D-Day Revival Talks

Celebrity WWII Military Historians



Celebrity Speakers Confirmed for Southwick Revival 2018 yet to be confirmed!

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Over 200 people attended the hour long talks last year.

Keep reading to hear about who we had last year and keep your eyes peeled for updates on who will be speaking to you in 2018!


Saturday 10th June 2017

Eric “Winkle” Brown: A Life at Full Throttle

Colonel Paul Beaver; aviation historian, broadcaster and writer is the official biographer of Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown and gives a fascinating insight into the incredible life in the air of Britain’s greatest aviator.

Time: 11:45 am

Venue: Event Marquee

Sunday 11th June 2017

Stout Hearts

Ben Kite recently published ‘Stout Hearts’, a book which offers a new perspective of ordinary soldiers from the British and Canadian Army in the Normandy campaign. With his own lifetime army career, Ben Kite is qualified to speak with passion and integrity from the viewpoint of the boots on the ground.

Time:  11:45 am

Venue: Event Marquee

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 under 16. Available in advance online (coming soon!) or by telephone application: 02392 325 252 

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About The Speakers

Colonel Paul Beaver FRSA FRAeS Historian, Broadcaster and Writer, Charity Fundraiser

Paul Beaver is an historian, broadcaster and writer who is very much a hands-on historian a log book which includes the Spitfire, Harvard and Mustang. He regulars flies the family Cessna and coordinates the flying at the Chalke Valley History Festival.

For 15 years, he was directly linked to Jane’s including Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly. He made JDW into a household name in 1990 through his broadcasting during the Liberation of Kuwait and eventually became a freelance war correspondent for Sky News and a studio ‘expert’ for BBC News and CNN International, for whom he jointly presented the 50th Anniversary of D-Day (from Normandy), VE-Day (from Moscow) and the Hong Kong Handover. During this time, Paul wrote more than 50 books on naval and aviation history.

He has passion for aviation skills education as Chairman of Trustees for the Barnes Wallis Foundation and, historical interpretation as a Trustee of the International Bomber Command Centre. Paul has been a Corporate Ambassador for SSAFA – the armed forces charity – for over a decade. He is also a committee member of the Air Power Association, a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society and the Battle of Britain Historical Society. In June 2014, he delivered a sell-out lecture at the Chalke Valley History Festival, taking the people, places and politics of the Spitfire as his theme which led to SPITFIRE PEOPLE published in June 2015 with a foreword by the late Captain Eric (Winkle) Brown CBE DSC AFC RN. Paul is now writing Winkle’s biography for publication in 2018.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Paul launched a series of heritage posters and a Flypast Guidebook which led to him being the historical advisor to Channel 4’s presentation of the Battle of Britain at Goodwood. His latest book, SPITFIRE EVOLUTION was published on 5th March 2016 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Type 300 which became the Spitfire.

Paul retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 with the rank of Colonel, late of the Army Air Corps. From 2014-16, he was Chairman of No 1010 (City of Salisbury) Squadron of the Air Cadet Organisation and retains a strong interest in education, advising the Aviation Skills Partnership on armed forces-related STEM. He lectures regularly at the Museum of Army Flying.


Brigadier B D A Kite OBE

Ben Kite is a serving, senior British Army Officer and author, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1989 and was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps. He has completed operational deployments in Belize, Bosnia, Kurdistan, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as helping integrate ANC soldiers into the post-apartheid South African National Defence Forces and intelligence community. He has a broad military background serving in armoured, infantry and airmobile units as well as with the Royal Air Force and Royal Marines. He also remembers, with great affection, his time spent with US forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and at US Cyber Command. Ben Kite has instructed at Sandhurst and attended both the Advanced Command and Staff College and Higher Command and Staff College; he is currently commanding the UK’s Joint Force Intelligence Group.

Ben Kite is the author of the widely acclaimed ‘Stout Hearts – The British and Canadians in Normandy’ a book that forensically examines 21st Army Group in Normandy and explains how an army actually operates in War. It has played an important part in re-appraising the under-valued role and performance of the British Army in this campaign and brought the personal experiences of many veterans to life. He is a member of the Army Historical Society and his love of history also translates into the conduct of many battlefield tours, mainly in NW Europe, which he runs for select groups on request.



With thanks to our sponsors:

Simon Greenly

L & S Waste

The Military Vehicles Trust

(South Hants Area)



Lockheed Martin

Coffin Mew

Adnams. Southwold

The Golden Lion Pub

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Only available on Saturday 9 June & Sunday 10 June 2018

  • Free car parking in event car park
  • Period Shuttle Bus to Southwick House
  • Entry to Southwick House and the famous D-Day Wall Map
  • Special 45 minute talk in the Map Room by museum staff
  • Entry to Royal Military Police Museum within Southwick Park
  • Return Shuttle Bus
  • Entry to the special exhibition of wartime village life

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