History Belongs To All

HistFest takes ‘history’ in its very fullest sense to offer innovative events across the UK for all audiences – from lectures, film screenings and seminars, to workshops, courses, archival tours and live performances. We celebrate the exciting work being undertaken by academics, teachers and public figures to bring together the many branches of history. Working with some of the UK’s biggest institutions – from the British Library to the Museum of London – HistFest seeks to educate, entertain, and addresses some of the big questions about the use and misuse of history on the world stage.

For far too long, history has been the preserve of the privileged. Not anymore. History belongs to all.

Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures

This February, join HistFest and the British Library for an alternative Valentine’s extravaganza, exploring the fascinating subcultures of Georgian London – from Molly Houses and Madams to playwrights and artists. Speakers include Dan Vo, Mark Ravenhill and Professor Kate Williams. For tickets and info click HERE

HistFest 2020

HISTFEST 2020 – STATEMENT: 09/07/2020

Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the challenges it presents to large indoor events, HistFest and the British Library have decided that the safest course of action is to postpone the rescheduled festival (19-20 September 2020) until next year. We are deeply sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

All those to have purchased tickets online will automatically be refunded. Those to have purchased tickets over the phone or at the Library will be contacted directly by the British Library to process their refund.   

The good news is that the festival will return to the British Library during the Spring of 2021, with as much of our original line-up as possible. We are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in place and will update you as soon as tickets are available. We very much hope to see you all there.

We would like to take this moment to thank speakers, ticket holders and festival friends for your continued support and understanding.

Past Events

Our inaugural festival took place in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Leeds during December 2018. Since then, we’ve hosted events range of events – from Valentine’s extravaganza with E L James, Sushma Jansari and Dr Kate Lister, and a Halloween night at the Museum of London with Sunny Singh, Deborah Harkness and Ben Aaronovitch, to an Agatha Christie night with Mark Gatiss, Sarah Phelps and Rachel Howzell Hall. To have a look at some previous events, click here.

Get Involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with HistFest.

SPONSORSHIP – If you are interested in sponsoring HistFest, please get in touch via the email address at the bottom of the page. We have opportunities for potential sponsors to support individual talks as well as the festival as a whole.

EXHIBITORS – There are a limited number of spaces for exhibitors to hold stands during the festival.

ADVERTISING – We have a number of advertising opportunities. From full, half and quarter page adverts within the festival programme, to banner and sidebar advertising on high traffic HistFest.org webpages.

If you are interested in any of the above, please get in touch.