Glevum Big Band
Sep
1
1:30 PM13:30

Glevum Big Band

We are jazzing up our usual Summer Sunday openings with a live performance from Glevum Big Band!

Join us at the Priory for a collection of classics, including Jazz, Swing, Latin and Dance music. Glevum Big Band are a friendly band who perform the fantastic music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Antonio Jobim etc. What better way to enjoy them than in the fantastic setting of Blackfriars Priory?!

Free entry - See you there!

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Never Better
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Never Better

Never Better

A partnership project between Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Archives, GUST and Gloucester History Festival.

Never Better aims to bring mental health to the foreground, by exploring our past treatment of mental health and combining it with real, day to day stories from individuals and communities living with mental ill health.

This exciting and innovative project will work with research teams, unearthing stories from the archives that reveal personal and professional tales of mental health through the ages. Alongside this research we will be gathering contemporary mental health narratives from local communities across the City.

This material will be combined and used to create a delicate and moving piece of performance theatre in September 2019 where a cast of professional and community actors will bring these stories to life.

Guidance: recommended age 12+
Tickets: Free

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Heritage Open Days
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Heritage Open Days

Guided tours of a restored Dominican Priory

A chance to explore Britain’s most complete Dominican Priory, owned by English Heritage and managed by Gloucester City. Most of the 13th century church remains, including a rare scissor braced roof. Guided tours last about 1 hour.

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A Haunted Existence
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

A Haunted Existence

Join Tom Marshman in a special performance blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency. In the early 1950s 17-year-old Geoffrey Patrick Williamson was on the Exeter to Bristol train when he approached a plain clothed railway officer. This pass lead to Williamson being arrested: on questioning, Williamson revealed the names of men he had had sex with, beginning a domino effect of 17 arrests, prison, aversion therapy and suicide.

A Haunted Existence highlights the turmoil, stigma and heartbreak of this experience by weaving together history and hearsay to tell the story of Britain’s very recent, shameful past.

Tickets £12/£7

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SOLD OUT The Celts - Alice Roberts
Sep
14
2:30 PM14:30

SOLD OUT The Celts - Alice Roberts

The Celts are one of the world’s most mysterious ancient people. Join anthropologist and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts for a thrilling journey across Europe, uncovering the truth about this enigmatic tribe: their origins, their treasure and their enduring legacy today. What emerges is not a wild people but a highly sophisticated culture that influenced the ancient world and echoes down the centuries totoday. Alice looks at how some of the latest discoveries in archaeology and linguistics are challenging old preconceptions and casting light on the identity and culture of the ancient Celts.

Tickets - £12/£11

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Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 - Max Hastings
Sep
14
4:30 PM16:30

Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 - Max Hastings

Operation Chastise - the overnight destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in northwest Germany by the RAF - was an epic that has passed into Britain's national legend. Join leading historian Max Hastings for a masterly account revealing for the first time the full extent of the human story behind the Dambusters raid. He explores Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb, the squadron that broke the dams at the cost of almost half its number, and the fate of the 1400 civilians who perished as the biblical floods swept the valley.

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SOLD OUT Jane Austen at Home - Lucy Worsley
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

SOLD OUT Jane Austen at Home - Lucy Worsley

Historian and TV broadcaster Lucy Worsley tells the fascinating story of Jane Austen’s life showing how and why she lived as she did, examining the spaces and places that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived ‘a life without incident’ but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who, far from being a lonely spinster, had at least five marriage prospects but refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.

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Lost and Found! - Janina Ramirez
Sep
14
8:30 PM20:30

Lost and Found! - Janina Ramirez

Festival President Janina Ramirez talks about her innovative new BBC TV series Lost and Found where she turns archaeological investigator, exploring three discoveries made on the eve of war in 1939. As the world plunged towards uncertainty, the Olmec civilieation was uncovered in Mexico, the Sutton Hoo ship burial brought the Dark Ages into glittering Technicolor and the oldest artwork made by humans - the Lion Man - was discovered in Germany. She explores each of these profoundly important discoveries, revealing how they have changed our understanding of human history.

