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Histories of the Unexpected

Sam Willis and James Daybell

Saturday, 13 October 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

Blenheim Palace: The Orangery

Free - £12.50

Historians Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell look at some of the unexpected and often magical links that connect events in history, using their own theatrical props and archive film including of Titanic, Vesuvius erupting and the Mary Rose.

What links zebras to the Second World War? Why is the history of the orange all about Elizabethan spies and the gunpowder plot? How is the history of windows linked to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar? Willis and Daybell tackle some of the great historical themes from the Romans to the Tudors, the Victorians and the Second World War but through entirely unexpected subjects.

Willis and Daybell’s podcast, Histories of the Unexpected, is broadcast on Dan Snow’s History Hit channel. The series has also been turned into a book of the same name. Willis is an honorary research fellow at the University of Plymouth with an expertise in naval history and marine archaeology. He worked on the Hornblower television series and on the Channel 4 film, Shackleton, and presented the BBC 4 film, Nelson’s Caribbean Hell Hole. Daybell is professor of early modern history at the University of Plymouth and author of eight books including Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England.

To mark European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the European Commission is enabling the festival to offer free tickets for this event to school pupils, and all college and university students. Tickets can be booked through the usual channels.

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock