4c8b0635e079cd8e295be27874912dcce43270f1BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend festival is to expand into York for the first time this autumn.

The festival, now in its third year, will make its debut in the historic city for three days of events from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September.

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, one of the most important buildings in medieval York and still in the heart of the city, will play host to 15 speakers over three days, including: Dr Bettany Hughes, discussing the three minds who shaped the world; Dan Jones reflects on Britain’s greatest medieval dynasty, the Plantagenets; and Tracy Borman explores the man behind the myth with Thomas Cromwell: Hero or Villain?.

BBC History Magazine publisher Dave Musgrove, said: “I am very excited that we’ve been able to extend our events programme to York this year, as well as expanding and improving on our Malmesbury weekend. We’ve got a fantastic range of speakers at both weekends and it promises to be a brilliant few weeks of history.”

BBC History Magazine‘s History Weekend also returns to the ancient hilltop town of Malmesbury – the burial place of Æthelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great, and first king of all England – over four days in October.

A number of the guests will be appearing across both weekends, including: Britain’s best-selling female historian Alison Weir on The Lost Tudor Princess; renowned English historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood discusses The Story of England; Ian Kershaw explores the 1930s, Europe’s Decade of Dictators; and historian, broadcaster and academic Suzannah Lipscomb unravels the mystery of Henry VIII’s last will and testament. Both festivals will also host a fully-stocked bookshop, catering and speaker book signings.

Tickets and full details of the line-up for the History Weekends are on sale now at www.historyweekend.com or call 0871 620 4021.