Acclaimed novelist Sarah Dunant and award winning historians Bettany Hughes and Suzannah Lipscomb will be speaking at Just a Drop’s annual lecture.

The water charity is running its third annual lecture, ‘Secret Lives Exposed: If Walls Could Talk’ at the Royal Geographical Society on March 1.

The talks will cover some of history’s hidden stories, from the Byzantine Empress Theodora to the private life of Henry VIII, secrets of Renaissance courtesans, cloistered nuns and a pope’s daughter.

These will be followed by a Q&A led by charity patron Stephen Sackur, presenter of BBC’s HARDTalk.

Dunant’s recent novels include In the Name of the Family and Sacred Hearts set in the Italian Renaissance;  Hughes wrote Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore; and The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life,  while Lipscomb is a reader in early modern history at the University of Roehampton and has presented historical documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel Five and National Geogrpahic Channel. Her books include, 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII.

Just a Drop chairman and founder Fiona Jeffery said: “I’m delighted that Just a Drop is able to host such a prestigious event at the Royal Geographical Society for the third year running, after the success of Danger, Deadlines and Frontlines last year, and Life Behind the Lens in 2016. I’m sure we’re in for an exciting and illuminating evening.”

Just a Drop has reached over 1.3 million people since it started  in 1998, and has worked in over 30 countries worldwide, and aims to address the fact that 884 million people globally do not have access to clean water.

All proceeds from the event will go to Just a Drop’s safe water and sanitation projects.

Tickets are available to book here