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

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


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; and he currently works part time as a Peripatetic Tutor at Latymer Upper School. He predominantly teaches GCSE and A-Level History and Government & Politics while also assisting students with Oxbridge applications. 

He is currently an LEA School Governor at St Mary's Primary School, Islington, sitting on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.

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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