Winter 2020

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Gloucester History Festival

This year’s History Festival, explores the theme Voyagers and Visionaries which marks anniversaries including the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower from the UK to America and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. From pioneers who fought for their beliefs to explorers who ventured into the unknown, the Festival will use this pivotal moment in history to explore freedom, adventure, migration, identity and how journeys near and far have shaped our past.

At Blackfriars Priory the History Festival will welcome some of the country's leading historians. Festival President Janina Ramirez will start a week of lively talks with her keynote event . A wonderful variety of speakers will reveal extraordinary stories and compelling history full of humour, mystery, death and destruction. Past speakers have included Dan Snow, Alice Roberts, Lucy Worsley, David Olusoga, Kate Adie, Natalie Haynes and Stephen McGann to name a few. This year promises to be just as fascinating, wide ranging and informative as previous years.

The exciting City Voices programme brings together community projects from across Gloucester, celebrating and highlighting our amazing history and culture. City Voices 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. Many events are organised by local community groups giving a voice to local heritage, sometimes forgotten, and often with national significance.

 With over 200 events, tours and historical buildings open to the public there really will be something for everyone.


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