THIS week would have been the tenth anniversary of the Chalke Valley History Festival, which was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Episodes of the Chalke Valley History Show will be airing online each day the festival should have been running.

Interviews include scientist, author and broadcaster, Adam Rutherford, author Sophy Roberts about her book The Lost Pianos of Siberia, and stonemason Andrew Ziminski, who has worked on Salisbury Cathedral and written a book about the history of architecture.

The festival has also been speaking to Saul David about the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, Tom Holland on his book, Dominion, and Caryn Mandabach, the producer of Peaky Blinders, talking about making historical drama. There will also be a living history special.

The Chalke Valley History Show premiers tonight (Monday, June 22) at 7.30pm with History on the Spot: Anita Anand on the Suffragettes’ weapon of choice and From the Archives: A day in the trenches by the 10th Essex Regiment First World War Living History Group.

The main talk this evening will be Sophy Roberts, The Lost Pianos of Siberia. Travel writer Sophy Roberts spent two years traversing the vast wilds of Siberia on a quest to find pianos abandoned by governors, exiles and adventurers. She provides an insight into the region and its past.

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