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Gloucester to host BBC History Festival this weekend


Alex Lovell explores Gloucester's Norman history with historian Phil Moss

Gloucester will be the venue for a day-long celebration of British history this Saturday.

The BBC History Festival on Saturday, 28 August, 2010 will be a free, family event and is being held as part of the nationwide campaign, BBC Hands on History.

Attractions will cover all eras from the Norman invasion to the 20th century and will include re-enactors, archive film shows, talks, heritage walks, living history displays and a host of activities for children.

Historical characters at the lunch of the BBC History Festival in Gloucester
All eras from the Norman invasion to the 20th century will be covered

"This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the Cathedral's Norman origins, discover why Gloucester was the birthplace of the Domesday Book and even walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror," said Trish Campbell, event organiser from BBC Learning.

The Cathedral Cloisters, famously depicted as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, will be home to an array of history exhibitions and heritage displays.

Meanwhile the Chapter House is the venue for budding actors and radio enthusiasts.

Visitors can play the role of 'Eric the Norman' or help create realistic sound effects in a specially created radio drama.

For full details of all the day's activities and events download the BBC History Festival 2010 programme of events: Printable programme of events (PDF) 60KB

The BBC History Festival runs from 10am until 4pm at the Cathedral and other locations in the city including Gloucester Guildhall, St Michael's Tower, the Folk Museum and the City Museum & Art Gallery.

The event is being staged by the BBC in partnership with organisations such as the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral, the City and County Councils, Gloucester Civic Trust and many local historical groups and societies.

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