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Highgate Cemetery Chapel 

Victorian Freak Shows

April  2024

Local History Cafe Online

The Wonders

May 2020

Historians at Home

What do Historians do?

March 2020

The Old Operating Theatre 

Wonder Flesh

February 2020

King Alfred School

The Weird and the Wonderful

November 2019

Islington Museum

Freak Shows, Circuses and Music Halls

September 2019

International Screenwriters Association

In Conversation with Dr. John Woolf

September 2017

Downing College, University of Cambridge

Life as a Freelancer

January 2015

Goldsmiths' Graduate Conference

The 'Real' Tom Thumb

May 2013

Lancaster Royal Grammar School 

Victorian Freak Shows

May 2020

British Music Hall Society

Freak Shows and Music Halls

March 2020

Southwark Cathedral 

Freak Show Entertainment

February 2020

Inside History Live

The Wonders!!

November 2019

Highgate School

The History of the Freak Show

October 2019

Quintessentially Education, China

Accessing Higher Education

July 2019


Dwarfism in Art - Expert Interviewee

August 2017 (Aired 2018)

GH@10 Conference, University of London

Constructing Julia Pastrana, The Baboon Lady

November 2014


John Woolf.

Dr Woolf has a breadth of teaching experience: he has taught History and International Politics to Undergraduates and Graduates around London; he has worked as a Seminar Tutor on the University of London's  'Dictators, Wars and Revolutions' course.


Dr Woolf currently works part time as a Tutor at Latymer Upper School and as a Professor at HULT International Business School.  Additionally, he sits as an LEA School Governor at St Mary's Primary School, Islington.

In the past, he has  lived in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Shimla, India, teaching TEFL to Buddhist monks aged ten to sixty.



  • Tony Lothian Award, Biographers' Club

  • AudioFile Earphones Award

  • CHASE AHRC Doctoral Scholarship 

  • Departmental Doctorial Scholarship, Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Richmond Scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge

  • Gamlingay Scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge 

  • Public Engagement Commendation, Goldsmiths, University of London 

  • Research Grant Award, CHASE and Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Becoming a Public Intellectual, The Open University

  • Buchanan History Prize for Academic Excellence, University of Cambridge

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