BBC history weekend to bring Poldark and slavery to York

The history consultant behind BBC hit show Poldark is one of the speakers. Photograph: BBC
6 Nov 2017 @ 1.53 pm
| Entertainment, History

The BBC’s History Weekend returns to the city later this month and is bigger than ever.

Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, Museum St, York YO1 7FR

Fri Nov 24-Sun Nov 26


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Featuring more than 25 events from leading historians and authors, it is hosted in two beautiful venues – the Yorkshire Museum and the 14th century Hospitium.

Organised by the popular BBC History Magazine, the York line-up includes some leading writers. They include:

  • politician and author Roy Hattersley discussing his new book The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to the Present Day
  • Hannah Grieg, University of York lecturer in 18th-century British history and historical consultant on the BBC drama Poldark, who will delve into Eighteenth-century Cornwall & the world of Poldark
  • and James Walvin who will tell a story that takes us from Atlantic slavery to modern global obesity, with Sugar: A World corrupted – From slavery to obesity.

Mysterious and misunderstood

David Olusoga is another of the guests. Photograph: Steve Sayers

Renowned English historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood, who has made 100 films including In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, will shed new light on Anglo-Saxon battles.

Award-winning journalist and pioneer of the resurgence of interest in medieval history Dan Jones will speak about the mysterious, misunderstood Middle Ages organisation The Templars.

And historian, broadcaster and filmmaker David Olusoga takes as his topic The First Age Of Gloablisation – the 15th century.

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