Winchester History Weekend

From Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October, the festival will be returning to the Hampshire town of Winchester for its second year. The ancient capital of Wessex is steeped in Anglo-Saxon and medieval history and we're delighted to have two fantastic venues again right in the centre of the town: the stunning 13th-century Great Hall which houses a famous replica of King Arthur's round table, and the Ashburton Hall at the nearby Elizabeth II court..

Meet the speakers

Anita Anand

Anita Anand is a radio and television journalist and author who presents Any Answers on BBC Radio 4.

Thomas Asbridge

Dr Thomas Asbridge is Reader of Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. His has written a new biography of Richard I for the Penguin Monarchs series. His other major published works include The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones (2015) and The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land (2010). Thomas wrote and presented a BBC Two documentary, The Greatest Knight: William Marshal, and a landmark three-part documentary series The Crusades for BBC Two.

Patrick Bishop

Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys, 3 Para and Ground Truth. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for over 20 years, reporting from conflicts all over the world.

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman is an acclaimed author and historian, whose books include a biography of Thomas Cromwell, and The Private Lives of the Tudors.

Helen Castor

Helen Castor is a medieval historian and a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She is the author of numerous acclaimed books including She Wolves and Blood and Roses, and is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Making History

Lizzie Collingham

Lizzie Collingham is a historian at the University of Warwick and author of several books on the history of food.

Carey Fleiner and Ellie Woodacre

Carey Fleiner and Ellie Woodacre are both senior lecturers in history at the University of Winchester.

James Holland

James Holland is an author, historian and broadcaster. The second volume of his The War in the West is published this year.

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is an author and historian and the co-presenter of Making History on BBC Radio 4. His books include Dynasty, In the Shadow of the Sword and a translation of The Histories by Herodotus.

Kathyrn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes is the author of major award-winning biographies of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot, both of which were filmed by the BBC. She is a columnist and critic for the Guardian newspaper and Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia.  Her new book, Victorians Undone, was published by 4th Estate in January 2017.

Julian Humphrys

Julian Humphrys is a military historian, historical tour guide, author, and development officer for the Battlefields Trust. He is a long-time friend and contributor to BBC History Magazine, and with his wide-ranging knowledge of historical facts and figures, has set quizzes for us many times over the years.

Dan Jones

Dan Jones is a broadcaster, award-winning journalist and pioneer of the resurgence of interest in medieval history. He is the bestselling author of Summer of Blood, The Plantagenets, Magna Carta and Realm Divided.

Miranda Kaufmann

Dr Miranda Kaufmann is an Oxford-educated historian, author, journalist and senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she co-convenes the successful Black British History workshop series. Her first book is Black Tudors: The Untold Story.

Ryan Lavelle

Ryan Lavelle is reader in early medieval history at the University of Winchester. He recently acted as historical advisor to the BBC drama The Last Kingdom.

Nick Lloyd

Nick Lloyd is reader in military and imperial history at King's College London based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Wiltshire.

Keith Lowe

Keith Lowe is the author of the international bestseller, Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2013 and Italy’s Cherasco History Prize in 2015. His latest book, The Fear and the Freedom, was published this  summer.

Marc Morris

Marc Morris is a historian and broadcaster who specialises in the Middle Ages. His books include The Norman Conquest, King John and A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain.

Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is best known as the author of The Time Traveller's Guides: three have been completed to date, namely Medieval England (2008), Elizabethan England (2012) and Restoration Britain (2017). In addition, he has published four volumes in a sequence of historical biographies, which collectively describe the roles of the major powerbrokers in England over the period 1307 to 1415.

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a historian, broadcaster and filmmaker. His presenting credits include the BBC series The World’s War, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners and Black and British: A Forgotten History.


Janina Ramirez

Dr Janina Ramirez is a historian, author and broadcaster based at Oxford University. She is the author of The Private Lives of the Saints (2015).

Laurence Rees

A former Head of BBC TV History, Rees has written and produced documentary series like the BAFTA winning ‘Nazis: A Warning from History’ and the Grierson winning ‘Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’’. Rees’ book on Auschwitz is the world’s best selling history of the camp. 

James Ross

James Ross is senior lecturer in late medieval history at the University of Winchester.

Miles Russell

Miles Russell is a Senior Lecturer in prehistoric and Roman archaeology at Bournemouth University. His latest book is Arthur and the Kings of Britain (2017)

Chris Skidmore

Chris Skidmore is a historian and politician, who is currently Minister for the Constitution. He is the author of several books on late medieval and Tudor England. 

Charles Spencer

Charles Spencer is author of a number of books including Killers of the King and Blenheim: Battle for Europe, which was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards.

Simon Thurley

Dr Simon Thurley is an architectural historian, a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and was until 2015 the chief executive of English Heritage. Previous posts have included curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and director of the Museum of London.

Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow is an author whose books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth and Sarah Losh. A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams was a curator of the major international exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend in 2014 and is now Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum. He undertook doctoral research at University College London and has taught and lectured in history and archaeology at the University of Cambridge.

Michael Wood

Michael Wood has been bringing history alive for generations of readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history and has recorded over 100 documentary films, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, The Story of India and, most recently, The Story of China.

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