Ruth Goodman (historian)

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Ruth Goodman
Born 1963 (age 51–52)
Occupation BBC Presenter
Notable work BBC Farm series, advisor to the Victoria & Albert Museum
Children 2

Ruth Goodman (born 1963[1]) is a British freelance historian of the early modern period, specialising in offering advice to museums and heritage attractions.[2] She is a specialist in British social history and is a presenter of the BBC educational documentary series Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm and Wartime Farm.[3] She also presented the 2005 series Tales from the Green Valley,[2][4] and occasionally presents features for The One Show.

She has been a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Shakespeare in Love.[2] She is also a member of the Tudor Group, a re-enactment organisation for the Tudor period.[5][6] As a result of her social history research, she has stopped using detergents in her washing machine, never eats factory farmed food and sometimes cooks on an open wood fire.[2]

Ruth has two daughters - Eve, who regularly appears alongside her in her TV appearances, and Catherine, who appeared in one episode of Victorian Farm.

Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef.

On 18 July 2012, Goodman was awarded the Honorary Degree of 'Doctor of the University' from Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, for her contribution to history education.

In Autumn 2013 she starred in Tudor Monastery Farm, a factual BBC2 television series about farming during the Tudor period.[7]

In November and December 2014 Ruth Goodman appeared with Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold in the BBC Two television series Secrets of the Castle in the UK. This television series examined the techniques used by builders of castles in medieval Europe based on the experimental archaeology project at Guédelon Castle in France.


  1. ^ Radford, Ceri (5 November 2010). "Tough but tranquil: life on the BBC's Edwardian farm". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  2. ^ a b c d Ford, Matt (4 October 2008). "The good old days of back-breaking labour". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Victorian Christmas". BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Lane, Megan (19 August 2005). "Lessons from our ancestors about the countryside". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Live your life in Tudor times". Derby Telegraph. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Siano, Joseph (14 June 1998). "Q & A: Tudor Tour". New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  7. ^ BBC Two - Tudor Monastery Farm - Ruth Goodman

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