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It is with great pleasure that we present the third in our series of inspiring ‘virtual’ Beyond Curated experiences.

Take a journey with us, behind the scenes at The Tower of London, celebrating Anne Boleyn, The Crown Jewels, The Tower Ravens and more…….
19th May 2020 - 14:00 (BST)

In normal times, we would be inviting guests to enjoy our exclusive private experiences, including visits to enchanting Historic Royal Palaces with experts insights, master classes, private fine dining and magical surprising elements.  However, as lock-down continues we are delighted to bring our audience the opportunity to experience our world, bringing you light-hearted and uplifting insights and a little joy to your day. Our speakers include renowned author and historian Alison Weir and the charismatic Raven Master, Christopher Skaife.  Discover our speakers below.

We aim to offer rare glimpses behind the scenes in this unique webinar, and invite you to support the iconic landmarks that make up Historic Royal Palaces by clicking on the link below and donating what you can to help this amazing organisation through these challenging times:  Donate Today

Their role in bringing us inspiration, education, joy and truly unforgettable memories is so valued by us at Beyond Curated that we wanted go show our appreciation with this showcase and are so grateful to welcome truly outstanding guest speakers to this event.


The Tower of London and The Crown Jewels, housed within the fortress, are two of our favourite themes and the depth of their historic significance is endlessly enchanting.  They will be central to this session together with further Tudor themed insights, on this most auspicious of dates, the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution. 

We’ll examine her downfall and why she continues to intrigue us to this day.  We’ll enjoy a wonderful live performance from a renowned mezzo soprano, and our esteemed speakers will share some of their vast knowledge with us, in what promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.

The session will be chaired by Linda Hugo, founder and director of Beyond Curated.
Be immersed in the atmosphere and magic as we step behind the Tower walls, be dazzled by the Crown Jewels, discover things you never knew about Anne Boleyn, savour beautiful live music and meet The Raven Master!

Meeting ID: 876 7053 2743
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About our speakers and performers:

Alison Weir - 
Author and Historian

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth-bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. She has published nineteen history books, including her most recent non-fiction book, Queens of the Conquest, the first in her England’s Medieval Queens quartet. Alison has also published ten historical novels. 

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen is Alison Weir’s latest novel and the fifth in the Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, which was launched in 2016 to great critical acclaim. The earlier books in the series – Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen and Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets were all Sunday Times bestsellers. 

Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

For further information, please visit Alison’s websites at and

Phoebe Haines -
Mezzo Soprano

Phoebe Haines is an award-winning Mezzo Soprano hailed as ‘extraordinary’ (The Times), ‘impressive’ (The Los Angeles Times), and ‘opulent’ (Sunday Times Culture). Phoebe studied at the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Music, and The Guildhall School, before apprenticing with companies including the Salzburg Festival, Austria, and the English National Opera in London.
Phoebe has performed in 32 countries to date, and the list continues to grow. In 2021, Phoebe looks forward to an international tour alongside French pianist, Stephanie Elbaz, and debuts as Carmen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in July.

Siobhan Clarke -
Lecturer and Historian

Siobhan Clarke has been a Guide Lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces for 20 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace.  She delivers lectures on Hampton Court, The Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. Her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, travel companies and corporate visitors.

Siobhan has lectured for Cunard, Crystal and Viking cruise lines, the National Trust, the British Museum and the U3A. She has featured on BBC Radio Women's Hour and Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace. She has published two books: A Tudor Christmas, in collaboration with Alison Weir, (Jonathan Cape, 2018) and The Tudors: The Crown, The Dynasty, The Golden Age with Linda Collins (Andre Deutsch, 2019).

For further information please visit

Christopher Skaife -
Yeoman Warder and Raven Master at The Tower of London

Chris has a highly infectious passion for all things historic. His humorous style and eccentricity makes him a fascinating character. Chris says he has a degree in life and brings together his passion for history and life skills in a way that you cannot help but be captivated.

Chris is currently enjoying his role as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and has held this prestigious job since 2005. Since starting this role, he has become the Tower of London’s famous Raven Master, looking after and caring for the iconic Birds. 
His autobiography, The Raven Master, has sold millions of copies the world over, enchanting audiences with his incredible insights and unique relationship with the iconic ravens.

Nivek Amichund -
Chief Exhibitor and Chief Warden, HRP Tower of London

Starting his career in the sector with a security agency, Nivek has worked at Tate, V&A, British Museum, RA, National Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Barbican and Crafts Council. He was a founding member of Tate Forum, a youth-led peer advisory group now called Tate Collective. Nivek has worked in his current role at the Tower since 2015. He is the first person of BAME background in history to become a resident at the Tower as Head of Household. 

Nivek is a Trustee at Oxford House in Bethnal Green. He spends his time living at the Tower with his wife Kristy, daughter Erin and French Bulldog Buddy. Being a father to Erin matters the most to Nivek because he comes from what he describes as a troubled upbringing. He knows how important it is to have parental support and often works with young people that are considered "hard to reach" as a mentor and coach. It gives Nivek hope to know that adversity can be overcome with persistence, courage and perseverance. 

If you have registered to join us, thank you! 
Simply click the button below to enter the session.

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We look forward to welcoming you.

19th May 2020 - 14:00 (BST)
Meeting ID: 876 7053 2743
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