26/04/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Chalke Valley History Festival 2017 - programme released

dd74fd28-3adb-4405-a9d4-7b95ae1e8a2e

Dan Snow and Suzannah Lipscomb are just two of the 140 history speakers lined up for the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, which runs from 26 June to 2 July. Family Tree magazine will be at the festival on 30 July, to give a talk and meet visitors.

Now in its seventh year, the festival has moved to a new venue, in Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. 

Join the Family Tree community  
Follow us on facebook
Follow us on twitter
Sign up for our free e-newsletter
Discover Family Tree magazine

The festival is the largest such event in the world devoted entirely to history and attracts a line-up of speakers like no other.

Festival favourites returning once more include:

  • Antony Beevor
  • John Julius Norwich
  • Artemis Cooper
  • David Owen
  • Paddy Ashdown
  • Alex Langlands
<

World War Two history

The Chalke Valley audiences always extend a warm welcome to the Second World War veterans, and this year the Festival will host a morning with two Knight’s Cross Winners: Hugo Broch and Günter Halm, and veteran of the entire Eastern Front campaign, Hans Schönfeld.

French holocaust survivor Jacques Altmann will also be sharing his extraordinary story, as will the last surviving member of the Long Range Desert Group who fought in North Africa, Mike Sadler. Fighter pilots Keith Quilter and Colin Bell will tell tales of incredible skill and courage whilst flying their planes over enemy territory, as will former Lancaster bomber Rusty Waughman. 

This year, the air display line-up will include some of the most  iconic aircraft from World War II. The Battle of Britain veteran Hurricane R4118 and the P-51D Mustang ‘Tall in the Saddle’ are already confirmed, as is Britain’s only flying Lancaster. 

Living history

Amongst the living historians at the festival (all experts in their field) will be medieval knights, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Romans, as well as a large Napoleonic encampment with infantry, artillery and even mounted cavalry. There will also be a horse-drawn World War I ambulance as well as a number of other historic vehicles.  

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place in Church Bottom, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, SP5 5DP. For more details about the Festival, please visit the website. Tickets can be purchased from here or by calling 01722 781133. 

For the full programme, visit the Chalke Valley History Festival website.

(Images copyright Andrew Chorley)

Back to News

26/04/2017 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Help save a rare piece of Sheffield's history - Sheffield City Archives launches crowdfunding campaign

A campaign has been launched inviting members of the public to donate £1 to help buy two rare photographs ...


My Heritage and Ancestry Morning at Chalke Valley History Festival, 30 June 2017

Family Tree Editor Helen Tovey will present a family history workshop as part of a programme of talks and ...


Help GB1900 transcribe all British place-names

GB1900, a crowd-sourcing project to transcribe all the place names of Great Britain, from a single set of ...


Buddhist and Chinese annual remembrance services in East London

East London will play host to fascinating Buddhist and Chinese Ancestral Remembrance ceremonies dating back ...


Other News

Family historians wanted for new family history surname project

Oxfordshire Family History Society has launched a surname research project, along with a competition offering ...


Google Streetview helps historian find 'lost' 1930s British cycleways - video report

More than 300 miles of 'lost' cycleways in Britain have been discovered by author and historian Carlton Reid, ...


June issue subscriber club offers

The June issue subscriber club is packed full of new and exciting offers ...


News series of exhibitions marks 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway

A new series of exhibitions this summer will tell the story, from both sides, of the Battle of Medway - the ...