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Click on the video below to watch highlights from BBC History Magazine's History Weekend, which took place in Malmesbury from 25 to 27 October 2013. The sell-out event featured speakers including Dominic Sandbrook, Alison Weir, Dan Snow and Sir Max Hastings.
Hundreds of history lovers travelled to the historic town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire this weekend for a host of talks from leading historians and authors as BBC History Magazine staged its very first History Weekend event. The event opened on Friday evening with a double lecture on the life of Æthelstan, the first King of England, by Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at...
It is now no longer possible to purchase tickets for BBC History Magazine's History Weekend in Malmesbury. The last batch of tickets are currently being posted out
We've seen huge interest in our festival already, with some talks selling out very quickly. So we're delighted to announce today that we have agreed with Malmesbury Abbey that we can hold some of the talks inside their beautiful and historic building. This means that we can now offer for sale more tickets for some of the events that were sold out. The Abbey is a two-minute walk from the Town Hall...
Sam Willis (who is speaking at 2.30pm on Sunday 27 October on Shipwrecks and the making of Britain) is the latest of our speakers to answer our six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in his life' When does your day start?  If I am writing then early. The earlier the better. I can't write anything meaningful after about 2pm. I am best from the moment I open my eyes until about 11am. If...
Leanda de Lisle (who is speaking at 4pm on Sunday 27 October on The Disappeared: Richard III, Henry VII and the Fate of the Princes in the Tower) is the latest of our speakers to answer our six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in her life' When does your day start?  I wake up at about 7.30am, make coffee, feed the dog and go back to bed with the newspapers. I don’t bother with...
Gus Casely-Hayford (who is speaking at 3.30pm on Saturday 26 October on Timbuktu) is the latest of our speakers to answer our six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in his life' When does your day start?  I was never much of an athlete at school, but my preference was always running. Whatever the distance I had a simple strategy of sprinting as fast, for as long, as I could - and then...
In the latest of our series of speaker profiles, we've asked Linda Porter (who is speaking at midday on Saturday 26 October on Tudor and Stewart rivals) six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in her life' When does your day start?  My working day, whether I’m researching or writing, starts at about 9am.  This is just force of habit, from having worked in business and commuted for...
In the third of a series of speaker profiles, we've asked Tracy Borman (who is speaking at 2pm on Saturday 26 October on the Witches of Belvoir) six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in her life' When does your day start?  My day starts when my 3 year-old daughter wakes up, which tends to be disgustingly early!  Anything from 5.30am. If you're writing, when and where do you tend to...
In the second of a series of speaker profiles, we've asked Hannah Greig (who is speaking at 1230 on Sunday 27 October on the Georgian Beau Monde) six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in her life' When does your day start?  Whenever my toddler wakes me up: 6am if he is feeling chirpy, 7.30am if I'm lucky. I'm a boring 9 to 5 worker and always need breakfast before books. If you're...
In the first of a series of speaker profiles, we've asked George Goodwin (who is speaking at 1030 on Saturday 26 October on the Battle of Flodden) six questions to give us an idea of a 'Day in his life' When does your day start?  Never early enough if I get carried away at the end of the day, see answer to the last question. If you're writing, when and where do you tend to write? ...
You can now download the brochure for the BBC History Magazine History Weekend. This will also be included in the June issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on 23 May (and has some great reading in it, including features on the road to the Battle of Bosworth, the ascent of Everest, the Great Reform Act, medieval monasteries, and Elizabeth I). Tickets for the History Weekend are selling fast,...
The latest BBC History Magazine event, the Talking Tudors day held at the M Shed museum in Bristol on Sunday 28 April, was a great success. A packed audience of over 200 enjoyed six talks during the day, and then joined in with a lively debate with all the speakers. Chris Skidmore was the first to take the stage with his analysis of the run-up to the battle of Bosworth. Thomas Penn followed with...
We're just putting the finishing touches to the speaker line-up for the very first BBC History Magazine History Weekend. Sir Max Hastings has now confirmed that he will be able to speak on the afternoon of Sunday 27 October, and both Michael Wood and Sarah Foot have agreed to come and open the event on the evening of Friday 25 October. They will stage a joint discussion about Æthelstan, the...
The BBC History Magazine History Weekend micro-site has launched. You know that already of course, because that's what you're looking at right now. Please have a look around the site to find out about all the fabulous speakers we've got lined up for our very first history festival, in the historic hilltop town of Malmesbury on the weekend of 25-27 October 2013. 

 

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Tickets are available now. You can buy tickets for individual lectures, or buy day passes for Saturday and Sunday. If you’re a BBC History Magazine subscriber, you’ll get a discount on the price.

About Malmesbury

It is the oldest borough in England, with a charter given by Alfred the Great in 880. It’s also the burial place of Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred and the first king of all England, and the abbey that houses his tomb is Malmesbury’s crowning glory. It’s a great place for us to stage our first history weekend.

BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine is Britain’s bestselling history magazine. We cover all aspects of the past, and all periods and places, but with a focus on Britain’s story. Inside you’ll find leading historians giving an approachable take on the latest research, and new angles on subjects you thought you knew.