27th June 2018
Writing: Luke Ibbeson (Year 10)
Editing: Henry Franks (Year 12)
Unfazed by an early start of 7:30am, a few hours' coach journey and a few miles driving through a field, Years 10 and 12 arrived at Chalke Valley, a working farm, this Wednesday to visit the annual History festival. What was brilliant about this trip was the variety of choice - it aimed to enrich History students' learning and deepen their love for the brilliant subject, but only a few of the talks were compulsory. There were a wide variety of talks on a range of fascinating periods of history, from the Crusades to living in Weimar Germany, only a decade before Nazi dictatorship.
Talks and lectures weren’t the only things to do, with the ice cream truck never too far away, especially with the soaring temperatures of June. There were many stalls, workshops and huge artifacts from the past (for example, a Spitfire and a tank). There was even a workshop called the Shed of Doom, which lived up to its name. A memorable talk was from Professor Annette Gordon-Reed on African American-Rights, involving the prejudice African-Americans faced when settlers came to America for the first time all the way to current day. The atmosphere of the festival was absolutely incredible - so many other History students from other schools, all gathered in one place to learn about their subject, truly an amazing experience.