Second Thames Valley History Festival next week

Second Thames Valley History Festival next week

Francis Batt

Second Thames Valley History Festival next week

A lifelong fascination with history has spurred on Carol Dixon-Smith to share her passion with the people of Windsor and Eton for a second year running.

Starting next week Carol, 57, of Cherry Avenue, Langley and her friend Mel Gow are presenting the second Thames Valley History Festival at venues across both towns.

The first festival staged last year was a dream come true for both of them. Festival director Carol said: "I first became fascinated by history when I was seven.

"Importantly, we're collaborating with businesses in Windsor and Eton who are donating venues and every event is in a place with historic interest.

"We have 35 authors and experts across 24 events in 14 venues - covering 2,500 years of great British history."

Between Friday, November 1 and November 15 events will include talks on 'etiquette throughout the ages' by presenter and author Liz Brewer, a 'century of royal babies' by Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward, as well as the tragic story of the Polish Resistance told by David Williamson.

Going back further television legend Peter Snow will tell the story of the day 'Britain burned the White House', while screenwriter and university lecturer Philippa Langley will describe the search to find the body of Richard III.

The Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War - two traumatic periods of violence that changed Britain - will also feature.

It has all taken quite a lot of getting together. Carol and Mel, who lives in Bexley Street, Windsor have coupled it with busy lives.

Carol is events manager at Waterstones bookshop in Peascod Street. Mel is an artist and photographer who also organises cultural events.

Visit here for details of events and tickets.

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