April 2017 saw the release of a new documentary-length film about Gertrude Bell, Letters from Baghdad featuring remarkable footage and recreations of Bell’s life from her correspondence and photography. Helen Berry joined the film’s Directors, Sabine Krayenbuhl and Zeva Oelbaum, diplomats and politicians from the Middle East for a round-table discussion of Bell’s life and legacy with a public audience of 200 at the Royal United Services Institute, London. View a trailer for ‘Letters from Baghdad’ narrated by actor Tilda Swinton here, and a video of the panel debate.
Click here to listen to Helen Berry’s ‘Insights’ public lecture at Newcastle University (February 2016) on ‘Gertrude Bell and the ‘Woman Question’, including fascinating examples of photography from the Gertrude Bell Archive.
This lecture was in association with ‘The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell’, a blockbuster exhibition at the Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne (January-May 2016).
Colm Toibin’s Ravishing: the Sex Lives of Castrati features Helen Berry’s work on the castrato Tenducci in this month’s London Review of Books – read it here
View unseen footage of Helen Berry in conversation with Frances de la Tour from Who Do You Think You Are? here
The BBC One Inside/Out feature on Gertrude Bell presented by Professor Helen Berry is now available on YouTube – click here
If Mrs Thatcher thought she was living again through Victorian England, we are now living through the eighteenth century. This special edition of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking series explores London as the centre of the world then and now, financial bubbles bursting then and now, and the lust for consumption then and now, whether of bodies or bodices.
Listen to historian Helen Berry in conversation with chairman Philip Dodd, the MP and author Kwasi Kwarteng, historians Jerry White and AN Wilson, and playwright April De Angelis for a discussion which was part of BBC Radio 3’s eighteenth century season of programming
Free Thinking Listen Again.
Listen here to Helen Berry talk about the history of shoplifting as part of Amanda Vickery’s new series, Voices from the Old Bailey on BBC Radio 4. 9am, Thursday 28th August, 2014
Helen Berry discusses the riotous world of Georgian politics with Amanda Foreman (author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire) in two programmes for BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04brjmj
A review of The Castrato and His Wife in the Wall Street Journal has sparked a row among readers over the Catholic Church’s involvement in the castration of boys for church choirs. Read more