The History Guides Walks, talks and lectures
The History GuidesWalks, talks and lectures


Linda Collins


Linda has a first degree in Early Italian Art, a Masters degree in the History of Art and a diploma in French language and culture. She was employed by the Historic Royal Palaces for more than 20 years before becoming an independent lecturer and lecture organiser.


Linda is an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society and a member of the Association of Art Historians.  She has travelled the globe on lecture tours in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

She speaks regularly to members of the National Trust, U3A and various universities both at home and abroad and regularly leads walking lectures at Hampton Court Palace, The National Gallery and Tate Modern. She has spoken on several radio programmes and has appeared in PBS Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court.


Published work: Just a moment, I’ll get my diary…Affectionate memoirs of a NADFAS Lecturer. (Ace digital publications, 2012) and The Tudors: The Crown, The Dynasty, The Golden Age (Andre Deutsch, 2019).



Siobhan Clarke


Siobhan has a BA in Modern History and a Teaching Certificate. She has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 20 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace, where she trained as a Costumed Interpreter before becoming an HRP Guide Lecturer. As well as specialising in 16th century dress, she delivers lectures on Hampton Court, The Tower of London and the Banqueting House. Her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, travel companies and corporate visitors.


Siobhan has lectured abroad for Cunard, Crystal and Viking cruise lines and, within the UK, for the National Trust, the Arts Society, the British Museum and the U3A. She works with best-selling historian, Alison Weir, on tours and events and has featured on BBC Radio Women's Hour and Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court.


Published work: A Tudor Christmas. with Alison Weir. (Jonathan Cape, 2018)

The Tudors: The Crown, The Dynasty, The Golden Age with Linda Collins. (Andre Deutsch, 2019).



Jackie Clemson

Jackie has a BA Hons degree in History and Sociology. She was a Social Worker in the UK and abroad, with the armed services in Germany and Cyprus, and has travelled the world extensively. For the past 20 years she has worked in the heritage industry, in the Royal Household at Windsor Castle, and as a Guide Lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces. 


Jackie has specialised in walking tours of London, as well as the gardens and palace of Hampton Court, and is accredited by the City of London University and Institute of Tourist Guides for: City of London, City of Westminster, Clerkenwell & Islington. She delivers illustrated Lectures on HM Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and many different aspects of London. She lectures for cruise lines and, within the UK, for the U3A, National Trust and many other societies.

Vanda Nadolny


Vanda has a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Costume Design, an MA in Art History and a City and Guilds in Painting and Frame Restoration. Her association with Hampton Court Palace began 16 years ago, working in object conservation and then completing an internship at their world-renowned Textile conservation studio.


Vanda is a Guide Lecturer at Hampton Court and, as an art practitioner, she also teaches painting and art appreciation.


Sophie Jones


Graduating with a BA Hons in English Literature and Linguistics, Sophie realised her true calling in history in 2007, becoming a volunteer for Historic Royal Palaces, based at Hampton Court Palace. She became an associate of the Institute of Guide Lecturers in 2012, and delivers tours to a wide range of audiences, from children to Members of Parliament, at Hampton Court and the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

Sophie also specialises in the Georgian era, offering tours of Kew Palace, its adjoining Royal Kitchens, and Queen Charlottes Cottage, all of which are situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She has worked as a tour guide for the renowned historian Alison Weir. Her career is nothing if not diverse, ranging from devising historically themed birthday parties for children, to bringing a Victorian artist to life as part of a television documentary!

Since 2015, she has also been writing and teaching educational sessions for school groups visiting Windsor Castle, working to bring history to life for both able bodied and disabled children.

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