Tom Nancollas is a writer and building conservationist. He has worked on church repair grants for English Heritage and various historic building projects in the City of London. Of Cornish ancestry, he maintained a love of seascapes during his work in the capital and became fascinated with offshore rock lighthouses, which were the subject of his critically acclaimed first book, Seashaken Houses. The Ship Asunder is his second book.
From the Bronze Age to the era of the ocean liner, Tom Nancollas will discuss with Dan Snow the ultimate British vessel by divulging the eleven relics of Britain's historic ships which, together, tell the monumental story of Britain's seafaring past. Weaving together stories of great naval architects and unsung shipwrights, fishermen and merchants, shipwrecks and superstition, pilgrimage, trade and war, he will celebrate the richness of Britain's seafaring tradition in all its glory and tragedy, triumph and disaster, and ask how we might best memorialize it as it vanishes from our shores.
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).