Ruth Goodman (born 1963) is a British freelance historian of the early modern period, specialising in offering advice to museums and heritage attractions. She is a specialist in British social history and is a presenter of the BBC educational documentary series Victorian Farm, Victorian Pharmacy, Edwardian Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm, Wartime Farm and Full Steam Ahead. She also presented the 2005 series Tales from the Green Valley, and occasionally presents features for The One Show. She co-presented Secrets of the Castle in 2014.
She has been a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Shakespeare in Love. She is also a member of the Tudor Group, a re-enactment organisation for the Tudor period. As a result of her social history research, she has stopped using detergents in her washing machine, never eats factory farmed food and sometimes cooks on an open wood fire.
Goodman participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef.
In 2009, Goodman starred alongside Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn in Victorian Farm for BBC Documentary. The Following year Ruth also participated in the second part of that series called Victorian Pharmacy, where she researches many of the common medical practises of the time along with Nick Barber, professor at University of London School of Pharmacy, and Tom Quick.
In 2010, she teamed up once again with Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and participated in the Docu series Edwardian Farm.
On 18 July 2012, Goodman was awarded the Honorary Degree of "Doctor of the University" from Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, for her contribution to history education.
Goodman starred in "Wartime Farm" in autumn 2012. The series reenacted World War II farming initiatives to fill the gap for over 60 percent of food that was imported to the United Kingdom and was interrupted by wartime blockades.
In Autumn 2013 she starred in Tudor Monastery Farm, a factual BBC2 television series about farming during the Tudor period.
In 2014, she appeared in each episode of the Kew on a Plate four-part series, along with Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble.
In November and December 2014 Ruth Goodman appeared with Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold in the BBC Two television series Secrets of the Castle in the UK. This television series examined the techniques used by builders of castles in medieval Europe based on the experimental archaeology project at Guédelon Castle in France.
In 2015, she acted alongside presenter Fi Glover on the BBC documentary 24 Hours in the Past.
In July 2016 Ruth Goodman appeared in a new BBC series called Full Steam Ahead - How Railways Made Britain alongside Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands.
Ruth was born in Cardiff and is married to Tudor reenactor and musician Mark Goodman (who is featured in one episode of Tudor Monastery Farm). They have two daughters; Eve and Catherine. Eve has appeared regularly with her mother on television, and Catherine has made an appearance during Victorian Farm.How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life (2016). ISBN 9780241973714How to be a Victorian (2014). ISBN 9780670921362