Lauren Johnson is a historian and costumed interpreter with a first-class degree from Oxford University.
Her history of the year 1509, So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII, was published recently by Head of Zeus. It explores the fascinating details of early Tudor daily life and the ritual year, alongside the enthralling political intrigues of Henry VIII’s court in his first twelve months as king.
Lauren has appeared on Channel 4, BBC4, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Somerset. She was also featured in Stylist magazine, discussing her work as a costumed interpreter.
Lauren is co-founder of Untold, a theatre company that creates ensemble-driven devised work and new writing to tell stories that have been marginalised in history and the modern day. Her first play, Lady Unknown, explores the life and work of Victorian philanthropist Angela Burdett Coutts.
Sharing her passion for history with tens of thousands of visitors, Lauren has worked in live costumed interpretation since 2008, based at major heritage sites including the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. This gives her a unique insight into the historical worlds of her books and enables her to practise storytelling on every scale, from the most intimate one-to-one interaction to performing for vast crowds in the busiest tourist site in the UK.
She has also worked with Historic Royal Palaces, the charity who administer Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Hillsborough Castle, chairing historical debates and creating on-site digital missions for families and schools.
Lauren is always eager to hear about new historical or writing projects