BBC History Magazine

Look out for our virtual lecture series


We are hosting a programme of virtual events this autumn and winter, online and available globally. Wherever you are, tune in to see one of our renowned historians talking about their new book. Each lecture lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. You’ll also have the opportunit­y to pre-order a signed copy of the book via independen­t bookseller Fox Lane Books.

Laurence Rees Hitler and Stalin: The Tyrants and the Second World War Laurence Rees has met hundreds of people who experience­d life under Hitler’s and Stalin’s rule – not 'ust those who suffered, but those who enthusiast­ically supported the dictators, too. Over the years he started thinking about the comparison between the leaders and their regimes. What were the key difference­s? And in what ways were the regimes similar? Thursday 26 November 2020, 7pm

Ian Mortimer The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain A time of exuberance, thrills, frills and unchecked bad behaviour, the Regency was perhaps the last age of true freedom before the arrival of the stifling world of Victorian morality. It was also a period of transition that reflected un-recedented social, economic and political change. Thursday 12 November 2020, 7pm

Michael Wood The Story of China: A Portrait of a Civilisati­on and its People Michael Wood shares stories from his highly praised new book, a grand sweep of the history of the world’s oldest continuous civilisati­on: “a tale of astounding drama, fabulous creativity and deep humanity”. Tuesday 22 December 2020, 7pm

Mary-Ann Ochota Secret Britain: Unearthing the Nation’s Most Mysterious Archaeolog­y Talk details still to be confirmed. Thursday 14 January 2021, 7pm

Toby Wilkinson A World Beneath the Sands: The Rediscover­y of Ancient Egypt Meet the men and women whose obsession with Egypt’s ancient civilisati­on drove them to uncover its secrets. Their work helped to enrich and transform our understand­ing of the Nile valley and its -eo-le, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Thursday 10 December 2020, 7pm

Rebecca Wragg Sykes Kindred: Neandertha­l Life, Love, Death and Art Talk details still to be confirmed. Thursday 28 January 2021, 7pm

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