Thousands of history enthusiasts will descend on the historic town of Winchester this weekend for BBC History Magazine’s annual history festival.

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Our Winchester History Weekend, which takes place from 5–7 October, kicks off at 4pm today with a talk by Diarmaid MacCulloch on the life of Tudor statesman, Thomas Cromwell, followed by Helen Castor on the insecurities of Elizabeth I.

The three-day event features 30 diverse and engaging talks, interactive Q&As and book signings from the world’s leading historians and authors – including Lucy Worsley, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones, Tracy Borman and Michael Wood.

Many of our talks and events are now sold out, but a few last-minute tickets are available for the following:

Friday 5 October

Saturday 6 October

Historians Sam Willis (left) and James Daybell. "We challenged ourselves to write the histories of things we weren't necessarily even sure had a history," says Willis. (Photo by David Hampton for BBC History Magazine)

Sunday 7 October

Historian James Holland
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Find out more about Winchester History Weekend 2018 here

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