Tickets - £11

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History's Greatest Engineers - Simon Winchester
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

History's Greatest Engineers - Simon Winchester

Bestselling historian Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of the men who shaped today’s world showing how their inventions – from the majestic Rolls-Royce to the humble screw – have revolutionised the way we live. He takes us back to the dawn of the industrial revolution in 18th century England, exploring the riveting lives of the men whose extraordinary inventions have shaped the course of history.“An enthralling book and one that does justice to the magnitude and majesty of its subject” (Sunday Times).

Tickets - £8 (£7 concessions)

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The Hitler Years - Frank McDonough & Paul McGann
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

The Hitler Years - Frank McDonough & Paul McGann

Historian Frank McDonough’s The Hitler Years is a compelling new exploration of the rise and catastrophic fall of the Nazi regime – a 12-year descent into genocide and aggressive war that cost over 50 million lives. He’s joined by leading actor Paul McGann, star of Withnail & I and Dr Who, who narrated the audiobook, to explore the story of The Hitler Years from 1933 to 1939 when Hitler won over most of the German population to his powerful vision of a renewed Third Reich.

Tickets - £9

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The Windrush Generation - David Olusoga
Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

The Windrush Generation - David Olusoga

Join David Olusoga as he explores the secret government files to lay bare the roots of the ‘Windrush Scandal’, showing that, for black, British immigrants, the ‘hostile environment’ has been 70 years in the making. Historian, broadcaster and filmmaker, David Olusoga is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History and presenter of A House Through Time.

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The Last Cambridge Spy - Chris Smith
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Last Cambridge Spy - Chris Smith

What inspired Blunt, Burgess, Caincross, Maclean and Philby to betray their country? What did their treachery cost Britain and its allies? Join leading historian Chris Smith as he uses newly released material to explore the fascinating and extraordinary story of the Cambridge spies with a focus on the last and most intriguing Cambridge spy – Bletchley Park codebreaker John Cairncross who leaked both the first atomic secrets and raw decrypts from Enigma to the Soviet Union.

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Gloucester Before the Romans - Andrew Armstrong
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Gloucester Before the Romans - Andrew Armstrong

Roman historians record that a tribe called the ‘Dobunni’ lived in Gloucestershire before the Roman invasion, few people today have heard of them but they have left an intriguing legacy of artwork, settlement and culture which is still being uncovered by archaeologists today. Gloucester City Council Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong explores what evidence exists for the Dobunni in the years before the Roman invasion, how they reacted to Roman rule and ultimately what became of them.

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Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior - Catherine Hanley
Sep
16
4:00 PM16:00

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior - Catherine Hanley

Was Matilda the greatest ‘king’ England never had? Leading historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Matilda – 12th-century empress, skilled military leader, one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages and the first woman to become heir to the English throne. She reveals how Matilda fought for the throne and although she never sat on it herself her reward was to see her son become king.“Authorative, human and utterly compelling” (Helen Castor).

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Surviving Vesuvius - Daisy Dunn
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Surviving Vesuvius - Daisy Dunn

AD 79. Above the bay of Naples, Vesuvius is spewing thick ash into the sky. Historian Daisy Dunn tells the extraordinary story of one of the most famous and devastating volcanic eruptions of all time. She compellingly interweaves one of the ancient world’s greatest catastrophes with a vivid recreation of Roman Italy through the eyes of Pliny the Younger, the survivor whose eyewitness account recreates the moment-to-moment unfolding of the disaster in gripping detail. “Rome’s most famous bad-boy poet comes alive as never before. Stunning” (Boris Johnson).

Tickets - £8 (£7 concessions)

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Troy Story - Natalie Haynes
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Troy Story - Natalie Haynes

The star of BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings together her unique combination of ancient history and stand up comedy to take you on a tour around the Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature. With her trademark wit, she encompasses some of the greatest stories ever written: the Iliad, the Odyssey and many more. The stories of the women affected by the war have been largely untold, but Natalie Haynes puts them back where they belong: at the heart of the story.

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History Under Our Feet - Andrew Armstrong
Sep
17
12:30 PM12:30

History Under Our Feet - Andrew Armstrong

From finding Richard III under a car park in Leicester to discovering Britain’s own ‘Tutankhamun’ next to Aldi in Southend, the discoveries archaeologists make can have the power to change the fortunes of a city. Gloucester’s own Andrew Armstrong joins the BBC’s Vernon Harwood for a frank and intriguing discussion as he lifts the lid on the highs and lows, the pleasures and pains, of life as City Archaeologist. What’s the most important find he has witnessed? What challenges do archaeologists face? Get a unique behind-the-scenes view as he offers new insights into Gloucester’s greatest discoveries.

