Hannah Twynnoy, famously eaten by a tiger here in 1703. The town is also where the 17th-century philosopher Thomas Hobbes was born.
The lectures will take place in Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury Town Hall, a special marquee and the Old Bell hotel. There will also be a fully stocked history bookshop, courtesy of Waterstones Cirencester, where our speakers will be signing books.
To find out more about this year’s History Weekend, and to purchase tickets, visit www.historyweekend.com
To look at photos of last year’s event, click here.
And here you can watch a video of some of the highlights of last year’s festival: