Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson has an undergraduate and master’s degree in history from Cambridge. He is the author of several books including What Price Liberty? for which he received the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times bestseller Empire of the Deep: the Rise and Fall of the British Navy, and Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind’s Greatest Invention. He has consulted for various TV history programmes and appeared on TV and radio. He has written for several newspapers and magazines.

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  1. 74. ROTTEN BOROUGHS AND REFORM
    74. ROTTEN BOROUGHS AND REFORM

    In this Thread of History Talk, Ben Wilson will chart how rotten boroughs – parliamentary boroughs that had an increasingly dwindling electorate - became bywords for both corruption and long-term decline, and how the 1832 Reform Act, introduced by the Prime Minister, Lord Grey, transformed the electoral system in England and Wales for ever with far-reaching consequences for society.

    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).

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