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What: Chelsea History Festival
JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF HISTORY FROM THE HEART OF CHELSEA
This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life through a series of talks, tours and events, both physical and virtual. The immersive programme will reveal history in all its variety, and demonstrate its ongoing resonance and relevance today.
The past will be brought to life in an immersive mixture of digital and physical events for the Chelsea History Festival 2020.
In response to the pandemic, our new website will host short films and digital content. These films will allow you to explore the hidden histories of one of London’s most historic and beautiful districts. Join us as we walk around Chelsea with Paul Wood, resident tree expert, looking at the ancient and unique trees of Chelsea. We will have exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of iconic Chelsea institutions, including the Chelsea Physic Garden.
With an impressive range of speakers, we will show you history in all its variety
- The world-renowned human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands will be joining us to discuss his new book on the Ratline. These were infamous escape routes used by Nazis and other fascists fleeing Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War.
- We will delve into the natural world by looking at the healing power of gardening with Sue Stuart Smith and the unknown world of fungi with Merlin Sheldrake.
- Valerie Hansen demonstrates that the world was a globalised and connected place in the year 1000, and Laura Spinney reminds us that this is by no means the first global pandemic as she examines the Spanish Flu of 1918.
- Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019, Hallie Rubenhold uncovers the lives of the five women killed by Jack the Ripper.
- Professor Olivette Otele will reveal the fascinating history of Africans in Europe, ahead of the publication of her ground-breaking new book, African Europeans.
- While Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and acclaimed writer of War Horse, will discuss his experiences of lockdown and turning war into fiction for children and adults.
When: 17-27 SEPTEMBER 2020
Where: LONDON / SW3
The full programme will be announced in early September. Register for festival updates in their website:
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