Chelsea History Festival

Join us again in 2023

Royal Hospital Road
London SW3

Chelsea History Festival

Join us again in 2023

Royal Hospital Road,
London SW3

It is with sorrow and our deepest respect that the Chelsea History Festival marks the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The place to explore history

Discover the past in all its variety and enjoy an immersive line-up of events on a historic stage.

Explore Chelsea

Uncovering local history through architecture, art and nature

Chelsea Pensioner James Little

Tour of the State Apartments, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Join Chelsea Pensioner James Little on a tour of these magnificent rooms at the heart of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Dr Emily Mayhew

Chelsea in the Blitz

Dr Emily Mayhew explores the devastating impact of the Blitz on Chelsea’s people and places.

Flowers at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden

Anne Edwards takes us on an exclusive tour around one of the world’s most historic and beautiful botanical gardens.

Headline events

Bringing the past to life through performances, talks and tours

Ann MacMillan and Peter Snow

Kings and Queens of England

Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan on the lives and reigns of the most powerful men and women in English, and later British, society.

Michael Morpurgo

War Horse: The Concert

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved story with a special concert in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea .

Janina Ramirez

The Women Written Out of the Middle Ages

Janina Ramirez restores medieval women struck from the historical record to their rightful positions as influential power-players.

Dan Jones

Essex Dogs: Writing Historical Fiction

Dan Jones discusses his historical fiction debut and the process of bringing the past to life in a new way.

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A word from our sponsor

‘Cadogan is delighted to once again be supporting the Chelsea History Festival. As a family business, we have a longstanding association with the area and local community so we welcome the opportunity to celebrate historians, writers and artists, providing a platform to share their work and make Chelsea’s history accessible to everyone.’