Ruth Goodman (historian)
Ruth Ellen Goodman (born 5 October 1963) is a British freelance historian of the early modern period, specialising in offering advice to museums and heritage attractions. 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 and Full Steam Ahead. She also presented the 2005 series Tales from the Green Valley, and occasionally presents features for The One Show. She co-presented Secrets of the Castle in 2014.
|Born||5 October 1963|
|Occupation||BBC Presenter, Historian|
|Notable work||BBC documentaries, advisor to the Victoria & Albert Museum|
She has been a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the film Shakespeare in Love. She is a member of the Tudor Group, a re-enactment organisation for the Tudor period. 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.
Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef.
From 2005 to 2014, Goodman participated in all six of the BBC Historic Farms series.
Since 2015, Goodman has presented segments within the BBC television series Inside the Factory.
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.
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