Q: What is your favourite historical place in Britain?
A: It’s hard to choose, but one of the most striking places is Victory, now undergoing a £16m refit. It’s almost impossible to understand the lives of Nelson and his sailors until you’ve been on there – and seen how cramped their quarters were.
Q: What is your favourite historical place overseas?
A: I love Josephine Bonaparte’s house, Malmaison, just outside Paris. Josephine created an incredible garden, full of plants from Napoleon’s conquered realms, and a menagerie: black swans from Australia, a flock of merino sheep from the king of Spain, and her own personal Orangutan, who delighted the guests by eating turnips at the table.
Q: Where would you most like to visit?
A: After university, I promised myself I would do two things: write a book, and travel to South America. The second I haven’t managed yet, but I’m planning. I loved the British Museum exhibition on Colombia – I’ll get there one day!