Helen Rappaport Radio TV & Lectures


Helen conducting a radio interview at the National Portrait Gallery unveiling of Albert Challen's Mary Seacole portrait


BBC1 Breakfast TV: on the pacifist response of women to the 9/11 attack, September 2001

Channel 4 TV: talking head on The Real Angel of the Crimea,

a drama-documentary on Mary Seacole, June 2005

Watch again:  www.youtube.com

Interviews on BBC TV London and Meridian about the Seacole portrait, January 2005

The Mystery Files: episodes on the Romanovs and Rasputin, National Geographic/Cable UK and USA, broadcast 2010

Russia Today TV: on the murder of the Romanovs

Watch again at: www.rt.com

I x10-minute video loop at the Florence Nightingale Museum, London, talking about Mary Seacole and her nursing in the Crimean War: www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

Sky Atlantic The British

Talking on Victorian Britain in episodes 5 and 6, broadcast October 2012

BBC2 Queen Victoria’s Children

A 3-part series broadcast  January 2013,

BBC2 The Genius of Invention

Episode 4, on the birth of photography, Spring 2013

BBC2  Lucy Worsley series  Fit to Rule  Spring 2013

To hear Helen talking about Victoria and Albert in a Historic Royal Palaces podcast, go to:  www.hrp.org.uk

BBC4  Tales of the Royal Bedchamber, 5 August 2013



BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Women Humanitarians: Women Who Made a Difference: 6-part series, broadcast between November 2001 and April 2002.  

Listen again:

Programme 1  Anti-slavery  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Programme 2  Prison Reform  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Programme 3  Pacifism  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Programme 4  Birth control   www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Programme 5  Workhouse reform  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Programme 6  Child rescue  www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

• On Mary Seacole and my discovery of her lost portrait,

January 2005

• On Women in the Crimean War, April 2007

• On the death of Prince Albert, December 2012

On my book Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917     www.bbc.co.uk/programmes  scroll forward 19.25 minutes

BBC Radio 4: Start the Week

• On my book Ekaterinburg and the murder of the Romanovs,

May 2008

BBC Radio 4: Peter Snow’s Random Edition

• Special episode on Prince Albert, broadcast on the 150th anniversary, 14 December 20011

BBC Radio 4: Today Programme

• Discussion on women historians, 2010

BBC Radio 4: The Art of Monarchy

• On various topics relating to Victoria and Albert, episodes 1, 5,

6 and 8, broadcast February–March 2012

Listen again:  www.bbc.co.uk

BBC Radio 2 :Celebrating the Royal Albert Hall:

• On Prince Albert, broadcast 1 November 2011

BBC Radio London: The Robert Elms Show

• On my book Beautiful For Ever, March 2010

• On my book Magnificent Obsession, December 2012

Plus numerous interviews on Victorian and Russian history for BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Berkshire; BBC Russia Service; RTE Ireland; Radio Liberty Russia,  Talk Radio Europe, ABC Australia,  and various US regional radio stations.

Helen with the portrait of Mary Seacole at the National Portrait Gallery unveiling




BBC2  Historical Consultant and talking head on 2-part documentary 'Russia's  Lost Princesses'  based in my book

Four Sisters,  August 2014

CHANNEL 4  Talking head on 'Victoria and Albert's Highland Fling', in Tony Robinson's series Walking Through History, November 2014

CHANNEL 5 talking head on documentary 'The Last Days of Rasputin', April 2015.

BBC1 Talking about Mary Seacole in a filmed feature for

The One Show, June 2016

ITV Historical Consultant on the 8-part series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman  September–October 2016

ITV Talking head in documentary ‘In the Shadow of Mary Seacole’  October 2016


Talking head on the murder of the Romanovs at Ekaterinburg in documentary series ‘Royal Murders’ for UKTV, Spring 2017


Keynote speaker at major press, radio and TV launch at the National Portrait Gallery on 5 January 2005, for the unveiling of the Mary Seacole portrait by A C Challen that I discovered and loaned to them.




I have also given talks at the following venues:

Guest lecturer on Saga cruises: Black Sea 2008, Baltic 2010, Black Sea 2013

Guest lecturer for the Royal Oak Foundation’s Spring Lecture Season in the USA, April–May 2015.

Helen presented a powerpoint lecture on ‘Queen Victoria, Russia and the Romanovs’ at venues in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and New Orleans.

Special lecture on The Romanov Sisters for Chicago Public Library, May 2016.

Powerpoint author talks at many major and regional literature festivals including Althorp, Appledore, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Fowey, Hay, Knutsford, Litchfield, Morley, Oxford, Port Eliot, Scarborough, Sherbourne, Ways with Words Dartington, Words by the Water Keswick, Yeovil.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Wallace Colllection

Dulwich Picture Gallery

GB-Russia society

Kensington Palace

National Portrait Gallery

Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas’s Hospital

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

The National Archives

Citigroup, Canary Wharf

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

St Antony’s College, Oxford

Regional Branches of NADFAS

Regional branches of U3A

Public Schools: Wellington College, Radley and Tonbridge

14/4 Literary Dinner at Windsor

Friends of Northampton Museum

The Royal Weekend, Ticehurst

Victorian Studies Conference, University of Southampton

The Future of Biography Conference, University of Southampton