Lucy Santos


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Photograph: Henry Harrison



Lucy is an expert in the history of twentieth-century leisure, health, and beauty with a particular interest - some might say obsession - in the cultural history of radioactivity. She has a BA in Egyptian Archaeology (UCL), an MA in Arts and Museum Management (University of Greenwich), a MRes in History (Goldsmiths, University of London) and is part way through a part time PhD entitled ‘Radiating Beauty: The use of radioactivity in health and beauty products in the early twentieth century.’ Lucy also has a diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing.

Lucy’s career began in private members’ clubs and she is now the Executive Secretary of the British Society for the History of Science and the Administrator for the Historical Writers’ Association. In the past, she has also worked as Secretary of the Authors’ Club and the Director of the Crime Writers’ Association. Lucy has worked for the Gourmet Society, where she was editor, and at The International Wine and Food Society. 

Lucy has appeared as an occasional contributor on TV and radio, and her historical research has been featured in a range of publications. As part of a performance group, Lucy provided educational services to heritage organisations and museums including demonstrations and reminiscence events. She is a member of The Society of Authors and a judge for the 2018 HWA Non-Fiction Crown.