Unexpected Histories of the Tudors

‘How everything – even the most unexpected of subjects – has a history’ was the theme of this term’s Junior Medley Lecture delivered by two of the country’s best-known historians, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Maybell to an enthusiastic audience of Lower School girls and their parents.

6 February 2020

Fun and fast-paced, the Histories of the Unexpected show brought a fresh aspect to the history of the Tudors answering questions such as ‘Why is the history of shrinking all about the Spanish Armada?’, ‘Why is the history of oranges all about Tudor spies?’ and ‘What links Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to windows, bells and fire?’

Armed with an inventive set and a seemingly endless array of props, Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Maybell challenged everyone with a new way of thinking about the past and took the audience on a journey through the history of the Tudors via an array of entirely unexpected subjects.


Murray Centre Director, Mrs Toogood said,

The Histories of the Unexpected lecture was a huge hit with the girls who loved the set and all the props, especially the hats! Thank you to Dr Willis and Professor Maybell for such an entertaining, enriching and unforgettable show!

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