Currently researching a number of servants at the early Georgian court in preparation for a group biography
Lucy Worsley is the Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces leading the sixteen members of the curatorial team responsible for the presentation of Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, The Banqueting House, Whitehall, and Kew Palace to Historic Royal Palaces' visitors. Prior to this appointment in 2003 she was the Major Projects and Research Manager for Glasgow Museums (2002-3) and an Inspector of Historic Buildings responsible for the conservation, presentation and interpretation of English Heritage's historic properties in the East Midlands region, concentrating on Renaissance great houses (1996 to 2002).
She graduated from New College, Oxford University in 1995 with a first class BA (Hons) in Ancient and Modern History and was awarded a D.Phil in 2001 from the University of Sussex for her art historical thesis on The Architectural Patronage of William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle, 1593-1676. Her research focuses on historic houses, architectural patronage and issues of heritage presentation and interpretation. She has lectured and published widely on these areas. including The Royal Palaces of London; Cavalier: a Tale of Chivalry, Passion and Great Houses and Hampton Court Palace: The Official Illustrated History.
Appointed a Visiting Professor at Kingston University in 2005, Lucy Worsley was elected a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London in the same year and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
She is currently co-supervisor of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship Award on the history of Hampton Court Palace as a visitor attraction, Re-inventions: Hampton Court Palace and its Publics (1838-1992).