HistFest is back! The dynamic history festival that celebrates the brightest and the best in the world of history returns this April. Join us for an exciting weekend of talks, discussions, performance and music. Expect laughter and learning with an amazing line-up of historians, writers, performers and thinkers.


British Library, London


11th April, 13th-14th April  


Seven Wonders with Bettany Hughes


Thurs 11 April – British Library, London

11AM: How To Survive a Tudor and Stuart Court

Speakers: Charlie Higson in conversation with Dr Alexander Courtney, Dr Nicola Clark, Ophelia Field

1PM: Plague Nurses and Lady Doctors

Speakers: Angela Saini in conversation with Kavitha Rao and Dr Lara Thorpe

3PM: The Anarchy: The Rise of the East India Company

Speakers: William Dalrymple in conversation with Professor Nandini Das

*Please note in-person tickets to this event have SOLD OUT. Online tickets available.

5PM: The Facemaker: The Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

Speakers: Dr Lindsey Fitzharris in conversation with Dr Jen Warren

11AM: Survivors: The Last Captives of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Speakers: Dr Hannah Durkin in conversation with Dr Wanda Wyporska

1PM: Spycraft and Espionage: WWII and Beyond

Speakers: Clare Mulley and Henry Hemming, chaired by Rebecca Rideal

3PM: Alexandria: The City that Changed the World

Speakers: Dr Islam Issa in conversation with Michael Wood

*Individual tickets have now SOLD OUT. You can still purchase an online ticket.

5PM: Brian Cox: History on Stage and Screen

Speakers: Brian Cox in conversation with Clive Myrie

*Please note – all ticketing is run through the British Library via See Tickets. For any customer enquiries please email Customer@bl.uk or contact See Tickets via their customer portal Seetickets Support Centre or their customer service platform: See Tickets – Customer Service

Thanks to our festival sponsors…