Sunday 13th October

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Chelsea History Festival

Chelsea History Festival


Immerse yourself in a celebration of history and heritage in the heart of Chelsea. Step into the stories that shape our world, the first-ever Chelsea History Festival will bring the past to life with a packed programme of talks, workshops, music and family fun. The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden host over 35 events with world-class speakers, authors, historians and performers.

An impressive line-up of speakers includes the celebrated writer Max Hastings sharing insights from his new book Chastise: the Dambusters Story, Sonia Purnell on A Woman of No Importance – her compelling account of the Second World War’s most dangerous spy – and David Nott relating his dramatic experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the daring Operation Market Garden, you can listen to campaign veteran Victor Gregg in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a fascinating talk by Antony Beevor, all brought to life by re-enactors and artefacts.

Music-lovers can indulge in everything from a rousing military big band to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending – voted Britain’s favourite piece of classical music – and a performance by leading baritone Roderick Williams.

There’s also plenty to keep children amused, with a choice of immersive games, marching drills and hands-on activities. And all the family can enjoy enlightening history walks, botanical workshops and exciting first-hand stories from the likes of Thameside mudlarker Lara Maiklem, London tree enthusiast Paul Wood and even a medieval archer, transported to modern-day Chelsea from 15th-century Agincourt.



  • Date(s) and time:

    9th - 13th October 2019, various times

  • Admission Price:

    £ 0 -30

  • Phone Number:

    0131 226 0014

  • Website:

  • Nearest Tube:

    Sloane Square

  • Area:

    Chelsea SW3