People in history

Discover some of the social history behind our places and uncover fascinating facts about the people who have lived in them

Agatha Christie and her family sat outside of their holiday home Greenway
Kitty Lloyd Jones

Great women gardeners 

From wealthy socialites to horticultural pioneers, journey through the gardens of time and discover seven of history's most inspirational women gardeners.

Portrait of Bess of Hardwick

The life of Bess of Hardwick 

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb re-examines the life of Bess of Hardwick, the second-most powerful woman in Elizabethan England as a new exhibition opens at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Remarkable women from our places 

Delve back into the past to discover the remarkable women who helped shape our places. Meet the political player who helped restore the monarchy, beloved children's authors and an acclaimed archaeologist.

Kirsty Wark stands in front of a suffragette statue

Our women's suffrage podcast series presented by Kirsty Wark 

In this five-part series we lift the lid on our archives to uncover the seldom-told stories of maids, mill-workers, politicians and even royalty, who fought and campaigned to help shape the world we live in today.

Visitors and a dog in the garden at Greenway

Walk in famous footsteps 

From pop-culture icons and authors to seafarers and scientists, take a walk in famous footsteps and get closer to the people who have shaped history.

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