Summer 2020

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

The Blackfriars Talks 2020

The Blackfriars Talks is the Gloucester History Festival’s annual programme of talk and debate events featuring top BBC broadcasters as well as the nation’s leading historians including in previous years David Olusoga, Lucy Worsley, Olivette Otele, Michael Wood, Bettany Hughes, Kate Adie, Kate Williams, Sam Willis and Alice Roberts as well as our Festival President, leading broadcaster and historian Janina Ramirez. The Festival also includes actors, comedians, journalists and politicians from Mark Gatiss to Ken Clarke, Tony Robinson to Griff Rhys Jones, Martin Bell to Cerys Matthews who all share their passion for history live on stage.


This year’s Blackfriars Talks will be a live programme in an intimate new format unique to Gloucester. Speakers will perform live in front of a small ticketed audience in the stunning and atmospheric medieval location of Blackfriars Priory. Each event will be professionally filmed, edited and broadcast on the Festival website and social media platforms the following day to be enjoyed by Festival-goers nationwide.

The Gloucester History Festival is unique amongst Festivals this year. It’s the only History Festival which unites this September live history talks from top historians with an innovative digital programme and an intriguing Heritage Open Days weekend.

Look out for the new website coming soon.

This year’s Gloucester History Festival runs from 5 - 20 September 2020.

Editor's note  - there is no brochure this year and a decision about other live events for City Voices and Heritage Open Days will decided nearer the time in line with government guidance.  Please see the History Festival website from August 2020 onwards.


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