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Reappraising Queen Victoria with historian Lucy Worsley

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 10, 2018

Historian Lucy Worsley

Historian Lucy Worsley’s new tour with Clive Conway Productions marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of  Queen Victoria and her new book on the woman who history tends to treat as the not-so-merry monarch looks like going down a storm.

For telly favourite Lucy is intent on setting the record straight. Contrary to  legend it seems that Queen Victoria was often amused. The idea that she was a little old lady dressed in black and in a perpetual grump is simply not true.

Lucy’s talks, based on her book Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife Mother and Widow, which was published last week by Hodder and Stoughton, are designed to dispel some myths.

She’ll be appearing at Chelmsford and Kettering this week with more Queen Victoria evenings to follow.

Lucy invites us to take new a look at the remarkable monarch. We meet a complex, contradictory woman, who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before emerging as an eccentric, powerful and really rather magnificent old lady.

Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich and colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe. 

May 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth and Lucy will also present a 90 minute documentary about Queen Victoria on BBC 2 in the autumn schedules. 

We learn about a passionate woman who invented a new role for the monarchy establishing her  authority and character in an era when society had very fixed ideas about the role Lucy Worsley presents Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife Mother and Widow at The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford on Friday 14th September. More info at and at 

The Lighthouse Theatre at the Kettering Conference Centre on Sunday (16th September) More info at