Strands run through the format of the festival weekend, allowing in depth examination of a subject. Select a strand below to find out more.
Optimism versus Pessimism
"The Battle of Ideas gives a forum for the most topical of debates and the healthy exchange of ideas - in our session what interested most was the contributions from the floor, also just the sheer buzz of the crowds in the foyers."
Jeremy Musson, writer and historic buildings consultant; former architectural editor, Country Life