Winchester History Weekend

From 7-9 October, the festival will be making its debut at the Hampshire town of Winchester. The ancient capital of Wessex is steeped in Anglo-Saxon and medieval history and we're delighted to have two fantastic venues 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

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor is one of the world’s bestselling military historians. His books include Stalingrad, Berlin, D-Day and, most recently, Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble.

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.

Jerry Brotton

Jerry Brotton is professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London and the author of several books, including This Orient Isle.

Barry Cunliffe

Barry Cunliffe is one of Britain’s best‑known archaeologists. He has written a number of books including Britain Begins, The Celts and By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean.

Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan Dimbleby is a journalist, broadcaster and historian, whose many presenting credits include hosting Any Questions on BBC Radio 4. His books include accounts of the battle of the Atlantic and the desert war.

Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is also a successful author, whose latest book is the acclaimed The Silk Roads (2015).

George Goodwin

George Goodwin is a historian and author whose latest book, Benjamin Franklin in London, was a 2016 BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

AC Grayling

AC Grayling is the founder and Master of New College of the Humanities. He has written widely on philosophical subjects, including his 2016 book The Age of Genius.

James Holland

James Holland is an author, historian and broadcaster. His books include The War in the West and, most recently, Burma ’44.

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 forthcoming biography of Æthelstan.

Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt is a historian, author and broadcaster as well as being the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central. His most recent book is Ten Cities that Made an Empire (2015).

Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones is a historian, journalist and broadcaster who has published widely on topics ranging from the Tower of London to the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Hitler. He is also a co-founder of Historical Trips.

Anna Keay

Anna Keay is a writer and historian who is also the director of the Landmark Trust. She is the author of The Last Royal Rebel. 

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.

Suzannah Lipscomb

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities. Her latest book is The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII.


Giles Milton

Giles Milton is a historian and bestselling author whose most recent book is The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (2016).

Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is a historian specialising in the history of World War II. He is one of the co-founders of Historical Trips and has led many tours exploring the legacy of the Nazis in Europe.

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.

Joanne Paul

Joanne Paul is lecturer in early modern history at the University of Sussex. Her new book on Tudor statesman Thomas More is due to be published later this year.

Janina Ramirez

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter and author based at Oxford University. Her latest book is The Private Lives of the Saints (2015). 

David Reynolds

David Reynolds is a historian, author and broadcaster based at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in 20th-century international history.

Fern Riddell

Fern Riddell is a cultural historian based at King’s College London. She has made several TV and radio appearances and consults on BBC drama Ripper Street.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott is the author of several books on ancient Greek and Roman society and has presented numerous TV documentaries on ancient history.

Chris Skidmore

Chris Skidmore is a historian and author as well as being Conservative MP for Kingswood. His new biography of Richard III is due to be published this autumn.

Dan and Peter Snow

Dan Snow is an author and an historian who has written, researched and presented many TV documentaries. He appears regularly on the BBC’s One Show as their ‘History Man’. His writing has appeared in most national newspapers and history publications.
Peter Snow is a high respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented BBC’s Newsnight for 17 years. For many years he was an indispensable part of election nights.
Their previous collaboration, The Battle of Waterloo Experience, has been a Sunday Times bestseller.

Alex Von Tunzelmann

Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and writer, author of Red Heat, Indian Summer and the upcoming Blood and Sand.

Alexander Watson

Alexander Watson is professor of history at Goldsmiths. His 2014 book Ring of Steel was awarded the Wolfson History Prize.

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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