The Chalke Valley History Trust was established in May 2012 by the founders of Chalke Valley History Festival to create a charitable entity that would promote the understanding and enjoyment of history.
The founders believe passionately that it is vital for people of all ages to learn about the past in order to understand how it is has shaped our modern world and to look to the future with a knowledge of the experience of past generations and the lessons of history.
The Trust’s subsidiary, Chalke Valley History Festivals Limited, operates the UK’s largest festival devoted to history: Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. The festival takes place annually in the early summer in an area of outstanding natural beauty ten miles west of Salisbury. The festival offers a unique combination of literary festival and living history entertainment including talks, debates, combat re-enactments and interactive experiences such as the Trench Experience, Sword School and Archery as well as a series of air displays of historic aircraft.
In 2013 the Trust established another subsidiary, CV Schools History Festival Limited, which operates a festival for schools. The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival for Schools provides a wide-ranging series of lectures, talks by leading historians, as well as living history displays, on relevant curricula subjects to pre-GCSE (year 10), AS Level (year 12) and primary school children.
Further details of these two festivals can be found at www.cvhf.org.uk.
The Trust solicits donations to support its objectives and welcomes applications for grants to fund projects which meet the aims of the Trust.