This week, Dr. Radha Modgil will be discussing the healing power of heritage with three special guests.

Suzannah Lipscomb has endured a varied career. She is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Roehampton and she is a well-known as a broadcast historian too. She has written and presented a plethora of documentaries and series on channel 5, Netflix and the BBC and an award-winning podcast . Furthermore Suzannah is the author of five books, focusing on the sixteenth century. With Dr. Radha, she discusses how heritage can help maintain your mental health.

Our second guest, Desi Gradinarova, is the Senior Policy Adviser (Wellbeing & Inclusion) at Historic England and Historic Environment lead at NASP. Desi has a PhD in Medieval British History, has worked in education in secondary and further education, in media in Bulgaria, but now works in the Historic England Wellbeing team. NASP and Historic England work collaboratively to advance the concept and implementation of social prescribing on a national and local level. Desi is passionate about the ability of heritage to keep individuals and communities connected and empowered but recognises that people and organisations need support to help them unleash the benefit.

Thirdly, Katrina Gargett will join Dr. Radha. Katrina is the Community Engagement Office at the York Archaeological Trust and runs the Archaeology on Prescription project. The aim of this project is to improve wellbeing of the city of York’s residents through archaeology, help them foster new social connections, and build confidence through learning new skills. She will be discussing with Radha more about this amazing project.

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