Gloucester History Festival 2019, Sat 7 - Sun 22 Sept
This year’s Gloucester History Festival explores the theme of Power and the People as 2019 marks anniversaries including the Peterloo Massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution, the Tiananmen Square protests, the election of Nelson Mandela as President and of course the first man on the moon. We explore moments of protest and change, turning points where people have fought for their political rights, shifted the balance of power, taken a giant leap for mankind and made journeys of discovery into the unknown.
Keen to build on the successes of 2018 which saw 19,000 visitors to events, 3829 people attracted to free City Voices events and 20,000 people listening to podcasts of the events internationally the History Festival is working closely with many of the other cultural organisations in Gloucester to develop a real buzz around the City.
The exciting City Voices programme enables everyone of all ages to find out more about history in fun accessible ways through hands on activities, exhibitions, storytelling, documentaries, music and much more. With over 200 events, tours and historical buildings open to the public as part of Heritage Open Days, there really is something for everyone.
Blackfriars Priory will again welcome some of the country's leading historians. Festival President Janina Ramirez will give her keynote speech and discussion starting a week of lively talks. A wonderful variety of speakers will reveal extraordinary stories and compelling history full of humour, wonder, death and destruction.
Look out for the programme available in July and keep an eye on the website for more details gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk