The Thomas Hardye School

Historians meeting Historians

Chalke Valley


On 27th June Year 10 and 12 History students were given the opportunity of attending the Chalke Valley History Festival. The annual event provides students with the opportunity of taking part in a wide range of history-based activities tailored to meet the requirements of a number of GCSE and A-level courses including living history displays and re-enactments, as well as the chance to listen to and meet well-established historians. Hence the event proved rather successful in its aim to “excite, enthral and entertain about the past”. The festival’s success is a result of its unique way of encouraging students to view history from a different, more thought provoking yet entertaining way, and this has proven to be engaging among students, as this year’s festival saw over 2,500 attendees from 110 schools! Therefore, as a student of The Thomas Hardye School, I cannot stress how encouraging this event is, in terms of furthering my understanding and interest in history, forming a deeper connection with the subject; this certainly is an event not to miss! (Ishmal Khan, 10MU)

“It was really fun and the talks added a new political and philosophical view on topics studied in school.” Theo Byrne

“I loved the festival today, the talks were inspiring and empowering, I even got to meet Bee Rowlatt speak about equality for women. I would love to come back again next year!” Megan Crick

“The trip was fun, interactive and very educational. I would certainly recommend this for future students.” Ben Holder

 Chalke Valley


Chalke valley




July 2018