Ruth Goodman (historian)

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Ruth Goodman
Born (1963-10-05) 5 October 1963 (age 55)
OccupationBBC Presenter, Historian
Notable work
BBC documentaries, advisor to the Victoria & Albert Museum
Children2
Websitewww.ruthgoodman.me.uk

Ruth Ellen Goodman (born 5 October 1963[1][2]) is a British freelance historian of the early modern period, specialising in offering advice to museums and heritage attractions.[3] She is a specialist in British social history and is a presenter of the BBC television educational documentary series Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm, Wartime Farm[4] and Full Steam Ahead. She also presented the 2005 series Tales from the Green Valley,[3][5] and occasionally presents features for The One Show. She co-presented Secrets of the Castle in 2014.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Cardiff and went to Fearnhill School in Letchworth.

Career[edit]

She has been a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the film Shakespeare in Love.[3] She is a member of the Tudor Group, a re-enactment organisation for the Tudor period.[6][7] 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.[3]

Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef.

From 2005 to 2014, Goodman participated in all six of the BBC historic farms series.

Since 2015, Goodman has presented segments within the BBC television series Inside the Factory.

Personal life[edit]

Ruth is married to Tudor reenactor and musician Mark Goodman (who is featured in one episode of Tudor Monastery Farm). They have two daughters: Eve and Catherine. Eve has appeared several times with her mother on television, and Catherine made an appearance during Victorian Farm. They live in Quainton, Buckinghamshire.

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.

Publications[edit]

  • How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life (2016). ISBN 9780241973714
  • How to be a Victorian (2014). ISBN 9780670921362
  • How to behave badly in Renaissance Britain (2018). ISBN 9781782438496

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radford, Ceri (5 November 2010). "Tough but tranquil: life on the BBC's Edwardian farm". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ Companies House Archived 27 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d Ford, Matt (4 October 2008). "The good old days of back-breaking labour". Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Victorian Christmas". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  5. ^ Lane, Megan (19 August 2005). "Lessons from our ancestors about the countryside". BBC News Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Live your life in Tudor times". Derby Telegraph. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  7. ^ Siano, Joseph (14 June 1998). "Q & A: Tudor Tour". New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010.

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