BBC @ Mount Stewart Conversations 2019

BBC @ Mount Stewart Conversations 2019

BBC Northern Ireland

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September

We are pleased to be hosting a series of BBC events as part of the annual Mount Stewart Conversations festival on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019. It’s our most ambitious programme to date and will focus on national and international affairs - looking to the past and exploring current issues and future prospects. We’ll be chatting about politics, diplomacy, journalism and the work of foreign correspondents, documentary film-making, travels and travel writing and historical biographies.

Our BBC Conversations will extend across the weekend and will be hosted by William Crawley, Tara Mills and Ben Wright. Each session will last approximately 75 minutes, including time for questions and comments from the audience. And we’ll aim to make effective use of the BBC’s programme and picture archives in helping to illustrate some of the people, places and themes that we’ll be discussing with our guests.

The Mount Stewart Conversations festival is a joint initiative between the BBC and the National Trust in Northern Ireland. All events are free of charge and will take place in a purpose-built marquee.

Visit the individual listings for more details.

Please note that our planned session with film maker Norma Percy will now take place at a later date.

Due to the anticipated level of demand, tickets will be restricted to two per applicant for each BBC Conversation event. Ticket allocation and venue admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Photographic proof of ID must be shown. If you cannot provide this proof you will be refused entry. If your photo ID does not match the name on the ticket you will not be admitted. If you request two tickets because you are taking a guest along, that person will only be allowed in if they are accompanied by you.

Please take a look at our FAQ to see what type of photo ID is acceptable.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.


All information is correct at time of publication.

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Diplomats and Diplomacy
Diplomats and Diplomacy
A discussion on the work of diplomats and the role of diplomacy at a time of uncertainty.
Saturday 7 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Art, Architecture and Diplomacy
Art, Architecture and Diplomacy
The career of Kenneth Clark in discussion with James Stourton.
Saturday 7 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Thomas Cromwell - Hero or Villain?
Thomas Cromwell - Hero or Villain?
Acclaimed biographer Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the career and reputation of Thomas Cromwell.
Saturday 7 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Language, Politics and the New York Times
Language, Politics and the New York Times
Mark Thompson discusses the language of politics and political debate.
Saturday 7 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Travels and Travel Writing
Travels and Travel Writing
Rosita Boland, Sara Wheeler and Horatio Clare discuss the business of travel writing.
Sunday 8 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Ministers, Prime Ministers and Westminster
Ministers, Prime Ministers and Westminster
A look at relations between Downing Street and its occupants and Westminster politics.
Sunday 8 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Reporting from Elsewhere: International News and Foreign Correspondents
Reporting from Elsewhere: International News and Foreign Correspondents
Lucy Williamson and Mark Landler discuss the work of foreign correspondents.
Sunday 8 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Clementine, Winston and Chartwell
Clementine, Winston and Chartwell
Sonia Purnell, Sarah Gristwood and Margaret Gaskin discuss Clementine and Winston Churchill.
Sunday 8 September
Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

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Venue

Mount Stewart House (BBC Marquee)

Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD

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Getting there

By Car

You wil find Mount Stewart House on the Newtownards to Portaferry road, A20, 15 miles south-east of Belfast.

Free parking is available 100 yards from the House.

SatNav: If you are using SatNav/GPS, please be aware that it may lead you to the back gate at Mount Stewart which is not accessible to the public. Mount Stewart is on the Portaferry Road in Newtownards heading towards Greyabbey. Please stay on the Portaferry Road where you will see Mount Stewart clearly signposted.

By Bus

Belfast to Portaferry, alight at gates.

By Train

Bangor is 10 miles away by train.