Chelsea History Festival 2020

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Chelsea History Festival 2020

From 17-27 September 2020, the Chelsea History Festival returns for its second year to showcase Chelsea’s illustrious past with a programme of over 50 events featuring world-class speakers, authors and historians on a virtual and physical stage.

An exciting programme of talks, tours and events is being presented by three iconic institutions; the National Army Museum; the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Chelsea Physic Garden with something unmissable from everyone, with content covering every interest – from military to art history and social to natural history.

All virtual events will be free to attend, however your attendance must be booked in advance. Tickets for physical events are priced up to £15, with a 25% discount should you book three or more. Booking is essential – we suggested you reserve your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Highlights from the programme include:

  • Philippe Sands, one of the UK’s most prominent human rights barristers, in conversation with James Holland discussing his most recent book, ‘The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive’
  • An evening with Bletchley Park – spotlighting its role in the Second Word War
  • Ben Macintyre, one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians, tells the incredible story of Ursula Kuczynski. Condemned ‘Sonya’, she conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the 20th Century, including planning an assassination attempt on Hitler and helping the Soviet Union build the atom bomb
  • Sir Michael Morpurgo will talk about how he turns the subject of war into fiction
  • Award-winning war reporter, Christina Lamb has worked in combat zones for over 30 years. Her new book, ‘Our bodies, their battlefield’, gives voice to the women of conflicts. She will be in conversation wiht world-renowned human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, who has worked internationally with women in conflict zones.

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