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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Architecture

Mark Purcell

What I Found in the Library

Event 22 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Mark Purcell

For 600 years, exquisitely produced volumes stored everything we know – from Gutenberg’s bibles to Newton’s Principia and Austen’s Persuasion. Purcell tells a rollicking tale of discoveries and bibliophile treasures from some of Britain’s greatest private library collections that are now saved for the nation. Purcell was formerly Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now Deputy Director of Research Collections at Cambridge University Library.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Simon Murray and Friends

The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping – Show and Tell

Event 41 Venue: Cube

Simon Murray and Friends

What is this for? And how do I clean it? The National Trust’s Director of Curatorship and his team of expert conservator colleagues display and demonstrate some of the most wonderful and eccentric household items from their collections. They’ll offer advice on anything you’d like to bring along.

Price: £6.30
 
 

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Event 47 Venue: Starlight Stage

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson, author of Garnitures, Ceramics and Cobalt Treasures. Chaired by Simon Murray.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Event 111 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Bettany Hughes

The historian tells the story of the three-in-one great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, which has long been the gateway between East and West. Archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation here on the Bosphorus over the past 6,000 years. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.

Price: £9.30
 
 

Julian Glover

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

Event 315 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Julian Glover

Thomas Telford invented the modern road. A stonemason turned architect turned engineer, he built churches, harbours, canals, docks, the famously vertiginous Pontcysyllte aqueduct and the exquisite Menai Bridge in Wales. He created the backbone of our national road network. His constructions were the most stupendous in Europe for a thousand years, and astonishingly, almost everything he ever built remains in use today.

Price: £8.30