Lucy Whitfield is a hands-on practitioner and research obsessive.
People and their stories are at the heart of everything that she does, whether that be introducing adults to their ordinary extraordinary female ancestors, educating school children about skills their forebears would have possessed, demonstrating medieval headdresses and hand spinning at a family open day, or teaching workshops on the sailor’s hornpipe at a folk festival.
She is the founder of The Women Who Made Me project, which researches and profiles ordinary extraordinary women across history and aims to inspire people to re-evaluate and reconnect with their female relatives, and her discoveries have been broadcast on BBC radio and exhibited in museums. She regularly talks to groups about her work, and displays at museums and history centres.
Lucy always says that she collects interesting women, both personally and professionally, and is usually knee deep in researching her latest discovery. She also has an archaeology degree, used to be a journalist, and once made a crop circle.
But that’s another story…