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Ruth Ellen Goodman (born 5 October 1963[1][2]) is a British freelance historian of the early modern period, specialising in offering advice to museums and heritage attractions.[3] She is a specialist in British social history and is a presenter of the BBC television educational documentary series Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm, Wartime Farm[4] and Full Steam Ahead. She also presented the 2005 series Tales from the Green Valley,[3][5] and occasionally presents features for The One Show. She co-presented Secrets of the Castle in 2014.

Ruth Goodman
Born (1963-10-05) October 5, 1963 (age 54)
Occupation BBC Presenter, Historian
Notable work BBC documentaries, advisor to the Victoria & Albert Museum
Children 2


Early lifeEdit

She was born in Cardiff and went to Fearnhill School in Letchworth.


She has been a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the film Shakespeare in Love.[3] She is a member of the Tudor Group, a re-enactment organisation for the Tudor period.[6][7] As a result of her social history research, she has stopped using detergents in her washing machine, never eats factory farmed food and sometimes cooks on an open wood fire.[3]

Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef.

From 2005 to 2014, Goodman participated in all six of the BBC Historic Farms series.

Personal lifeEdit

Ruth is married to Tudor reenactor and musician Mark Goodman (who is featured in one episode of Tudor Monastery Farm). They have two daughters: Eve and Catherine. Eve has appeared regularly with her mother on television, and Catherine made an appearance during Victorian Farm. They live in Quainton, Buckinghamshire, home of the former Quainton Road railway station.

On 18 July 2012, Goodman was awarded the Honorary Degree of "Doctor of the University" from Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, for her contribution to history education.



  1. ^ Radford, Ceri (5 November 2010). "Tough but tranquil: life on the BBC's Edwardian farm". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  2. ^ Companies House
  3. ^ a b c d Ford, Matt (4 October 2008). "The good old days of back-breaking labour". Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Victorian Christmas". BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Lane, Megan (19 August 2005). "Lessons from our ancestors about the countryside". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Live your life in Tudor times". Derby Telegraph. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Siano, Joseph (14 June 1998). "Q & A: Tudor Tour". New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 

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