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Blood, Fear & the French Resistance - Robert Pike
Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

Blood, Fear & the French Resistance - Robert Pike

Vichy France under Marshal Petain was an authoritarian regime and a perfect instrument for Hitler. With original new research from the Dordogne, leading historian Robert Pike tells the dramatic stories of the French Resistance during World War Two – tales of often ordinary people, men and women, young and old – who each braved constant danger to play their part indes tabilising the Vichy state and rejecting the Nazi occupation of their eternal France during a period of betrayal, refusal and heroism.

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Henry VIII: Power and the People - Tracy Borman & Alison Weir
Sep
17
4:30 PM16:30

Henry VIII: Power and the People - Tracy Borman & Alison Weir

Henry VIII killed two queens but also two chief ministers, two dukes, a marquess, two earls, several barons and a host of bishops, musicians and politicians – most of whom had been in his inner circle. Tracy Borman’s Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him tells the fascinating story of the men who shaped and influenced his reign. Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series, including the latest Anna of Kleve, explores the waxing and waning influence of his wives on the monarch. Join them as they discuss the power play behind the throne.

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Partition Voices - Kavita Puri
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Partition Voices - Kavita Puri

Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century, India’s Partition in 1947. Broadcaster Kavita Puri’s award-winning Radio 4 series and book tells their story including that of her father who was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border. She’s joined by one of the interviewees from the book to discuss their own experiences alongside the other extraordinary stories she gathered from across Britain.

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Who Dares Wins: Britain from 1979 to 1982 - Dominic Sandbrook
Sep
17
8:30 PM20:30

Who Dares Wins: Britain from 1979 to 1982 - Dominic Sandbrook

Historian and BBC filmmaker Dominic Sandbrook explores 1979-1982 in the latest chapter of his dazzling 20th century history of Britain.He tells the story of Thatcher’s daring plan to reverse Britain’s decline. But as factories closed, dole queues lengthened and the inner cities exploded into flames, would her harsh medicine rescue the Sick Man of Europe – or kill it off? He relives the early eighties in all their gaudy glory - and towering above them, the most divisive prime minister of modern times – the Iron Lady.

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Churchill: Walking with Destiny - Andrew Roberts
Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

Churchill: Walking with Destiny - Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts’ Churchill: Walking with Destiny is described by the Sunday Telegraph as “the sort of biography that, one feels, Churchill himself would have wanted. Colossal, energetic,deeply knowledgeable, properly critical, but also sympathetic and, in places, deliciously funny.” One of Britain’s most acclaimed historians joins us to talk about the life of Winston Churchill, a man who towers over every other figure in 20th century British history.

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The Cold War: The World at the Brink - Taylor Downing
Sep
18
2:00 PM14:00

The Cold War: The World at the Brink - Taylor Downing

From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ebb and flow of power between East and West lay at the heart of the Cold War. Historian, filmmaker and Cold War expert Taylor Downing explores the unknown crises of the Cold War and how the Soviet leaders nearly pressed the nuclear button in 1983 explored in his book 1983: The World at the Brink – an account described by Tom Holland as “gripping and frankly terrifying”.

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Charles de Gaulle: The Man Who Predicted Brexit - Julian Jackson
Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Charles de Gaulle: The Man Who Predicted Brexit - Julian Jackson

Historian Julian Jackson’s magnificent biography reveals the life of the greatest French leader since Napoleon. He explores how World War Two general, Charles de Gaulle, became President of France’s Fifth Republic, challenged US dominance, took France out of NATO and brought his nation to the brink of civil war. He provoked several assassination attempts and twice vetoed Britain’s entry into the EEC, saying with remarkable insight that Britain could never be a happily integrated European power. Julian Jackson tells the remarkable life story of the man who predicted Brexit.

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Don't Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri & Janina Ramirez
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Don't Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri & Janina Ramirez

Straightened. Stigmatized. ‘Tamed’. Celebrated. Erased. Appropriated. Coveted. Fetishized. Forever misunderstood. Cultural historian Emma Dabiri, presenter of BBC4’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces and Back in Time for Brixton, joins Janina Ramirez to discuss her book Don’t Touch My Hair. Explaining why black hair matters, she takes us from pre-colonial Africa through to the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and on to today’s Natural Hair Movement proving that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture is an allegory for black oppression and ultimately liberation.

