Tessa Dunlop

Tessa Dunlop

Dr Tessa Dunlop is a twentieth-century historian, acclaimed author (Sunday Times bestseller The Century Girls and The Bletchley Girls) and Royal Television Society awarded broadcaster. She was a presenter on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning series Coast, appears on numerous history documentaries and talk shows and writes for Mail+.

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  1. Speakers Corner: X Questions on the Army Girls
    Speakers Corner: X Questions on the Army Girls

    In X Questions with... your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Tessa Dunlop on the Army Girls in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    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).


    Commemorating the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, with a special nod to fellow Army Girl and driver HM Queen Elizabeth in her Jubilee year, 98-year-old Joyce Wilding will explain how, aged eighteen, she joined the elite First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and became an SOE assistant and later a corporal and driver. Dr Tessa Dunlop will help locate her story in the broader wartime context when thinking on women in the military was overturned, with girls as young as seventeen serving King and country in uniform.

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