York History Weekend

From 18 November, the festival will be returning to the historic city of York for the second year running. After the success of 2015 we've expanded our northern weekend to include over 20 speakers across two beautiful venues. Our venues this year are the Yorkshire Museum, one of the city's premier history attractions, and the stunning 14th-century Hospitium building nearby.

Meet the speakers

Juliet Barker

Juliet Barker is a bestselling author and historian who has written books on subjects such as the battle of Agincourt, the Peasants’ Revolt and the Brontë sisters.

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.

Paul Cartledge

Professor Paul Cartledge is a classicist who is senior research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. His most recent book is Democracy: A Life (2016).

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.

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.

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. 

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.


Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie is a literary agent and a visiting fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. His books include lives of John Buchan and, most recently, Guy Burgess.

Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel is a historian and author who specialises in the Middle East and France. Among his books is Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (2016).

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.

John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich is a historian and author whose books include histories of the popes, Venice, Byzantium and Sicily.

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His presenting credits include the BBC series The World’s War, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners and the forthcoming A Black History 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). 

Julian D Richards

Julian D Richards is a professor of archaeology based at the University of York, specialising in the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

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.

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian, author and broadcaster who has written bestselling books on Stalin, Jerusalem and, earlier this year, the Romanov tsars.

James Sharpe

James Sharpe is a historian based at the University of York. He is the author of numerous books on the history of crime and witchcraft in early modern England.

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.

Alex Von Tunzelmann

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

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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