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Specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th century with a wide knowledge of the performing arts. He graduated in Psychology and Art History from Carleton College, Minnesota and studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. Since 1987 he has lived in Berlin and has organised and led many academic tours in Germany.
Expert in Islamic art and architecture and Middle-Eastern archaeology. He read Arabic at Oxford, where he also completed his doctorate and has worked for the Ashmolean and as a field archaeologist in Jerusalem and at Siraf. President of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 2002–6 and now lectures for the faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford.
British writer and historian, he was born in India, where several generations of his family served under the British Raj. His work focuses on India and South Asia in general. Among his many books are Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century (1975), Lives of the Indian Princes (1984), The Buddha and the Sahibs: the Men who Discovered India’s Lost Religion (2002), Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling (2007) and Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor (2012). In 2012 he is filming a documentary in India on Ashoka.
Lecturer, writer, curator and broadcaster specialising in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries. Has published many books on pottery, porcelain, silver and antiques, also on canals and railways, and two books on the Thames. He has worked as external curator of the V&A on a number of exhibitions, including Pugin & the Victorian Vision and was Historical Advisor to Royal Doulton in Stoke-on-Trent. He is a long standing expert on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.
Writer and lecturer specialising in Italian gardens. Amongst her various books are Italian Gardens: a Cultural History, and Italy’s Private Gardens, An Inside View as well as numerous other books and articles on gardens in a variety of countries. She has an MA in Italian dialect culture and is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. She was Writer in Residence at the University of Worcester from 2009–2012, and has just completed a book about the cultural history of citrus in Italy, to be published by Penguin in 2014.
Archaeologist and Britain’s foremost specialist in prehistoric art. He obtained his PhD at Cambridge and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America. He led the team which discovered Britain’s only known Ice Age cave art at Creswell in 2003 and his books include Prehistoric Rock Art and Journey Through the Ice Age.
Read Law at Cambridge and obtained an MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld. He was a staff foreign correspondent for The Times throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, covering central and eastern Europe. His titles include Hitler’s Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Mystery; Traveller’s guide to Vienna with John Lehmann and Balkan Hours. A History of the Habsburg Army will be published in 2014.
Art historian, artist and lecturer at the National Gallery. Polish born, Lydia studied at Newcastle University and the Courtauld Institute, specialising in Matisse and 19-20th cent european and American art. She has also lecturered at the Tate, National Portrait Gallery and for numerous adult education institutions in London , as well as Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Arts Club of Chicago, USA. As a professional artist, her teaching style is informed by a familiarity with art practice. She is the author of forthcoming Guide to Great Themes of Art.
Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib and a Fellow of Magdalene College, Amira gained her doctorate in Moroccan history from SOAS. Her publications include The Great Caliphs and Jihad and its Interpretations in Precolonial Morocco, as well as numerous articles on the culture, society and politics of Islamic Spain and Morocco.
Expert on British architectural history and historic interiors and an interior designer and artist. She studied at Toronto and Leeds Universities and Edinburgh College of Art and has taught at the University of Leeds, Christ Church Oxford, York and Nottingham. She lectures for The Art Fund, The National Trust and NADFAS, and has made made appearances on BBC TV as an expert in both country houses and architectural history.
Author, historian and free-lance journalist, he has published seven critically acclaimed books on the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and its capital, Shimla, and is recognized as an authority on both. He has handled assignments for television channels including the BBC and organisations like the UNDP, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, various departments of the Government of India and several hospitality chains, and writes regularly for various magazines and papers in India and elsewhere. He is also the state Co-convenor of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. His first work of fiction, a collection of stories is to be published in 2013.
Historian and lecturer, specialising in the history of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and mediaeval architecture. He worked for thirty years at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and has served on many society councils in the West Country. He obtained his PhD from Reading University and is a Fellow of the Museums Association and the Society of Antiquaries.
Emeritus Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Fellow of the British Academy. Among his many books are a study of Emperor Joseph II, the award-winning The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture, the best-selling The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815, and the much-translated The Triumph of Music in the Modern World. His most recent book is The Romantic Revolution.
Art historian specialising in mediaeval and renaissance Italian art. He trained both in Scotland and Italy and is now head of the department of Art History at University College Cork, Ireland. He has published widely on the artistic culture of Tuscany. He is also interested in Emilian painting and, recently, has co-written two books on the Bolognese artist Lippo di Dalmasio.
Lecturer, writer and curator specialising in 20th-century art. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before graduating in English Literature and History of Art from UCL, and with an MA in Art History from the Courtauld. She has lectured for the National Gallery, Tate, Royal Academy, Courtauld, Sotheby’s and Birkbeck College. Her latest book, Art and the Second World War (2013), is published by Lund Humphries in association with Princeton University Press.
Art historian specialising in Spanish art and sculpture and Chief Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Former posts include Assistant Curator of 17th and 18th-century European paintings at the National Gallery, London, where he curated numerous exhibitions: El Greco, Caravaggio: the final years, Velázquez and The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700. He completed his PhD at Trinity College, Dublin.
Former Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Scotland, President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and holder of three honorary Professorships. He is the author of the English Heritage guide-book to Hadrian’s Wall and co-author with Brian Dobson of the basic text book on the Wall. He has also written on the Antonine Wall and has recently published a book on the Frontiers of the Imperial Empire.
Historian specialising in Morocco and with a wider interest in the history of the Muslim world and global history. He studied at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and SOAS. He has worked as a journalist and teacher, and is currently planning post-doctoral research on the relations between Morocco and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Professor of Music and Head of Music and Drama at the University of Huddersfield. He regularly contributes to BBC Radio 3’s early music programmes and is artistic adviser to York Early Music Festival. He is a member of the Rose Consort of Viols and Musica Antiqua of London and is currently leading a project entitled ‘The Making of the Viol in Sixteenth-Century England’.
