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Chelsea History Festival 2020

September 17 - September 27

From its fashion mavericks to iconic rock-star residents, Chelsea’s heritage is worth celebrating. From 17-27 September 2020, the festival returns for its second year showcasing Chelsea’s illustrious past with a programme of over 50 events featuring world-class speakers, authors and historians on a virtual and physical stage.

This year’s festival will take place both virtually and physically with an exciting programme of talks, tours and events presented by three iconic institutions; the National Army Museum; the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden covering a broad range of content to suit every interest, from military to art history and social to natural history.

All virtual events will be free to attend, however must be booked in advance. Tickets for physical events are priced up to £15, with a 25% discount when booking three or more. To ensure you don’t miss out, make sure you book your places as early as possible; bookings can be made here.

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 World War
  • Ben Macintyre, one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians, tells the incredible story of Ursula Kuczynski. Codenamed ‘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 with world-renowned human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, who has worked internationally with women in conflict zones
  • Martin Brown, illustrator of ‘Horrible Histories’, will take families on a journey from the bloody Battle of Waterloo to the frightful First World War and will get them drawing in a quick fire workshop
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