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The Secret Life of Words - Susie Dent
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Secret Life of Words - Susie Dent

The country’s most entertaining lexicographer – star of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’ and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – joins us to reveal the fascinating history of language. From the adventures that lie hidden within words such as ‘lasagne’ and ‘bugbear’ to the mysterious disappearance of ‘kempt’, ‘gormful’ and ‘ruly’ (and yes you really can be ‘gruntled’!) she takes us on a journey into the curious, unexpected and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.

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Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe - Janina Ramirez, Andrew Armstrong & Guests
Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe - Janina Ramirez, Andrew Armstrong & Guests

Join Jo Durrant for a special recording of her BBC radio show, where guests including Janina Ramirez and City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong will be sharing some of their greatest career highlights, discussing how arts and science combine for them and doing some myth busting along the way.

This event will be broadcast for BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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The British Plot to bring America into the Second World War - Henry Hemming
Sep
19
2:00 PM14:00

The British Plot to bring America into the Second World War - Henry Hemming

Bestselling historian Henry Hemming tells the story of a propaganda campaign like no other: the covert British operation led by MI6 to manipulate American public opinion and bring the USA into the Second World War. With access to previously private and classified accounts, he reveals the truth of this daring, brilliant and maverick ‘fake news’ campaign which changed the course of the war and can now be told in full for the very first time.

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Bletchley Park & D-Day: The Walls Have Ears - David Kenyon & Helen Fry
Sep
19
4:00 PM16:00

Bletchley Park & D-Day: The Walls Have Ears - David Kenyon & Helen Fry

The Bletchley Park codebreakers are the stuff of legend, but now find out the vital role they played in D-Day – and ultimately Allied Victory. Bletchley Park’s historian David Kenyon uses newly declassified documents and first-hand stories from code-breaking veterans to reveal how Bletchley moved from Nazi codebreaking to intelligence work, whilst intelligence historian Helen Fry tells the story of the elaborate and brilliant MI6 operation by which German prisoner-of-war Generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets. Join them to hear intriguing stories of undercover WW2 intelligence told for the first time.

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GCHQ at 100 - Jeremy Fleming & Richard Graham
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

GCHQ at 100 - Jeremy Fleming & Richard Graham

This year marks the centenary of GCHQ and its Director Jeremy Fleming joins former diplomat and Gloucester MP Richard Graham to talk about the history of this ground-breaking organisation from its origins in WW1 through Bletchley Park and the Cold War to its discreet but crucial role in keeping the UK safe today. As well as exploring GCHQ’s past, he discusses the new challenges that lie ahead in a fast-changing world.

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Scriptorium Shorts - Mercedes Gleitze Swimming Pioneer - Doloranda Pember
Sep
19
7:20 PM19:20

Scriptorium Shorts - Mercedes Gleitze Swimming Pioneer - Doloranda Pember

Join us for the first of our bitesize biographies in the Scriptorium. In 1927 Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim the English Channel, transforming her from a humble working-class typist into one of the most iconic sports women of her age. Join her daughter, author Doloranda Pember, to hear about her extraordinary life as an open swimming pioneer.

This event is free to attend.

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A Woman of No Importance, World War Two's Most Dangerous Spy - Sonia Purnell
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

A Woman of No Importance, World War Two's Most Dangerous Spy - Sonia Purnell

Join acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell to hear the incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American socialite with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE. She was the first Allied woman behind enemy lines, helped to light the flame of the French Resistance and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied spy. ‘A cracking story of an extraordinarily brave woman.’ (Daily Telegraph)

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Endeavour & Windrush: Ships Through Time - Paul Arnott & Peter Moore
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Endeavour & Windrush: Ships Through Time - Paul Arnott & Peter Moore

Peter Moore’s award-winning Endeavour tells the tale of the ship that took Captain Cook to the South Seas in 1768 but was a vessel with many different lives which became the most significant ship in the history of British exploration. Paul Arnott’s Windrush: A Ship Through Time similarly explores a unique vessel which played an active part in momentous events – as a Nazi troop carrier, a prison ship transporting Jews to Auschwitz and finally in her most famous voyage from the Caribbean bringing the first wave of 20th century Caribbean migrants to Britain. Join them as they tell the intriguing story of two extraordinary ships and the remarkable windows they offer on their age.

