Secondary Headteacher Chairs Talk at Top History Festival

Last July, Mr Petrie, Head of Secondary at BSB Castelldefels, had the honour of chairing a keynote talk at the prestigious Chalke Valley History Festival. This is the biggest History Festival in the UK and takes place over the course of a week in beautiful countryside just outside the city of Salisbury.

Organised by leading World War II expert and author, James Holland, the week sees the world´s top historians come together to offer talks, lectures, discussions and workshops on every conceivable period of History. Alongside this, Living History demonstrations allow the public to experience everything from life in a World War I trench to what it was like to undertake armed combat with a 14th Century knight.

Mr Petrie has previously been a judge of the Festival´s History Writing Competition, alongside Joanna Lumley and writers Sebastian Faulks and Conn Iggulden, and this year he was asked to chair a discussion on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Sgt Pepper album and the 1967 Summer of Love. Panelists on the talk included Giles Martin, son of the Beatles´ producer George Martin as well as two highly acclaimed writers and journalists whose expertise in the area was astonishing.

With a packed-out tent of 200 people enjoying the event, Mr Petrie hopes to be asked to return in future years and looks forward to the day when a BSB History student is the one sharing their particular expertise with the crowds!


More information about the Festival here