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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Tortoise Lates: History

Tortoise Lates: History

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

in partnership with The Uncommon Wines

This is a live studio recording. 

In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

An evening of conversation, ideas and entertainment, new and exclusively for Tortoise members. 

Tortoise Lates: the History edition will bring together well-known historians, best-selling authors, Tortoise editors and a bona fide national treasure to explore history in a new way. 

We’ll hear untold stories and share experiences that will challenge what we think we know about our past, and maybe even change the way we look at the world today. 

Please note!

Tortoise Lates is a live studio recording. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.15pm start. If you arrive late, we will show you to your seat during the first interval. 


Session 1 – 18:30-19:15

A history of the British Isles in Just a Minute

With Gyles Brandreth and Liz Moseley

Gyles Brandreth, national treasure and regular contestant in Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’ takes us on a romp through British history with a series of 60-second stories, told (of course) without hesitation, repetition, or deviation. Tortoise editor Liz Moseley will attempt to keep order. 

Session 2 – 19:30-20:15

Nostalgia and lies: how much of British history is actually true?

With Hannah Rose Woods, Otto English and Matthew d’Ancona

How do the lies we tell ourselves about our past shape the way we live today? British identity is shaped by our history – but how partial is that history? How much of it just…. False? How does the process of collective misremembering start, and how can historians help keep us honest? 

Session 3 – 20:30-21:15

Warrior queens and quiet revolutionaries

Kate Mosse in conversation with Luke Pepera

In conversation with historian and author Luke Pepera, join best-selling author and broadcaster Kate Mosse on a joyous storytelling odyssey about mothers of invention and trailblazing women at the Bar; warrior queens and pirate commanders; those women of courage who resisted and fought for what they believed in to defend their families, their culture and their countries; to the unsung heroes of science, stage, screen and stadium.

editor and invited experts

Liz Moseley

Matthew d’Ancona

Gyles Brandreth
Broadcaster, author & national treasure

Hannah Rose Woods
Writer & cultural historian

Kate Mosse OBE
Novelist & broadcaster

Luke Pepera
Writer, broadcaster, anthropologist & historian

Otto English
Writer & journalist