Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle of November 1942 which inspired one of Churchill’s most famous aphorisms – ‘This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’.
In the early evening of 16 October 1834 a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor. Rumours as to the fire’s cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians? Chaired by Jesse Norman.
Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.
A year ago, Rob took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood, 50 acres of abandoned broadleaf woodland at the entrance to the LlanthonyValley. Is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways?
A conversation about new writing in the Arab world with the PEN Award-winning and Beirut 39 writer Samar Yazbek, author of A Woman In The Crossfire: Diaries Of The Syrian Revolution.
The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.
With overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, can life get any more unfair for Norm? Abso-flipping-lutely.
Duration 45 mins.
If you believe in fairies, this is the event for you. Find out more about how to spot a fairy, join in a potion-making session and design and make your own fairy wings.
Duration 45 mins. Places limited.
In the new docu-feature Trashed, a Blenheim Films production, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dying Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady's narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.
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Please arrive in good time for the start of this event; we regret that latecomers may not be permitted entry.
Hay Castle, once a great medieval stronghold, is alive with possibilities once again. Find out more with Mary Morgan, head of Hay Castle Friends, on a guided tour of the 12th Century keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings. Includes tea and a bun.
Please note: There are two tours, one starting at 10am and one starting at 11am. Please book for the tour you wish to attend, using the variant boxes below.
The dynamic and inspiring activist, advocate and hero won the Nobel Peace Prize for her International Campaign To Ban Landmines. She describes her life and work in My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path To The Nobel Peace Prize.
Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.
Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.
Engineers are fantastic – they are the people who change the world. Engineers put a man on the moon, develop the internet, build skyscrapers, rebuild bodies…and so much more. Yet not many people know what engineers actually do. This talk will reveal – in just ten words – the secrets of what engineers really get up to as they work hard to build a better future for us all.
Please note this event is aimed at secondary school age children
The Zimbabwean novelist’s We Need New Names plays with the dreams and realities of leaving a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart for the paradise of the West. Ziervogel’s Magda is an uncompromising rendering of the mother-daughter relationships of the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.
In C17th Italy, the number of girls and young women entering convents rose rapidly as dowries became increasingly expensive. Not all the girls went willingly and some left powerful written accounts of their experiences.
Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.
Duration 45 mins.
The double Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy talks with writer and critic Damian Kelleher about the appeal of the dystopian and the fantastical in YA fiction. He also brings a sneak preview of his next YA novel, due out in the autumn.
Duration 60 mins.
From historical gardens like Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers, like Villandry and La Prieure D’Orsan, and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way.
The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.