Virtual history festival is this weekend! How to watch, and more…

Buckinghamshire Archives is bringing history home this weekend, 12-13 September, with its first ever virtual line up. History fans can expect a varied and exciting selection of video talks, podcasts, blogs, and interactive events all published on the history festival website over the course of the weekend. Usually, around this time, the annual history fair would go ahead, with talks by local researchers and historians open to all. But 2020 is not a usual year, and it called for an unusual solution to celebrating history, heritage, and culture in Buckinghamshire…

Highlights for the virtual history festival include:

  • Roald Dahl museum takes over the @HistFestBucks social media accounts on the day the museum reopens to the public, Thursday 10 Sept, while the brilliant Bucks Libraries do the same on Weds 9, to bring us their ‘finding Florence’ project…

  • Twitter Q&A with the Bucks Family History Society; are you researching your family tree? Get live help and pointers from the experts from 12pm on Sat 12 Sept, follow @HistFestBucks and @BucksFHS

  • Talks from renowned historians Adrian Tinniswood (The Verneys), Jane Robinson (Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders), Professor Ian Beckett (Dads Army in Bucks) and many more, published from 12 Sept on our Watch, Read, and Listen pages

  • Competitions and activities to engage children and young people in history, such as the brilliant History Detectives, produced especially for us by the brilliant Unbound Theatre group, available now on our Play page  

How to access the Virtual History Festival:

  • Visit our website and the homepage will be ready to direct you to browse videos, podcasts, blogs, and family activities. All will be available to enjoy any time after their broadcast time

  • Use our What’s On page to find a particular speaker, their broadcast time, and more about their talk

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get involved, ask questions, and find links to content as it is hot off the presses…

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  1. So far as your internet site goes, how to access any of this is totally obscure. Not all of us follow Twitter!

    • HI Eric, sorry it’s not looking clear – we’ve never done an online event so we’re feeling our way through! What we were trying to get across was that content will appear at certain times through the days on Sat 12 and Sun 13 September, and will be viewable in a number of ways. On Saturday our home page will change to have four clear buttons, ‘watch’, ‘listen’, ‘read’, and ‘play’. From there, if you want to watch a video, for example, you can go to the Watch page, click on the speaker you wish to see, and their video will appear ready to play. You can also browse by speaker on the What’s On page, and if you are looking for Ian Beckett, for example, you can click on his image and it will take you to his podcast, after its schedule time. All content will be available for at least the next four weeks, it won’t expire after its broadcast. There’s no reliance on Twitter or any other social media, all content will be housed on the site. I hope that makes it a bit clearer? Thanks for getting in touch.

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