Who we are


The founders of History Masterclass:

Historian, broadcaster and academic

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb MA, M.St., D.Phil. (Oxon), FRHistS is an historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning academic. She is is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow of the New College of the Humanities, London, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Suzannah holds a double First class degree in History and M.St. in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford, and a D.Phil. in History from Balliol College, Oxford, and was formerly Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace. Her research focuses on the sixteenth century, both on English and French history, and she is especially interested in the intersection of religious, gender, political, social, and psychological history.

Suzannah has presented historical documentaries on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 5, and her books include 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England, and The King is Dead! The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII. She writes a regular column for History Today that explores the role of history outside the academy.

Together with Dr Sam Willis, Suzannah is one of the founding directors of History Masterclass.

Historian, archaeologist and broadcaster

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster and one of the world’s leading authorities on maritime history. His work takes him on adventures all over the world. He has written more than ten books on maritime and naval history including the bestselling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and has presented numerous documentaries including The Silk Road; Weapons: Britain’s Armed History; Shipwrecks: Britain’s Sunken History; Castles: Britain’s Fortified History; Britain’s Outlaws and Nelson’s Caribbean Hell Hole. Sam is an Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Together with Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, Sam is one of the founding directors of History Masterclass.

For more information, please visit his website www.drsamwillis.com