Philippe Sands



This year’s Chelsea History Festival will bring a mix of physical and digital events to the district, with a diverse programme of talks from world-renowned speakers, authors, thinkers and historians.

Co-founded by the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden, the Chelsea History Festival will look to explore a huge range of historical events and the impact they have had on the world around us.

Speakers will include human right lawyer and author, Philippe Sands, who will be discussing his new book on the Ratline – the escape routes used by Nazis and other fascists fleeing Europe during the aftermath of the Second World War. Hallie Rubenhold, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019, will explore the lives of the five women killed by Jack the Ripper; Michael Morpurgo, writer of War Horse and former Children’s Laureate, will talk about his experiences of lockdown and creating fiction from war. Professor Olivette Otele will be discussing the experience of Africans in Europe, ahead of the publication of her new book, African Europeans: An Untold History.

More names are due to be announced for the festival, which takes place from September 17 to 27.


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