Ruth Goodman

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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 after presenting the 2005 television series Tales from the Green Valley,[3][4] went on to participate in several BBC historic farm series. She occasionally presents features for The One Show, and she co-presented Secrets of the Castle in 2014, and 24 Hours in the Past (2015).

Ruth Goodman
Born (1963-10-05) 5 October 1963 (age 58)
OccupationBBC presenter, historian
Notable work
BBC documentaries, advisor to the Victoria & Albert Museum

Early lifeEdit

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


Goodman 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.[5][6] 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]

Since participating in Tales of the Green Valley in 2005, she has been a presenter on the BBC television educational documentary series Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm, Wartime Farm,[7] Wartime Farm Christmas, Secrets of the Castle, and Full Steam Ahead. Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef. Since 2015, Goodman has presented segments within the BBC television series Inside the Factory.

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Tudor reenactor and musician Mark Goodman[citation needed] (who is featured in one episode of Tudor Monastery Farm).

Goodman was awarded an honorary degree in 2012 by Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, for her contribution to history education.[8]


  • How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life (2016). ISBN 9780241973714
  • How to be a Victorian (2014). ISBN 9780670921362
  • How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England: A Guide for Knaves, Fools, Harlots, Cuckolds, Drunkards, Liars, Thieves, and Braggarts (2018). ISBN 9781782438496
  • How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain (2018). ISBN 9781782438526
  • The Domestic Revolution: How the Introduction of Coal into Victorian Homes Changed Everything (2020). ISBN 9781631497636


  1. ^ Radford, Ceri (5 November 2010). "Tough but tranquil: life on the BBC's Edwardian farm". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ Companies House Archived 27 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ Lane, Megan (19 August 2005). "Lessons from our ancestors about the countryside". BBC News Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Live your life in Tudor times". Derby Telegraph. 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  6. ^ Siano, Joseph (14 June 1998). "Q & A: Tudor Tour". New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Victorian Christmas". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  8. ^ "TV star to join BG graduation". Bishop Grosseteste University. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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