My name is Dr Owen Emmerson. I am a social and cultural historian currently working as Castle Historian and Assistant Curator at the stunning Hever Castle in Kent – Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. I completed my doctoral research at the University of Sussex. My first book, co-authored with the historian Claire Ridgway, is entitled ‘The Boleyns of Hever Castle’. My second book, co-authored with the historian Kate McCaffrey, is entitled “Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court” and it will be published on 4th March 2022.

I have appeared in a number of documentaries about the Tudor era, including “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” ( BBC2, 2021); “Who Do You Think You Are? Josh Widdicombe” (BBC1, 2021); “Walking Tudor England” (C5, 2021); “Jane Boleyn” (C5, 2021); “Henry VIII and the King’s Men” (Smithsonian, 2020). You can find find out more about the television work and podcasts that I have contributed to on my media page.


2015 – CHASE/ AHRC doctoral funding.

2014 – Beryl Williams History Prize for the best MA History dissertation.

2013 – Cate Haste MA scholarship.

2011 – Rose Prize for highest ranking History finalist.                    

2011 – John Lowerson Prize for best History dissertation

"Remember me when you do pray,
that hope doth lead from day to day." - Anne Boleyn