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Lucy Worsley

chief curator, Historic Royal Palaces

Lucy Worsley was born in Reading, studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and later recieved a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex. Her first job after leaving college was at a historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Soon after that she moved at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, in the job of administrator of the Wind and Watermills Section. Here Lucy helped to organise that celebrated media extravaganza, National Mills Day. Worsley departed for English Heritage in 1997, first as an Assistant Inspector and then as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings; Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Old Hall, and Kirby Hall. In 2002 she made a brief excursion to Glasgow Museums before coming down to London as Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in 2003.