With theatres closed during the pandemic our Curtain Up series of online talks have proved a big success.
The series, presented in conjunction with Iconic Media Solutions, offers on-demand access to talks that have been live-streamed by celebrities and experts.
So far there are shows featuring Gyles Brandreth, Rev Richard Coles, The Antiques Roadshow’s Paul Atterbury, architectural historian Dan Cruickshank and Lucy Worsley.
Ever popular TV historian Lucy has two talks - one that i mentioned last week is Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow' which challenges what has become the conventional view of the great monarch as a grumpy old lady dressed in black.
Lucy introduces instead a complex, contradictory woman. A woman who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and a rather magnificent old lady.
Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.
Her other talk is about one of our greatest novelists, Jane Austen. Called simply Jane Austen at Home’ it is based on Lucy’s book of the same name. It finds her painting a vivid picture of her favourite author
Through the houses, places and possessions which mattered to her, Lucy explores Jane Austen’s world, considers what home meant to Jane and to the women like her who populate her novels.
Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster, Lucy instead offers us a witty, passionate and courageous woman, who, in her quiet way, changed the world. Check the link below to book tickets.