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Peterloo: The English Uprising - Robert Poole
Sep
20
2:00 PM14:00

Peterloo: The English Uprising - Robert Poole

On 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field Manchester armed cavalry attacked a peaceful rally of 60,000 pro-democracy reformers. With more than 600 injured or killed it was the bloodiest political event of the 19th century on British soil. Using hundreds of eye-witness accounts, many of them newly-discovered, leading historian Robert Poole tells the extraordinary story of that day and sheds a new light on the build-up and aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre.

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The Spanish Armada - Sam Willis
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Spanish Armada - Sam Willis

Why did the Spanish launch their Armada against England? How did Francis Drake counter the Spanish threat? What were the strategic and political ramifications, and how did England manage to overthrow the Spanish invasion – was it luck or judgement? Leading historian and BBC broadcaster Sam Willis (BBC4’s The Silk Road and Britain’s Outlaws) offers a fascinating new perspective on the Spanish Armada and the Elizabethan Age.

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Scriptorium Shorts - From the Mill to Monte Carlo: Anne Fletcher
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

Scriptorium Shorts - From the Mill to Monte Carlo: Anne Fletcher

Join us for our new bitesize biography series. In 1880 Joseph Hobson Jagger, who worked as a child in the Victorian mills of Bradford, broke the bank at Monte Carlo and returned home a millionaire. Historian Anne Fletcher tells the extraordinary story of her ancestor, the working class Englishman who beat the Monaco casino and changed gambling forever.

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Histories Of The Unexpected - Sam Willis & James Daybell
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Histories Of The Unexpected - Sam Willis & James Daybell

What links zebras to World War Two? The history of the beard to the Crimean War? And what ties the bed to the expansion of the British Empire? BBC4 presenter Sam Willis and historian James Daybell take us on a joyous journey of discovery - from the Tudors to WW2, the Roman Empire to the Victorians - as they bring to the Festival stage their award-winning podcast enjoyed by half-a-million people worldwide. “History as you’ve never seen it before” (Dan Snow).

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Appeasing Hitler - Tim Bouverie
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Appeasing Hitler - Tim Bouverie

In September 1938 Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. He declared it was ‘peace in our time’, but within a year Britain was at war with Germany. Join historian Tim Bouverie as he tells the dramatic story of Chamberlain, Churchill and the road to war, a compelling reappraisal of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and Parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. “Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut” (Antony Beevor).

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Simon de Montfort & England's First Revolution - Sophie Therese Ambler
Sep
21
2:00 PM14:00

Simon de Montfort & England's First Revolution - Sophie Therese Ambler

Join historian Sophie Therese Ambler for a riveting account of the medieval warrior knight who overthrew his King by marching on Henry III (who authorised the timber from the Forest of Dean for the roof of Blackfriars). He marched on his King's hall in Westminster in 1258 and seized the reins of power. She tells the story of Simon de Montfort - England’s first revolutionary - with a clarity which reveals all of the excitement, chaos and tragedy of England’s first revolution.

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Call the Midwife - Stephen McGann & Heidi Thomas
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Call the Midwife - Stephen McGann & Heidi Thomas

As well as being a gripping BBC drama Call the Midwife charts the course of Britain’s 20th century medical and social history - the challenges, changes and innovations - through the lens of the midwives of Poplar. Join writer and co-producer Heidi Thomas and Dr Turner (aka actor Stephen McGann) as they discuss the pleasures and challenges of creating Call the Midwife and telling the people’s story of 20th century Britain.

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The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold
Sep
21
5:45 PM17:45

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

Drawing on formerly unseen archive material social historian Hallie Rubenhold turns the narrative of the Ripper murders upside down as she unearths the real story of his victims in her compelling and bestselling new book, The Five. She reveals a 19th century London world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny.

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Scriptorium Shorts - The Woman with the Iceberg Eyes - Catherine MacInnes
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Scriptorium Shorts - The Woman with the Iceberg Eyes - Catherine MacInnes

Join us for our new bitesize biography series. Edward Wilson’s widow Oriana had a front row seat as Captain Scott’s adventure played out in the Antarctic. Join her biographer Katherine MacInnes as she reveals Oriana’s unique perspective on the doomed Terra Nova expedition and its legacy.

