York History Weekend

From Friday 24 November, the festival will be returning to the historic city of York for its third consecutive year. After the success of 2016 we've expanded our northern weekend to include over 25 speakers across two beautiful venues for the entire weekend. Our venues again this year are the Yorkshire Museum, one of the city's premier history attractions, and the stunning 14th-century Hospitium building just across the gardens.

Meet the speakers

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.

Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and author. She writes regularly for the Calcutta newspapers, ABP and The Telegraph. Her books include For King and Another Country, Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Spy Princess: the Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and Curry: the Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish.  She has appeared regularly on documentaries on BBC and ITV. She is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. 

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.

Christopher de Hamel

In the course of a long career at Sotheby's Christopher de Hamel has probably handled and catalogued more illuminated manuscripts and over a wider range than any person alive. Since 2000, he has been fellow and librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Parker Library, in his care, includes many of the earliest manuscripts in English language and history. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society. 

George Goodwin

George Goodwin is a historian and author whose books include accounts of the battles of Towton and Flodden, and an exploration of Benjamin Franklin’s life in London.

Annie Gray

Annie Gray is a historian, cook, broadcaster and writer specialising in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day. She presents history documentaries including Victorian Bakers, and appears on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet.

Hannah Greig

Hannah is a lecturer in 18th-century British history at the University of York and a historical consultant on the BBC drama Poldark.

Roy Hattersley

Roy Hattersley is a former politician and author who served as deputy leader of the Labour Party. He has written 25 books, including acclaimed biographies of John Wesley and Lloyd George. 

David Horspool

David Horspool is an editor at the Times Literary Supplement, and the author of Richard III: A Ruler and his Reputation (Bloomsbury). His most recent book is Oliver Cromwell: England's Protector, in the Penguin Monarchs series.

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.

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.

Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and journalist whose books include The Spy Who Loved and The Woman Who Saved the Children

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.


Morgan Ring

Morgan Ring read history at Cambridge, where she is now completing her PhD. She held the Francis J Weber Fellowship at the Huntington Library and holds the Gonville Studentship at Gonville and Caius College. 

John Romer

John Romer has been working in Egypt since 1966 in key archaeological sites, including Karnak and Medinet Habu. He has written and presented a number of television series, including Romer's Egypt, Ancient Lives, Testament and Byzantium. His major books include The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited and Valley of the Kings

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)

Nicola Tallis

Nicola Tallis is a historian and researcher. She has previously lectured at the University of Winchester and worked with Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust, as well as at Sudeley Castle, where Lady Jane Grey lived for a time.

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.

James Walvin

James Walvin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, professor emeritus at the University of York, and formerly a visiting fellow at Yale University. His books include A Short History of Slavery (2007), Britain′s Slave Empire (2008), and Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade (2013).

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

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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