Thames Valley History Festival : Rula Lenska and Mike Reid

Before the official Thames Valley History Festival got underway, we had the pleasure of hearing Rula Lenska in conversation with Mike Reid… enjoy…

Set in the historic towns of Windsor and Eton, the Thames Valley History Festival offers fantastic lectures, panel conversations, Q&A sessions, historical tours, photographic walks, and more, and all the Heritage of the setting around you.

We have 35 guest authors and experts, over 25 events, across 3 weeks.

We cover Medieval medicine, Tudors, the civil war to both world wars, Napoleonic resistance to local history, art and literature to photography, the role of History today, and the British at home and abroad from Bannockburn to America – and more.

Children under 12 go free.

Leeches and Prayer: The medicine of the past
7:30 PM Friday, 1 November 2013
Ruth Downie and Karen Maitland bring us the cures and cruelty of the past, of how our great, great, great, grandmothers had to bind wounds with toasted cheese and suck on small frog’s to draw the poison from a sore throat.

The Merry Lives of Windsor Photo Walk
10:00 AM Saturday, 2 November 2013
Then and now: an encounter with the thoroughly modern lives of central Windsor on the historic streets to reflect how it’s changed over time.

Etiquette Through The Ages
11:00 AM Saturday, 2 November 2013
Renowned Etiquette Expert, TV Presenter and Author Liz Brewer tells us how we should behave and how it’s changed in history.

A Century of Royal Babies
3:00 PM Saturday, 2 November 2013
Ingrid Seward is a world-renowned Royal Biographer and Editor of Majesty magazine.

The Story of Christian the Lion
7:30 PM Saturday, 2 November 2013
A unique chance to hear a modern history story of a man who came over from a British colony to make this country his home, and went on to purchase Christian the lion from Harrods department store of London, England, in 1969.

Blue Badge Guided Tour of Windsor & Eton (3rd)
10:30 AM Sunday, 3 November 2013
After a walk round the cobbled streets of Medieval Windsor.

Theatre, Film and Landscape: the Art of Literature
11:00 AM Sunday, 3 November 2013
Imogen Robertson and Gabrielle Kimm talk culture’s influence on History.

The King in the Car Park (Sold out)
7:30 PM Monday, 4 November 2013
Screenwriter with a passion to tell stories that challenge our perception of established truths, Philippa Langley, University lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Michael Jones Ph.D., talk about The Search for Richard III.

The untold story of the Polish Resistance
7:30 PM Tuesday, 5 November 2013
The European theatre of WWII started with the invasion of Poland by Germany, on Friday 1st September 1939. The Polish partisan army, the largest in Europe, fought with extraordinary tenacity, and was the most famous manifestation of organised, large-scale, armed resistance to Hitler’s rule.

Silhouettes of War, with Jerry Rendell OBE
7:30 PM Wednesday, 6 November 2013
H.L. Oakley was one of the most talented and prolific silhouette artists of the twentieth century. Despite his fame, he was determined to enlist and play his part in fighting for his country in the First World War.

Bookend Brides: Tudor Queens First and Last
7:30 PM Thursday, 7 November 2013
To Celebrate the Coronation Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II we bring you an era of radical change between two queens with one name.

The War of the Roses, with Conn Iggulden
7:30 PM Thursday, 7 November 2013
Author of the best-selling ‘Emperor’ and ‘Conqueror’ historical fiction series and also the co-author (with his brother Hal), of 2006’s British Book of The Year, ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ talks about his new book, Stormbird, the first in a series about the Wars of the Roses.

The History Professors
7:30 PM Friday, 8 November 2013
Loosely inspired by The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Robert Wilton and Lloyd Shepherd hold an evening of conversation on History Today.

The Birth of Photography
11:00 AM Saturday, 9 November 2013
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of photography, combining art and history we bring you renowned historian Helen Rappaport on the story of this arguably British invention, that has far-reaching influence on our lives and the structure of the society.

Blue Badge Guided Tour of Windsor & Eton (9th)
3:00 PM Saturday, 9 November 2013
After a walk round the cobbled streets of Medieval Windsor.

The English and the Exotic
7:30 PM Saturday, 9 November 2013
Back by popular demand following last year’s success local author, Essie Fox, pulls together another stellar panel to discuss the English exploration of Exotic lands.

Beyond Braveheart
3:00 PM Sunday, 10 November 2013
At 19 Robert Lowe went to Vietnam on spec to try to cover the war in the firm belief that I could not be any sort of writer until, as Hemingway put it, been as drunk as could be, suffered a broken heart and experienced war. After 18 months of it, he swore he would never do anything as stupid ever again.

When Britain Burned the White House, with Peter Snow
7:30 PM Monday, 11 November 2013
Peter Snow CBE is a British television and radio presenter and the grandson of First World War general Sir Thomas D’Oyly Snow. Along with his son, Dan Snow, he has presented a TV series Battlefield Britain, covering battles on British soil from Boudicca’s struggle with the Romans to the Battle of Britain. He talks about the 1814 Invasion of Washington.

Spying for Wellington: British Intelligence during the Napoleonic Wars (Sold out)
7:30 PM Tuesday, 12 November 2013
With Dr Huw Davies, military historian at King’s College London.

Maidenhead Heritage Trust
7:30 PM Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Maidenhead Heritage Trust will be giving a talk on the History of Maidenhead Bridge – which has been essential to the fortunes of the town for over 800 years.

Windsor Local History Group
7:30 PM Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Founded in 1976 by a small group of Workers’ Education Association students and tutors with the aim of fostering research in the field of local history and publishing the results.

Forlorn Hope
7:30 PM Thursday, 14 November 2013
It is with deepest respect and sorrow that we share the news with you that Tim Griggs, best selling historical novelist and our guest this year, passed on Wednesday from natural causes. We regret we are withdrawing the event, Forlorn Hope.

The Lost Colony
7:30 PM Friday, 15 November 2013
Andrew Taylor and Jenny Barden talk unapologetically about England in America from beginning to end, the American War of Independence, as a place where loyalty is a commodity that can be bought and sold.

WWII: Home Front to War, Coffee Morning with Cakes
11:00 AM Saturday, 16 November 2013
Katie Lord Brown and Tim Lynch, take us on an emotional tour of duty of the social and military history of Britain during the 1939-1945 war – with tea and cake.

In Conversation
7:30 PM Saturday, 16 November 2013
Chairman of the Historical Writers Association, Manda Scott, is in conversation with Tom Harper and Beatrice Hitchman, in an attempt to capture more than a series of clashing monologues but the essence of contemporary thinking on history.

A Nation Sundered
11:00 AM Sunday, 17 November 2013
John Barrett, Andrew Swanston, Fiona Mountain on a torn nation and the legacy of conflict: The English Civil War The English Civil Wars established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent.

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