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UCL Professor's work major influence in media projects to mark St Petersburg's 300th anniversary

16 June 2003

Professor Lindsey Hughes, Director of UCL's Centre for Russian Studies at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, has acted as a consultant for major radio documentaries, television dramas and events to mark the 300th anniversary of the foundation of St Petersburg.

As a world renowned expert on 18th-century history, Professor Hughes has been in much demand recently as the founding of St Petersburg in 1703 is formally celebrated at the end of May, 2003. A number of radio programmes, such as a Radio Three documentary, and an interview on Australian Broadcasting's breakfast show, have required her to step into the limelight.

A prime-time dramatisation, Peter in Paradise - to be shown on BBC2 on 6 June - is partly based on Professor Hughes's highly acclaimed book Peter the Great: A Biography.

Professor Hughes's research is concerned with the political and cultural history of medieval and early 18th-century Russia, Peter the Great, and Russian art and architecture. She has published a number of works on these subjects that have received rave reviews; in particular, her book Russia in the Age of Peter the Great  has been described as a "classic work".

Professor Hughes was also one of the organisers of a recent series of events held at UCL linked to the St Petersburg anniversary and also to mark the founding of the Bolshevik party in 1903. She has also been a guest speaker on the Petrine era at a number of prestigious institutions, with more forthcoming media projects in the pipeline.

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Link: Centre for Russian Studies