Andrew Chatterton

Andrew Chatterton

Andrew Chatterton is a Second World War historian and Public Relations professional. Focusing on the secret layers of civilian defence in Britain during the Second World War, Chatterton has appeared on numerous podcasts including, WeHaveWays, HistoryHack, HistoryRage and HomeBrewHistory, written articles on the subject for magazines such as Britain at War, Military History Matters, History of Warfare. He has also made television contributions including ‘The Buildings that Fought Hitler’. His book, Britain's Secret Defences is based on 12 years of researching and documenting the Auxiliary Units and Special Duties Branch in his voluntary role with the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team.

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  1. Speakers Corner: Britain's Secret Defences - Special Duties Branch
    Speakers Corner: Britain's Secret Defences - Special Duties Branch

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    The Special Duties Branch was a highly secret civilian group designed to quickly pass on critical information about a German invasion of Britain. Doctors, vets, publicans, mothers, teenagers and the elderly were trained to observe and pass on information via dead letter drops and secret civilian wireless operators, often ATS women working covertly in bunkers. This talk will reveal the amazing and relatively untold story of these remarkable people who mostly took the knowledge of their crucial role to their graves, having signed the Official Secrets Act.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    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).

    £0.00
  2. Speakers Corner: Britain's Secret Defences - Special Duties Branch
    Speakers Corner: Britain's Secret Defences - Special Duties Branch

    The Special Duties Branch was a highly secret civilian group designed to quickly pass on critical information about a German invasion of Britain. Doctors, vets, publicans, mothers, teenagers and the elderly were trained to observe and pass on information via dead letter drops and secret civilian wireless operators, often ATS women working covertly in bunkers. This talk will reveal the amazing and relatively untold story of these remarkable people who mostly took the knowledge of their crucial role to their graves, having signed the Official Secrets Act.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    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).

    £0.00
  3. The Trench Experience (F2)
    The Trench Experience (F2)

    The Trench returns this year by popular demand. It's late May 1940 and on the one hill in Flanders that juts out above the surrounding French countryside, a small detachment of British infantry is desperately trying to stem the German advance. Hold out here on this chalky outcrop and the bulk of the British Expeditionary Force might well be able to get back to Dunkirk and from there to England. Much depends on these few men...
    Learn about Cassel 1940, the heroic defence by the men of the Gloucesters and the Ox & Bucks, and experience first-hand what it was like to be there in those desperate days of May 1940.

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