Thousands flock to BBC History Magazine history weekends
History enthusiasts headed to the historic cities of York and Winchester in October for the annual BBC History Magazine history weekends. The events featured more than 50 talks from some of the biggest names in popular history, as well as Q& A sessions and a host of book signings.
Winchester’s famous 13th- century Great Hall saw talks by historians including Lucy Worsley on Queen Victoria, Alison Weir on Jane Seymour and a Q& A with historical fiction author Bernard Cornwell. Elsewhere, Olivette Otele discussed how Africans changed early-modern Europe, while James Holland explored the biggest air battle of the Second World War (see our feature on page 32) in February 1944. Historians from the University of Winchester also shared their research and knowledge in the History Fringe, a weekend-long programme of free 15-minute talks.
In York, a host of expert speakers took to the stage at Yorkshire Museum and the medieval King’s Manor. Michael Wood, Helen Castor, Ian Kershaw, Suzannah Lipscomb, Tracy Borman and Sanjoy Bhattacharya were among the historians speaking at the event, covering topics that included fighting disease after the Second World War, Tudor monarchs, medieval castles and the Bayeux Tapestry. Visit historyextra.com/ historyweekend2018 to find out more about both events.
Tracy Borman discusses Tudor statesman Thomas More at York History Weekend