2017 Theme: Horrible Histories
Most children are familiar with the very successful Horrible Histories books written by Terry Deary and with the TV series with the same title.
The Horrible Histories series gains, and continues to develop, young children’s interest in history via short, funny anecdotes which highlight aspects of the subjects that may not appear in standard text books. For example, Stupid Deaths covers a number of bizarre ways that people died through the ages.
The TV show presents these facts with interesting playlets or songs (often parodys or using familiar tunes) to help facts to be absorbed. One song listed all the British Monarchs. It had repetition in the chorus and an accompanying video featuring selected Royals throughout the past (almost) 1,000 years, making it easy to learn and remember. A cartoon about Wat Tyler and the Peasants Revolt from the Measly Middle Ages book became a a silly sketch in the TV series.
This year, the Welwyn Festival theme is Horrible Histories and the Street parade on Saturday 24th June will feature historical – possibly hysterical – interpretations of different periods in history. With this theme in mind, our local historian, Tony Rook, has created the artwork for the 2017 Welwyn Festival printed programme.
We look forward to seeing the array of costumes this year!