Chelsea History Festival

Chelsea History Festival
The first-ever Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life over five fascinating days with an impressive line-up of authors, historians and performers. 

Immerse yourself in a celebration of history and heritage in the heart of Chelsea. Along with our friends at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden, we’ll be hosting a packed programme of talks, workshops, guided walks, music and family fun.

Speakers includes the celebrated writer Max Hastings sharing insights from his new book 'Chastise: the Dambusters Story', Sonia Purnell on 'A Woman of No Importance' – her compelling account of the Second World War’s most dangerous spy – and David Nott relating his dramatic experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the daring Operation Market Garden, you can listen to campaign veteran Victor Gregg in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a fascinating talk by Antony Beevor, all brought to life by re-enactors and artefacts.

Music-lovers can indulge in everything from a rousing military big band to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 'The Lark Ascending' – voted Britain’s favourite piece of classical music – and a performance by leading baritone Roderick Williams.

There’s plenty to keep children amused, with a choice of immersive games, marching drills and hands-on activities. And all the family can enjoy enlightening history walks and exciting first-hand stories from the likes of Thameside mudlarker Lara Maiklem, London tree enthusiast Paul Wood and even a medieval archer, transported to modern-day Chelsea from 15th-century Agincourt.

Visitors of all ages will find plenty to excite, inspire and entertain.

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