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What is History, Now? with Helen Carr & Suzannah Lipscomb

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What is History, Now? is a ground-breaking new collection addressing the burning issue of how we interpret history today. Which stories are told and by whom, who should be celebrated, and what needs to be rewritten are questions that have been at the forefront of current conversation, and are at the centre of this book. Join the book’s authors - historian Helen Carr and Professor Suzannah Lipscomb - for an evening of conversation about the history book we need NOW. Chaired by Fred Oxby.


Helen Carr is a medieval historian, producer and the granddaughter of E.H. Carr. She has produced history documentaries for BBC, SkyArts, Discovery, CNN and HistoryHit TV and has previously worked in radio for BBC Radio4’s weekly programme In Our Time. Helen holds an undergraduate degree in History of Art from the University of York and a Masters in Medieval History from the University of Reading. She is currently working on a PhD in history at Queen Mary University London.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical History, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the sixteenth century and has written and hosted over 40 hours of historical documentaries for TV.


Fred Oxby is Head of History at Wales High School in Rotherham a professional associate at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED) at Leeds Beckett University.

Fred is also a founding member of TIG, a Sheffield-based reading and activism group where classroom teachers work together to bring contemporary academic work into everyday primary and secondary school practice.

Part of our 2022 festival strand


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