Fern Riddell is a cultural historian who specialises in entertainment, sex, and the working class in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Currently reading for her PhD at King’s College, London (due for completion in early 2014), she obtained her BA degree and Masters in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is dedicated to getting unique historical stories into the widest possible arena, through projects that combine multiple media platforms, and are exciting and entertaining, as well as educational.
She has appeared on BBC Coast (Series 8, Episode 2), Radio 3 (Matthew Sweet’s ‘Chaplin and Music’, December 2012), ITV’s ‘Secrets of The Workhouse’, and most recently on BBC Radio 4’s series ‘British Conservatism: The Grand Tour’
A graduate of The BBC Academy’s ‘Expert Women’ programme, Fern has also been selected as one of the 10 AHRC/BBC Radio 3’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ for 2013, and will spend the next year contributing and appearing on Radio 3’s ‘Nightwaves’ programme. Her first piece, a call for greater examination of the militant suffragette violence, can be heard online.
As a contributor to the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, the web-based supplement of the top academic journal in her field, she writes and films “Shooting the Victorians” a vlog series exploring how the nineteenth century is represented in films, TV, radio and literature. She also has an active twitter and blogging platform, and has just completed her first book ‘A Victorian Guide to Sex’, for Pen and Sword Books Ltd. This takes a light-hearted look at the sexual ideas and advice that helped to build an empire – from sex dolls to suffragettes – and is due out in 2014. Fern is represented by Donald Winchester, of Watson, Little Ltd and Mel Hales of Rush Talent.