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, 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. HistFest does not only educate and entertain, but also 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.

Valentine’s Event

This February, join HistFest and the Museum of London for an alternative Valentine’s extravaganza, exploring the weird and wonderful history of romance and erotica in the Museum of London’s archaeological archives. Speakers include E L James, Dr Kate Lister and Dr Sushma Jansari. 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.

Additionally, Femina: Writing Medieval Women Back into History (2 November 2020) with Dr Janina Ramirez is now going to be an online rather than a physical event. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders and full details about how to purchase tickets to this exciting online talk will be announced very soon, along with news of a couple of other online HistFest events.

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

HistFest 2018

Our inaugural festival took place during December 2018. On a shoestring budget, we hosted events in Cardiff, London, Belfast and Leeds with some of the brightest and the best in the world of public history. Thank you to all who participated and attended!

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.