Sir Barney White-Spunner is a former regular soldier whose military career culminated as Commander of the British Field Army. He has led British and Multinational forces in a wide variety of countries, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2012 to 2016 he was Executive Chairman of The Countryside Alliance, the organisation that campaigns to promote and protect all those who live and work in the countryside. He has written extensively on rural affairs and military history. Knighted in 2011, he is also an Honorary Legionnaire in the French Foreign Legion, a Member of the United States Order of Merit and holds the Knights Cross of Hungary. His publications include Horse Guards a military, political and social history of the Household Cavalry; Of Living Valour – The Story of the Soldiers at Waterloo ; and Partition -The Story of Indian Independence in 1947 and the Creation of Pakistan, which is an international best seller. His latest book is Berlin – A Biography of the City.
In 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. The initial euphoria degenerated into bitter incrimination and recrimination as nearly one million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods. Partition dominated the history of South Asia for the next decades, leading to three wars, countless acts of terrorism, polarisation around the Cold War powers and to two nations with millions living in poverty spending disproportionate amounts on their military. It happened far away, but it would also shape modern Britain. 75 years later, Kavita Puri and Barney White-Spunner will discuss the legacy of those turbulent months.
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).