Ali Ansari is a Professor in the School of History and the Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and President of the British Institute of Persian Studies. His research interests include the development of the State in Iran in the modern era, with a particular focus on nationalism, mythology and the use (and abuse) of history. He is the author of Confronting Iran: the Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust.
Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREEIn what promises to be an absorbing and thought-provoking discussion chaired by Ali Ansari, Samir Puri and Zareer Masani - intellectual heavyweights both - will be discussing how we view the British Empire in retrospect, its ongoing tentacles and how it should be regarded in the light of other empires and an ever-evolving world.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).