Talks | Suzannah Lipscomb


Suzannah is an engaging public speaker and has given many talks and lectures at universities, museums, galleries, history societies, clubs and schools.

Here she is giving a TEDx talk at St Paul’s School:

Recent Public Talks

  • BBC History Magazine's History Weekend, 'Magnificence, Love and Scaffolds: Politics at the Court of Henry VIII', 18th October 2014.
  • Jardine Matheson Executives, 'Leadership Lessons from the Tudors', October 2014.
  • Chalke Valley History Festival, 'Magnificence, Love and Scaffolds', 29th June 2014.
  • The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, where I was an historian among scientists, speaking on the 'Mary Rose as a Tudor Time Capsule' and 'Dying to be Beautiful', June 2014.
  • The Tower of London, 'The Fall of Anne Boleyn', 27th May 2014.
  • Haileybury School, Speech Day, Guest Speaker, 24th May 2014.
  • The Directors Lecture, Ashmolean Museum, 17th May 2014.
  • Ipswich School, Speech Day, Guest Speaker, 16th May 2014.
  • The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, 'Prince to Tyrant, What Changed Henry VIII', 13th March 2014. 
  • Chalke Valley, Patrons Dinner, 'Learning From The Past', 7th March 2014.
  • The Ashmole Society, Brasenose College, 'Breaking the Silence, 31st January 2014.
  • ThoughtOutUEA London, 'Public Intellectualism Today', 12th November 2013.
  • BBC History Magazine's History Weekend, 'Tudors vs Plantagenets', with Dan Jones, 26th October 2013.
  • University of Texas at Austin, TX, US: 'The Tudors: The Dynasty that Made Britain', 4th October 2013.
  • Texas State University, TX, US: 'Prince to Tyrant: What Changed Henry VIII?' 3rd October 2013.
  • Media Evolution Conference, Malmo, Sweden: 'Learning from the Past', opening keynote speaker, 21st August 2013.
  • English Heritage Festival of History at Kelmarsh Hall, 'Scars on the Landscape: Encountering the Dissolution of the Monasteries', 21st July 2013.
  • Department for Transport, DEFRA and DCLG History Society, 'A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England', 3rd June 2013.
  • V&A, 'Fit for a King: Power, Glory & Fashion at the Tudor Court', 18th May 2013.
  • BBC History Magazine, Talking Tudors Day, 'The Anne Boleyn Controversies', 28th April 2013.
  • Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge'1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII', 3rd November 2012.
  • Throckmorton Literary Festival at Coughton Court, 'A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England', 23rd September 2012.
  • World Monuments Fund at the Royal Geographical Society'Behind Closed Doors: The Hidden Histories of Great Buildings' with Hallie Rubenhold, 12th September 2012.
  • Latitude Festival - 'A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England', 13th July 2012.
  • Villiers Park Educational Trust, 'Breaking the Silence: Finding the Ordinary Women of Sixteenth-Century France', 9th July 2012.
  • The Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World, Kensington Palace, 6-8th June - chaired a panel on 'Redefining Monarchy for the Modern World', 8th June 2012.
  • The Boleyn Festival at Blickling Hall - '1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII', 19th May 2012.
  • The Tower of London (BBC History Magazine in association Historic Royal Palaces) with Dan Jones- 'Plantagenets vs Tudors: Which dynasty mattered more?', 17th May 2012.
  • Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage) - 'A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England', 16th May 2012

And at many, many schools...

Possible Titles for Talks include:

  • Dying to be Beautiful
  • Leadership Lessons from The Tudors
  • The Uses of the Past: History on Film, Popular History and Public History
  • Prince to Tyrant: What Changed Henry VIII?
  • A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England
  • The Tudors: The Dynasty that Made England
  • The Anne Boleyn Controversies
  • Scars on the Landscape: The Dissolution of the Monasteries
  • Why Do the Tudors Matter?
  • Is the Past a Foreign Country?
  • Learning from the Past
  • Magnificence, Love and Scaffolds: Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
  • Fit for a King: Power, Glory and Fashion at the Tudor Court
  • Breaking the Silence: Finding the Ordinary Women of Sixteenth-Century France
  • Possibilities, Perils and Passions: Tudors and their Houses

Other Notable Previous Talks:


  • Society of Renaissance Studies Annual Lecture 2011

  • Historical Association at the British Library 2009

History weekends

  • BBC History Magazine weekends in  2013 and 2014

  • Chalke Valley History Festival
  • A Panorama of History Weekend

  • Christ Church, Oxford Special Interest Weekend


  • University College, Dublin
  • Queen Mary University
  • University of Oxford
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Fordham University
  • Salisbury University
  • The University of Maryland
  • James Madison University
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Lancaster

Museums and galleries

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The Mary Rose Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery

Please email her broadcast agent (see Contacts page) if you’d like to ask her to come and talk to your group.