Suzannah Lipscomb

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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author and broadcaster.

Suzannah presents BBC4's Hidden Killers series of documentaries - The Victorian Home, The Edwardian Home, The Tudor Home and most recently The Post-War Home, all to great acclaim. She recently co-presented the four part series Henry VIII and His Six Wives with Dan Jones for Channel 5. She also presented Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder and Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, both two-part series’ for Channel 5. She is currently filming a new series for the channel focussing on Queen Elizabeth I. The epic story will be driven by the contrasting viewpoints of Suzannah, who will give the viewer Elizabeth’s point of view, and Dan Jones who will highlight the threats posed by her enemies.

Suzannah co-presented ITV's I Never Knew That about Britain and for National Geographic Suzannah presented two series:  ‘Bloody Tales of the Tower of London’ and 'Bloody Tales of Europe' and featured extensively throughout BBC2's 'The Last Days of Anne Boleyn' and also Yesterday's Secret Life Of.... series. Suzannah's reports also featured on ITV's Britain's Secret Treasures series. Suzannah also recently appeared on the BBC2 quiz show Insert Name Here.

For the Royal Wedding of 2011, Suzannah commentated live as part of the CTV (Canadian Television) studio coverage from Buckingham Palace. She has also appeared on BBC’s The One Show, Channel 4’s Time Team, and BBC Radio 4, and presented BBC Radio 3’s The Essay. She has also made appearances on BBC2's Newsnight and Channel 4 News.

Suzannah is Head of History and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities. 

As a Scholar, Suzannah took a double first in her BA and a distinction in her Masters, both in History at Lincoln College, Oxford. She won the Jowett Senior Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, to study her D.Phil. in History, which she was awarded in 2009. In 2006-2007, she held a Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. In 2007-2010, Suzannah was Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace. She is now a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and an External Advisory Member on their Research Strategy Board.

She is the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009) and A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, Random House, March 2012), the co-editor of Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance (Ashgate, 2012). She writes regularly for BBC History Magazine and History Today and her new book The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII was published in Nov 2015.

She is frequently invited to give talks and after-dinner speeches at galleries, museums, clubs, schools, literary festivals and local history societies.

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She tweets as @sixteenthCGirl

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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author and broadcaster.

She has presented the Channel 5 series Henry & Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History. She also presented BBC4's Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home parts 1 and 2 and Hidden Killers of the Edwardian Home to great acclaim. The latest of Suzannah's Hidden Killers series is due to air in January 2015.

Suzannah also co-presented ITV's I Never Knew That about Britain.
She co-presented two series for National Geographic: 'Bloody Tales of the Tower of London' and 'Bloody Tales of Europe' and featured extensively throughout BBC2's 'The Last Days of Anne Boleyn' and also Yesterday's Secret Life Of... series. Suzannah's reports also featured on ITV's Britain's Secret Treasures series in 2013.

Suzannah is an engaging public speaker and has given many talks and lectures at universities, museums, galleries. We can suggest some potential titles for her talks, please enquire.

Recent Testimonials include:

Keynote to open the Katharine of Aragon Festival at Peterborough Cathedral
We were delighted with the audience and please pass on our grateful thanks to Suzannah for being such a star and a delight to deal with. She was hugely generous with her time at the signing afterwards and delighted the attendees with her easy manner. We thoroughly enjoyed having her and would love to see her again in the future.

Talk at Tower of London to Jardine Matheson Executives
Thank you so much for a really great session yesterday. I thought the theme was spot on - remarkable how many parallels could be drawn with modern day strategic corporate leadership. the part that resonated most for the group was probably the one related surrounding oneself with the right people - I thought you did an excellent job in highlighting that particular aspect. Needless to say, I was captivated and we all took away some useful lessons, which will be distilled and put to good use.

Media Evolution Conference, Malmo, Sweden: 'Learning from the Past', opening keynote speaker
Suzannah's presentation was a real hit, it set a nice tone to the conference and we are getting great feedback for it.
Watch it here.

Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Hampshire. Talk on Henry VIII
We were delighted, the event easily sold out and everyone was totally engaged and enthralled by her talk.

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