You can also meet Tudors, Georgians and people from the 17th Century at the annual festival…
Lead Image: Chelsea History Festival
The Chelsea History Festival is back again to take over three west London landmarks with a packed programme for the family.
Running September 17-25, the festival lights up the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden with tales from the past.
It brings together a diverse range of speakers and guest to look at how history still plays a role in current times, and as range of fun interactive events to get the kids involved.
The wonderful-sounding History Street reads like an immersive experience with heft.
Historians who really know their stuff bring to life aspects of London’s long past in a day in event that could see you and the family learning how to sword-fight before shaking the hands of Tudors, Georgians and 17th century Brits.
At History Street, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet WWI and WWII soldiers, as well as currently serving military too, and the Chelsea Pensioners, veterans and residents of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will lead public tours through the hospital.
Other family activities include talks by authors such as Iszi Lawrence and Tom Palmer, and The History Tellers will recreate moments in history, from the Dinosaurs to Dunkirk.
London’s oldest botanical gardens Chelsea Physic Garden, will open its doors for free for the festival, so that visitors can go pond dipping, garden and enjoy storytelling sessions.
For more adult moments, the festival will also mark several anniversaries.
Journalist and author of Queen of our Time Robert Hardman will present a talk to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, while journalist and author Kavita Puri will mark 75 years since the Partition of India.
Official BBC historian Robert Seatter anand Simon Potter will present BBC at 100, marking the BBC’s centenary.
There will also be two talks on Ukraine, one by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, formerly Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe who will look at the ongoing war in Ukraine and what this means for NATO and Russia.
The other talk on Ukraine, given by journalist and author Anna Reid will look back over Ukraine’s history including its time as the first great Slav civilisation of the 10th century.
The Chelsea History festival takes places September 17-25. events are individually ticketed, starting from free.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HT
Royal Hospital Chelsea (and Burton Court for History Street), Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR
For more information, visit chelseahistoryfestival.com
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