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Power & The People - Janina Ramirez & Hallie Rubenhold
Sep
21
8:30 PM20:30

Power & The People - Janina Ramirez & Hallie Rubenhold

Who were the people whose actions have inspired powerful change but are hidden - or have been deliberately erased - from history? Leading historians Janina Ramirez and Hallie Rubenhold each choose the figures they admire who have been hidden from history and explore their extraordinary lives. Chaired by Pamela Armstrong.

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A Time Traveller's Guide to the Moon - Melanie Vandenbrouck
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

A Time Traveller's Guide to the Moon - Melanie Vandenbrouck

What does the moon mean to us? From Ancient Egypt to the Tudor Kings, Jules Verne to James Bond, mankind has always been enthralled by the moon. Join curator of the major new exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Melanie Vandenbrouck as she explores the compelling history of the moon through the ages - from poetry to painting, philosophy to politics - which tells us as much about our own dreams and desires as it does about our celestial neighbour.

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Scriptorium Shorts - A Mexican Martyr: Amy Fuller
Sep
22
1:20 PM13:20

Scriptorium Shorts - A Mexican Martyr: Amy Fuller

Join us for our new bitesize biography series. Historian Amy Fuller tells the extraordinary Spanish Golden Age story of the 17th century Mexican poet, philosopher, playwright and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She’s celebrated in Mexico as an icon, appearing on banknotes, the subject of plays and films and with a university named after her. Find out about her remarkable life and how she became known as a Mexican martyr.

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The Kremlin Letters: Stalin, Churchill & Roosevelt - David Reynolds
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin, Churchill & Roosevelt - David Reynolds

Stalin exchanged more than 600 messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War from intimate personal greetings to vivid insights about diplomacy and strategy. Leading historian David Reynolds sheds a fascinating new light into the political negotiation, diplomatic manoeuvring and human story behind the ‘Big Three’. He explains how they forged and maintained an alliance whilst revealing the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War.

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Tiananmen Square: 30 Years On - Kate Adie
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Tiananmen Square: 30 Years On - Kate Adie

Kate Adie discusses her career as a news correspondent and the extraordinary events of Tiananmen Square in 1989 where she narrowly missed a bullet and broadcast the story of the massacre to the world. What was it like to be there? She talks about life as BBC Chief News Correspondent on the front line in the world’s trouble spots exploring the challenges and insights it brought.

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From Battlefield to Newsroom - Martin Bell
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

From Battlefield to Newsroom - Martin Bell

From Vietnam to Iraq, Martin Bell has seen how war has changed over the last 50 years, neither fought nor reported as it used to be. As modern news increasingly seeks to entertain first and inform second, the man in the white suit provides a moving account of all he has witnessed throughout his career and issues an impassioned call to put the substance back into reporting explored in his book War and the Death of News.

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Where the Wild Cooks Go - Cerys Matthews
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Where the Wild Cooks Go - Cerys Matthews

Join Cerys Matthews as she takes us around the world, celebrating her love of food and music. Wherever musician, author and BBC broadcaster Cerys Matthews travels she loves to eat where the locals eat, drink the local brew, hear the local stories and enjoy great food, songs and company. And she always wants to bring back what she's learnt. Join her as she talks about her favourite places around the globe – their history, myths, poems and songs – bringing back the memories, tastes and sounds explored in her latest book Where the Wild Cooks Go.

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Gloucester CAMRA Beer Festival
May
17
to May 18

Gloucester CAMRA Beer Festival

The 7th Gloucester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival is taking place on 17-18 May and will once again be hosted in the historic Blackfriars Priory, off Southgate Street in Gloucester.

We will have around 100 ales and 30 ciders, plus a selection of wine and prosecco. There will also be food available, including our popular Gloucestershire cheeses, and live music throughout the two days.

Entry price is held at £6 again this year, with tickets available on the door only.

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Blackfriars Bunny Hunt
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Blackfriars Bunny Hunt

Hop on over to Blackfriars this Easter for the return of our fabulously fun Bunny Hunt! Follow the clues to find Easter Bunnies all over the historic site. There will even be a small chocolate treat for each child at the end of the puzzle!

Only 50p per child and adults go free! No need to pay in advance, just turn up and pay on the door!

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