David Hendy

David Hendy

David Hendy is Professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex. His books include Life on Air: A History of Radio Four, winner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award and Orwell Prize nominee, and Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening.

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    In 1922, three men, only one of whom had previously heard of 'broadcasting', founded the BBC. In doing so, Arthur Burrows, Cecil Lewis, and John Reith set out to accomplish something utterly bold: using what had been a weapon of war - Marconi's wireless - to remake culture for the good of humanity. In the year of the BBC’s centenary celebrations, historian Professor David Hendy will trace the BBC from its maverick beginnings through war, the creation of television, changing public taste, austerity and massive cultural change. This will be a history of a now global institution that is as much of a National Treasure as the NHS, as well a reflection on 100 years of British history.

    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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