Top historian’s talk a sell-out

TV presenter, historian and accomplished author Dr Lucy Worsley OBE delivered a fascinating talk on Queen Victoria to a capacity audience in The Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial on Sunday (20 Oct).

The audience was mainly made up of Friends of the Few, who enjoyed priority booking and reduced ticket prices for the talk, one of a series arranged by Trustee Andy Simpson.

Accompanied by her husband Mark, Dr Worsley took the common view of Queen Victoria as a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black and grumpy, and made the audience think again.

She introduced them to a complex, contradictory woman who had a traumatic childhood, loved dancing and who suffered calamity and bereavement before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.

Dr Worsley’s illustrated talk took the audience into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of a woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.

Following the talk she mingled with the audience and signed copies of her book Queen Victoria – Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow. A few signed copies remain and are available from the site (Tel: 01303 249292 or email

Dr Worsley is passionate about making history engaging to the widest possible audience. She is chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that welcomes more than three million visitors annually to London’s Royal Palaces, including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace State Apartments and Hampton Court Palace.

As well as a number of historical books, Dr Worsley has written three novels for children My Name is Victoria, Lady Mary and Eliza Rose.

After Sunday’s sell-out, this weekend’s talk looks set to be equally popular, with just a dozen tickets remaining for the presentation by John Peters, whose Tornado was shot down by a shoulder-launched SAM missile during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991 and later tortured, along with navigator John Nichol. He will talk on his experiences in the RAF.

Sunday’s talk begins at 2.30pm and with so few tickets left, pre-booking is essential. Get in touch on 01303 249292 or email

To join Friends of the Few and benefit from free or reduced entry to next season’s talks, click this link.

Lucy and Jules

With site manager Jules Gomez


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