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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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