St Peter's School
There was a real buzz amongst historians of all ages in York as word spread on twitter that public historian and TV’s ‘Horrible Histories’ expert Greg Jenner was coming to St Peter’s. On the night, we had a full hall to hear from Greg about ‘Dead Famous’. He traced the history of celebrity from the bronze age to the silver screen, helping us work out what it was & how the beginnings of mass communication had quickly helped a disparate range of people become celebrities. One Greg told us about was Bill Richmond, a Black American-born British boxer, born a slave in New York who lived much of his life here in York at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Greg is a historian who uses pop culture to communicate history. He has worked on eight series of CBBC’s award-winning ‘Horrible Histories’ and the film ‘Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans’. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London, and also teaches occasionally at the University of York.
Ben Fuller, co-ordinator of the public lecture programme at St Peter’s School, said: ‘Our public lecture programme continues to attract high profile individuals thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many people at St Peter’s School and our partners, including Fox Lane Books. We are thrilled to welcome Greg to St Peter’s School as he’s at the cutting edge of communicating history and has drawn in a whole new generation of historians.’