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IF ONLY ALL HISTORY TEACHERS COULD BE LUCY WORSLEY - MARCH 30 - 3.15PM - 2019

Lucy Worsley, 2.00pm, The Sheldonian

In a dazzling bright red and black patterned dress (Q:  if Lucy were a man, would you make reference to their attire? A: if it was equally stylish and spot-on, yes) Worsley grabbed the audience’s attention while still looking for their seats (she was in fact up on stage a good 20 minutes BEFORE she was due to talk).
Since this was a family audience, what helped enormously for those still cradled in their parents arms was a large, crayoned picture of her (it turns out it really was a self-portrait, aged somewhere between six and eleven) on screen announcing in crayoned scribble ‘Hello! I’m Lucy Worsley’.
As Darcey Bussell before, this was another sell-out event and just as similarly was preceded by that ‘buzz’. And not once did she falter.
Indeed, this was a tour-de-force of personality, presentation and intelligence, laced through with an irrepressible wit, and even a cheeky curtsy to begin.
Her first question to the audience “What do historians do all day?” was masterfully answered by a five-to-seven year old who said: “Go on tv shows”.
After that, it just got better.
Indeed, ‘live’ she sparked with all the voltage of a successful stand-up minus the heckling and spilled lager.
A superbly interactive 60 minutes of dressing up, over-eager acting, and huge, beaming smiles (a little like the charm of a nativity but without the baby to drop) I was so enjoying the theatrics and quips that I clean forgot the history lesson I was supposed to be learning - although I do know Anne Boleyn was in it…

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd