Royal Holloway Historian to feature in BBC ONE series

Dr. Anna Whitelock, lecture in Early Modern History, is to appear in a BBC ONE series presented by To the Manor Born actress Penelope Keith. The 4 part series – To the Manor Reborn – follows the restoration of Avebury Manor in Wiltshire.

The project is a collaboration between the BBC and the National Trust with the aim of giving viewers a window into five centuries of British history. The 15th century manor will have its interior fashioned into the style of a particular era of its history: Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century. The finished building will become what the National Trust have called an ‘immersive experience’, where visitors will be allowed to touch and interact with the house.

Dr. Whitelock is an expert on the series, working alongside architect Dan Cruickshank and interior designer Russell Sage. Her work on the series has involved a number of students from the Department of History’s MA Public History programme. One of the students commented: ‘Getting hands on experience on a high profile BBC One series has been a fantastic experience and more than I could have hoped for when I enrolled for the MA. Through Anna’s work on the programme she has introduced us to leading BBC producers and National Trust curators who have been really keen for us to be involved. I hope such contacts might open up career opportunities to me – it is certainly now on my CV!’

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