Where in the world do you feel most connected to the past?  That’s the question the June issue of BBC History Magazine would like you to answer in 400 words (or fewer). Your choice of place can be ‘any location that you deem to be historic, and it can be absolutely anywhere in the world.  It does not need to be a famous heritage site, nor somewhere where something momentous happened, but if it is such a place, that’s fine.’  Wherever you choose, they want you to say why the place in question matters to you, and how and why it has inspired you to enjoy or study the past. As you may guess, they’re not looking for a tour guide but ‘creative, inspiring writing that communicates the reasons for your enthusiasm’.

The winner is in for a treat.  Not only will their entry be published in the December issue of BBC History Magazine but they’ll also receive: two golden tickets to its History Weekend in Malmesbury (including accommodation for two from 15th–17th October); a framed print of their entry; afternoon tea with authors Alison Weir and Tracy Borman (to discuss the art of writing); and £500-worth of history books.  Five runners-up will also receive £50-worth of history books.

The closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday 1st September 2015.  Full details on how to enter are at:  historyextra.com/inspiringhistory