Buckingham History Festival 2019

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The University of Buckingham will host its first-ever history festival on the 27th and 28th of April.

Out of the acclaimed lineup, speakers include historian and TV presenter Professor David Starkey, the prize-winning author and historian Jessie Childs and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton.

Other speakers in attendance include Clive Aslet, Tim Bouverie, Sir Paul Collier, Saul David, Ophelia Field, Martin Gayford, Simon Heffer, Tom Holland, Martin Kemp, Jeremy Musson, Jane Ridley, Michael Scott, Sir Anthony Seldon, Lady Anne Somerset, Miles Taylor, Adrian Tinniswood and Marion Turner.

Talks range from Elizabethan England to the future of capitalism, Leonardo da Vinci to Queen Anne, and rise of the English country house to the battle of Somme.

All talks will be held in the Vinson Lecture Theatre or Ondaatje Lecture Theatre. Books will be sold and book signings will take place after the talks. All tickets to each lecture are £10.

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Sir Roger Scruton, a controversial figure, has been dismissed this week from his role as head of government housing body for his recent comments claiming Islamophobia was “a propaganda word” and “each Chinese person is a kind of replica of the next one.”

This caught the attention of Jon Harvey, Mayor of Buckingham, who said, “I might attend a couple of events – although I won’t be attending is Sir Roger Scruton’s – after his remarks today, I have better things to do with my time.”


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