Chalke Valley History Festival

Posted on July 12, 2017


On Wednesday 28 June, forty of our Lower 6 and Lower 5 History students attended the Chalke Valley History Festival, described as the largest festival dedicated entirely to History in the UK. Certainly, for Mrs Wilks and Mr Tabb the absolute highlight was a truly inspirational talk on ‘Why is History Important’ by the award-winning BBC broadcaster, Dan Snow.

The girls enjoyed a busy day attending a number of lectures on a diverse range of subjects from witchcraft in the 16th century through to who was to blame for the Second World War. They even experienced the full horrors of a WW1 trench thanks to an above-ground replica complete with fire bags and dug-outs to depict the scenario from Ypres Salient in June 1917. This was a fantastic trip and a rich learning experience that we shall certainly look forward to repeating again in the future.