Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. His work takes him on adventures all over the world. He has made ten TV series for the BBC and National Geographic that have been watched by millions of viewers worldwide. He has re-created the first ever voyage down the Grand Canyon, braving hundreds of miles of enormous rapids in a tiny wooden rowing boat. He has made films and documentaries on castles, weapons, pirates, highwaymen, shipwrecks, submarines, Antarctic exploration, invasions, the Spanish Armada, the First World War, and the Second World War. Most recently he made an epic 6-part series for National Geographic called ‘Relics of China’. He is also the author of more than fifteen books and the presenter of the chart-topping podcast and live show ‘Histories of the Unexpected’.
In this Thread of History talk, acclaimed naval historian, Sam Willis, will chart the development of British naval and maritime power in the seventeenth century, from shipbuilding to increasingly skilled seamen and commanders. Concentrating military resources on the navy allowed growing dominance at sea, which in turn allowed Britain to increase overseas trade and strengthen its burgeoning empire.
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).