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Bigger than ever: history festival announces year-round events


The Gloucester History Festival is expanding, with new events to create a year-round programme of talks and performances. A season of new talks at the King’s School and the introduction of the first live Spring Weekend at Gloucester’s iconic medieval Blackfriars Priory will complement the hugely successful main Festival held annually in the autumn.

The Gloucester History Festival was launched in September 2011 with a programme of talks at Blackfriars and in the past 12 years it has gained a national reputation for attracting high-profile speakers.

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Professor Alice Roberts. Picture: Paul Wilkinson Photography

Tickets for the new Spring Weekend go on sale this Saturday, 4th March, with fifteen events from the country’s top historians including Professor Alice Roberts (presenter of BBC Two’s Digging for Britain) Peter Frankopan (author of The Silk Roads), Greg Jenner (host of the hit podcast You’re Dead To Me) and Martin Sixsmith (former BBC Moscow Correspondent). The three-day programme on 21st – 23rd April features intriguing topics ranging from Tutankhamen to 20th century Prime Ministers and from Alfred the Great to Gloucester’s own archaeological gems.

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Blackfriars Priory.

The new look for the Gloucester History Festival includes King’s Talks: New regular events throughout the year at the King’s School:

Spring Weekend at Blackfriars: 21st – 23rd April

Main History Festival: 2nd – 17th September

Winstone Talk in Cirencester: 21st October

“The story of Gloucester really is the story of England with the city’s streets echoing to the footsteps of Roman legionaries, Saxon tribes, a warrior queen, medieval traders and Victorian inventors,” said Festival President Dr Janina Ramirez.

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Dr Janina Ramirez.

The Oxford historian and TV presenter first appeared at the Festival in 2015 and became its President the following year.

“I’m thrilled about the growth of the Festival and I’m looking forward to meeting hundreds of history-lovers at the first live Spring Weekend as well inviting more top-class historians to share their personal insights and discoveries.”

Tickets for the Spring Weekend go on sale at 9am on Saturday, 4th March and are available online from, by phone on 01452 396131 and in person from the Festival Box Office at the Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1HP.

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