History Festival


Illustrations for the first
Wilton History Festival


The first Wilton History Festival will take place from the 17th to the 22nd September (the feast of St Edith). Wilton’s history is long and illustrious. In the early Middle Ages it bore an eminent position as the royal seat of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, where the town’s important abbey was established – the home of St. Edith of Wilton.

The Illustrations show Egbert of Wessex who built the palace at Wilton and Æthelburh of Wilton who founded the abbey, which in its time was a prestigious centre of women's education. The third character is the unconventional nun, zoo keeper and designer, St Edith who is our festival mascot - you can read more about her here.