Dr Helen Rappaport

Dr Helen Rappaport


Dr Helen Rappaport is an internationally bestselling historian and author of  15 books specialising in the Victorian period and revolutionary Russia. These include Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy, and Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917. She is a frequent contributor to television documentaries, most recently Queen Victoria’s Children (2013) and Russia’s Lost Princesses (2014), both for BBC2, as well as programmes about Queen Victoria’s love of the Highlands, Mary Seacole, Rasputin and the Romanovs.

Helen Rappaport is a fluent Russian speaker and a specialist in Russian history and 19th century women’s history. Her great passion is to winkle out lost stories from the footnotes and to breathe new life and perspectives into old subjects.

Since the mid-70s Helen has also become well-known as a Russian translator in the theatre, working with British playwrights on new versions of Russian plays. She has translated all seven of Chekhov’s plays, including Ivanov for Tom Stoppard which was a critical success at the Donmar Season at Wyndham’s in 2008. She was also Russian consultant to the National Theatre’s Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. Helen’s 2017 book Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen is the official companion to the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS.

Helen recently filmed a two-part documentary The Romanovs for BBC 2. She is currently working on a documentary for Netflix on the Russian Revolution, in time to commemorate its 100th anniversary. She has also worked extensively in radio broadcasting, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Start The Week, and Today Program, to name a few, as well as on BBC 1’s The One Show and Channel 4’s Walking Through History.

Helen gives frequent lectures at regional literary festivals and at high profile public events, anywhere from the V&A and Kensington Palace to addressing Citigroup at Canary Wharf.

Helen Rappaport @HelenRappaport

I have't been to Tusheti but I did travel to the Caucasus mountains during a road trip in Georgia in 1999 and can vouch for the unspoilt and powerful beauty of this absolutely wonderful country.
Tourism rescues Omalo, Georgia, from oblivion – photo essay https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/nov/26/tourism-rescues-omalo-georgia-from-oblivion-photo-essay

Greenwich Observatory, Eric Ravilious, 1937. The original artwork is in the collection of @ltmuseum. #London

The Waterwheel, Eric Ravilious, 1938. It depicts a scene at Capel-y-ffin in #Wales. The original artwork is in the collection of @yGaer_Brecon.

This is seriously elaborate upholstery!

Achilles found in Rutland! https://ulasnews.com/2021/11/25/the-rutland-roman-villa/

This is fascinating and very clever!

🇷🇺В конце ноября 1716 г. Пётр I получил в качестве подарка драгоценные янтарные панно. Так начиналась #ЯнтарнаяКомната в #ЦарскоеСело.
🇬🇧In late November 1716, Tsar Peter the Great was presented with the precious amber panels, which later became the #AmberRoom of #TsarskoeSelo.

Edwardian ladies enjoying a day at the races in 1908.

The park at Pavlovsk looking beautiful and mournful in all its autumnal softness.

New Year Snow, Eric Ravilious, 1938. It depicts a scene at Capel-y-ffin, Powys in #Wales. The original artwork is in a private collection but appears to be on display at @TownerGallery.

Mountain path. Crimea, 1879 #realism #ivanshishkin

Rest. Portrait of Vera Repina, the Artist' s Wife., 1882 #ilyarepin #realism

Ohhhh ... https://twitter.com/tsarskoyeselo/status/1462763566583455750

The second picture is even more astonishing when you remember what the Germans did to #Warsaw the end of #WW2. https://twitter.com/DeZaklika/status/1462464112659734547

Beautiful Egyptian bronze head of a cat with amber eyes, c. 600 BCE. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen.


The wonderful wooden church of Shirkov Pogost in Tver province built 1697 and its modern day successor behind - like something out of a Russian book of fairytales

Calling 18thC art/costume experts.This painting of Juliane of Saxe Coburg/Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna of Russia has been attributed to Vigee-Lebrun but am sceptical - not accomplished enough & can't trace in VL sources. Think it dates to 1796 marriage:is it Russian court dress?

Interesting to see how the colour has faded so badly on the front of this gigantic kokoshnik, yet the vibrant original red remains on the back