West Horsley Place Trust are excited to announce that Dr Alison Weir will complete the line-up of historians talking at their History Day on Saturday 16th March.

Dr Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published twenty-one history books, including Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and thirteen historical novels. She will talk at West Horsley Place about the mistresses of Henry VIII.

During the month of International Women’s Day, she is joined by three other acclaimed female authors; Daisy Dunn, Jessie Childs and Helen Castor. The day will include an opportunity to meet the authors and have your books signed as well as a chance to ask them questions.

Award-winning classicist Daisy Dunn has written the first ever female-led history of the ancient world. Ahead of the publication of her book, The Missing Thread, she discusses how, far from being bit-players, women were in fact the real creators of antiquity.

Daisy Dunn said,

“I was excited to curate a series of history talks at West Horsley Place, an estate I fell in love with from the moment I first visited, some years ago. The idea that we might help keep this wonderful house alive by filling it with history-lovers is just wonderful. It felt only right that we should host four female historians in a property nurtured by women for so much of its history.’

Jessie Childs, historian and author, will talk about Basing House which saw one of the longest and bloodiest sieges of the English Civil War.

Helen Castor, a medieval and Tudor historian, and a Fellow Commoner of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge will explore the extraordinary true story behind the myth of Joan of Arc.

Tickets for all the talks, as well as a chance to explore the Manor House and Gardens, are £40. All proceeds from ticket sales support the mission to repair and conserve West Horsley Place, which is currently on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk register.

Purchase your tickets now at www.westhorsleyplace.org.

About West Horsley Place:

 West Horsley Place is a Grade I listed medieval manor house and estate of great beauty and historic significance. The manor house dates from 1425, though there has been a building on site since Saxon times. Our recent work to conserve and maintain the house has made our principal rooms safe and comfortable for public access, but the house remains on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.  

The West Horsley Place Trust aims to bring the house, gardens, 400-acre estate and eight Grade II listed outbuildings back into good repair and to improve people’s wellbeing through culture, heritage & nature.