author • historian • TV & radio contributor • researcher • storyteller • costumed interpreter • workshop facilitator • heritage consultant
Lauren holds a Double First in History and Masters in Medieval Historical Research from Oxford University.
Her second book So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII explores the year 1509 and is published by Head of Zeus (2016). Dan Jones has described it as ‘a gripping and important work from a very talented new writer.’
Lauren has written for BBC History Magazine, History Today and Open Democracy. She has contributed to History documentaries by the BBC and Channel 4, as well as discussing historical topics on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset.
Women’s History is a particular passion of Lauren’s, and she strives to incorporate women’s stories into our wider historical narrative. Her Masters explored the impact of the Wars of the Roses on women. She is co-founder of Untold, a theatre company that combines tales from a sometimes forgotten past with those still marginalized or silenced in the present day. She also edits History Riot, a multimedia blog exploring women in history, and how their stories are told through heritage interpretation, literature and the media.
For Historic Royal Palaces and the costumed interpretation company Past Pleasures, Lauren has worked as a researcher, writer and event director at sites including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Dover Castle. In her role as Research Manager for Past Pleasures Lauren provided training in live costumed interpretation and research for a large team of interpreters on topics as diverse as Magna Carta, Henry VIII’s court life and Dickensian Christmases.
To find out more about costumed interpretation, check out Lauren's interview with Stylist magazine.
Photo Credits: 3rd Photo - Joe Martin at moemario.com
Researching & writing digital missions for families at the Tower of London:
What a gem Lauren was to work with on the digital missions! She brought huge amounts of knowledge, a trove of ideas and, best of all, lots of enthusiasm. We'd happily have her in to work with us time and time again.
Katherine Bigg, Multichannel Producer
Chairing the talk, Anne Boleyn: Her Life in the Shadow of the Tower, for Historic Royal Palaces:
Thank you for chairing our event with poise, knowledge, and humour. We’d be delighted to work with Lauren again in the future.’
Susie Thornberry, Learning Producer for the Events & Partnerships Team, Historic Royal Palaces
An amazing night at the Tower... and a terrific MC!
Lauren MacKay, author of Inside the Tudor Court.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb
History & Storytelling workshop at Abbeywood School, Bristol:
It was a great opportunity and Lauren was a fantastic teacher. Lauren helped us develop stories rooted in historical fact and helped everyone. It was an amazing day and I hope we get to experience something like it again.
Students at Abbeywood.
What a fantastic experience for our year 9 students, who spent the day combining their love of history with a passion for drama and creative writing. It was inspiring to see them draw on new and previous knowledge to create new ideas. Lauren was brilliant with our students and we would thoroughly recommend the workshop to other schools.
Laura Storey, teacher at Abbeywood.