18 March 2020 19:30
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Dr Kate Vigurs is a professional freelance historian whose PhD at the University of Leeds was entitled ‘The women agents of the Special Operations Executive F section – wartime realities and post war representations’. Her extensive research included interviewing agents, historians, actresses and script writers, as well as visiting France several times and undertaking an extensive tour of memorials to the women of F section including Ravensbrück and Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camps.
Kate also regularly appears on TV and radio, from the National news covering topics such as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, SOE, women in WWI, the land girls and Angela Merkel to local stories including VE day, D-day, the battle of Britain and many more. She has recently filmed a documentary for the Yesterday channel which will transmit later this year.
She is an associate research fellow at the University of Leeds and a tour guide for Anglia tours covering the Western Front battlefields, Berlin and Krakow/Auschwitz. Kate has undertaken consultancy work for the Army Museums Ogilby Trust and was academic advisor in the Yorkshire region for the BBC World War One at home series in 2014.
Kate also has her own historical interpretation company ‘History’s Maid’ and regularly produces scripts and performs for organisations such as English Heritage and Imperial War Museums, the most recent production being ‘Trains to life’ about the Kindertransport and based on eye witness accounts. History’s Maid cover a wide variety of historical periods and Kate’s interests encompass everything from the Romans to the Cold War but especially Medieval and WWI.