14882312_10157614753575543_3192460026432178501_oRebecca is a regular public speaker and has given talks at the Guildhall Library, Rijksmuseum, Dr Johnson’s House, British Library, Royal Academy of Arts, TEDx Wandsworth, Museum of London, the National Maritime Museum and many popular book festivals.


Upcoming events

13/09/2018: Debauched Chester

19.00 – 21.00: St Michael’s Church, Chester

Romans, Vikings, Civil Wars. Think you know Chester’s history? Think again.

A secret history has been hiding in plain sight – and it is a history full of debauchery, depravity and passion. Journey into Chester’s underworld to discover a rogue’s gallery of quack doctors, publicans, brothel-keepers and law breakers. Using original research, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals Chester’s debauched history – from bawdy houses and love affairs to outbreaks of venereal disease and Chester’s most notorious characters.

Tickets: £12.50 (includes glass of wine)

large26/10/2018: The Anglo-Dutch Wars: Study Afternoon

13.00 – 16.30: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

To celebrate the opening of the new Tudor & Stuart Seafarers galleries at the Royal Museums Greenwich, Rebecca Rideal is hosting a special Masterclass exploring the 17th-century Anglo-Dutch Wars. The event consists of a lecture, a curator tour of the new gallery and a lively panel discussion.

Tickets: £10-£15

01/11/2018: Gunpowder Plot: Walking Tour

GUNPOWDER19.00 – 21.00: Meet Outside Traitor’s Gate, Tower of London

Journey into seventeenth-century London. Over the course of the tour, you will follow the trail of the Gunpowder conspirators across London to learn about the events that led to the infamous plot of 1605. You will discover more about Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and co., learn how the plot was foiled, how contemporaries reacted and understand its far-reaching consequences. It is November, so it will be cold. Wrap up warm.

Tickets: £15

Past Events

26/04/2018: To Kill a King

6pm, Guildhall Library – On Tuesday 30 January 1649, Charles I stepped onto a wooden scaffold outside Whitehall’s Banqueting House. In one stroke of the executioner’s axe, his head left his body. An anointed king had been executed as a traitor. From imprisonment and trial to execution and legacy, join historian Rebecca Rideal as she unravels one of the most important events in British history – the regicide of Charles I.
Includes wine reception.

Tickets – £8.13

24/05/2018: Stuarts and Fire

Cambridge Historical Association – My talk will explore the way fire – both imagined and real – shaped the Stuart dynasty.

More information here






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