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 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).

King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship (The History Press, 2021)

Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship (The History Press, 2022)


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. She delivers lectures on the palaces of Hampton Court, Kensington, Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall. Her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, travel companies and corporate visitors. She is also an accredited lecturer with the Arts Society.


Siobhan has lectured abroad for Cunard, Crystal and Viking cruise lines and, within the UK, for the National Trust, the Arts Society, the Smithsonian, 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).

King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship (The History Press, 2021)

Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship (The History Press, 2022)



Jackie Clemson

Jackie holds a BA Hons degree in History and Sociology from Liverpool University.  She was a Social Worker in the UK and abroad with the armed services in Germany and Cyprus and has travelled the world.  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.

Jackie 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 20 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.


Sarah Slater


Sarah lives in Surrey with her family, based just outside the M25. After 23 years in a fulfilling career within the Retail Banking Sector, Sarah decided that she wanted to spend more time with her young children and, having always had a passion for Art and History, she moved sectors into Heritage.  She joined Historic Royal Palaces in 2008, as a State Apartment Warder and Guide at Hampton Court. Taking exams through the Open University and training as a Guide Lecturer, Sarah gained her White Badge as an Affiliate of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She is qualified to lead tours at Hampton Court either in historical costume or in business attire.  

Sarah has a passion for the palace, so much so that she could talk about the history, art and architecture all day, but she has a particular interest in the past human stories of those who have lived and worked within the palace walls.

Sarah’s knowledge is far reaching but she particularly enjoys tailoring her tours to fit with each client's particular interests and needs. If there is a topic you would like to focus on, or learn more about, please contact us so that we can discuss your requirements and what Sarah can offer.


Sarah enjoys theatre and belongs to Runnymede Drama Group, where she perfoms in productions and assists in the costume department. She is is also a founding member of Ottershaw Night Owls Women’s Institute.

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