Wimpole History Festival 2018: Historians set to bring past to life for second year
PUBLISHED: 12:01 02 June 2018
The Wimpole History Festival is back with stellar line-up of historians, broadcasters and academics set to bring the past to life.
Following on from what organisers described as a “hugely successful” inaugural event last year, the Wimpole History Festival will celebrate the rich panorama of history in all its guises.
The Wimplole Estate in Arrington will provide the backdrop to the festival – which is the product of a partnership between the Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust – and will feature talks by Alice Roberts, Jenni Murray, Mary Beard, David Olusoga, Christopher Andrew and more.
Festival director Cathy Moore said: “I am so excited about the 2018 programme.
“History has an enduring appeal and history set against the magnificent backdrop of the Wimpole Estate is irresistible.
“We are building upon last year’s inaugural success to present a roll-call of historians who will help us retrace and piece together our shared histories. This is the power of history: to boggle minds, provide keys and answers.
“It holds such importance in our lives while retaining the power to entertain us on every level.”
Paul Forecast, the National Trust East of England regional director, said: “We have built on the overwhelmingly positive response from our visitors at last year’s festival. This year will prove to be even better. We continue to welcome millions of people at places like Wimpole to share incredible stories of the past and be inspired.
“A visit to this year’s festival will delight and captivate the whole family, spark ideas and show the power and relevance of history.”
Historian and founding patron David Reynolds added: “I love the range of history on offer, from medieval manuscripts and 17th-century witches to our own equally whacky world of Trumputin. Also watching young readers getting hooked on history at an early age.
“And the fact that, if you get tired of the hot air inside, you can escape into the fresh air of beautiful Wimpole.”
The festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, June 22 to 24. There will also be a ceilidh band The Boxwood Chessman and hog roast on the Saturday at 8pm.
For the full programme and tickets go to www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com or call 01223 357851.