Art historian with an MA in French with English from Edinburgh University as well as an MA from the Courtauld Institute. She lectures at the Courtauld Summer School and works for art history publishers as editor and picture researcher. She was co-author of Titian’s Venice, a multi-media project accompanying the 2003 National Gallery Titian exhibition.
Started her career as a journalist and fiction-writer before obtaining a PhD in landscape history. She now works as a writer, lecturer and tour guide, and helps to run Bristol University’s MA in Garden History. Recent publications include Icons of Twentieth Century Landscape Design, Policies & Pleasaunces: A guide to the Gardens of Scotland and Paradise of Exiles: The Anglo-American Gardens of Florence.
Emeritus Professor of 18th-Century Studies and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He has written widely on literature, cultural history, and travel, and translated Gian Gaspare Napolitano’s fictionalized memoir of war in central Italy in 1944 as To War with The Black Watch. Recently, he published Umbria: a Cultural Guide. A visiting professor at the university of Roma Tre, he has lectured in Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US. He was made a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia in 2007.
Writer, lecturer and broadcaster whose research focuses on English cathedrals. He presented and co-wrote the BBC’s How to Build a Cathedral and has published Cathedral: the great English cathedrals and the world that made them. His new book The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces is published in 2013. He teaches at Bristol University and was previously Communications Manager for English Heritage and for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum. During his thirty-seven years there he has worked on many exhibitions and projects including The Churchill Museum, Holocaust exhibition, and D-Day to Victory exhibition. As well as giving frequent lectures, he has made numerous TV and radio appearances as IWM spokesperson, and is an authority on the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.
Architect and Principal Lecturer in architecture at the University of Westminster with a particular interest in the history of modernism. He read Architecture at Cambridge, where he was the founding editor of Scroope: Cambridge Architectural Journal, and subsequently combined academia and practice in both England and Finland. He obtained his PhD from the LSE on Alvar Aalto and has published widely on his work. His most recent book Alvar Aalto: the Mark of the Hand won the RIBA President’s Award for Research 2012.
Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. She has long been involved with the Middle East as a university teacher, development practitioner, and advocate for indigenous rights. Her doctoral research in Syria and Lebanon among Bedouin sheep herders as well as her later work among camel nomads in the Sultanate of Oman has given her a breadth of field-based experience from the Levant to the Gulf.
Bridget Cherry is an architectural historian; she worked for many years on the Pevsner Architectural Guides, at first as research assistant to Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, later as editor. She has been involved in revisions of all the London volumes in the series, most recently as co-author of London 5 East. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Council Member of the London Topographical Society.
Executive and Curator of the Palestine Exploration Fund in London. She has excavated in Jordan with the British Museum, and worked throughout the Middle East, particularly Syria and Lebanon. Widely published on the archaeology and the history of archaeology in the Levant, she is co-author with Dr Raouf Sa’d Abujabber of Beyond the River – Ottoman Transjordan in Original Photographs.
Art historian and lecturer. He completed his PhD at Warwick University and was a Rome Scholar at The British School in Rome and fellow of the Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome, and Villa I Tatti, Florence. His research includes iconography and patronage of the late Middle Ages to the Baroque.
Professor of Music at the University of Manchester. His books include Beethoven & the Creative Process, Beethoven’s Folksong Settings and Beethoven in the Master Musicians series. In 1988 his completion of the first movement of Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony was performed at the Royal Festival Hall and he has recently published a new edition of Beethoven’s thirty-five piano sonatas for the Associated Board.
Specialist in Anglo-Saxon and mediaeval history. She spent twenty years in the army, retiring in the rank of Major, then obtained a first-class degree in Medieval History and has been studying and lecturing ever since. Imogen is currently researching a PhD at the University of Birmingham.
Military historian and former officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles. He served mainly in the Far East, but also in Berlin, Cyprus, Belize and Northern Ireland. Author of Wellington, A Military Life; Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the First World War and Loos 1915, The Unwanted Battle. His latest book A Great and Glorious Cause – A Military History fo the Hundred Years War is published in 2013. Television appearances include Napoleon’s Waterloo and Battlefield Detectives. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Universities of Birmingham and Kent, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a Member of the British Commission for Military History.
Landscape consultant, specialist in the conservation of historic parks and gardens and architectural historian. Obtained an MA in Conservation from York and lectures for Buckingham and Oxford Universities as well as NADFAS. He is an advisor on historic gardens for the National Trust and broadcasts for the BBC and writes for Country Life. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and Professional Associate of the Royal Horticultural Society.
For more than 25 years Misha was a senior music producer for BBC Radio 3, and has given many radio talks and pre-concert talks at a number of venues in Britain. He writes programme notes, particularly for the Wigmore Hall, and CD booklets for many labels, and has lectured at universities here and in the USA. Currently he is producing recordings of a Mahler cycle with Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia.
Associate Lecturer in History of Art at Birkbeck College, specialising in 16th-century Italian art and architecture. He studied at the Courtauld and Birkbeck College, University of London and lived in Rome for several years. He has written articles for Arte Veneta, Burlington Magazine and the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.
Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Read English at Oxford University and has published widely including scholarly works on English and American literature, a co-edited anthology of American poetry about Venice and a guidebook to Byron’s Venice. He is non-fiction editor for the journal Able Muse, a member of the editorial board of the comparative poetry journal Semicerchio and contributes to the Time Out guide to Venice.
Dr Michael Downes has been Director of Music at the University of St Andrews since 2008. He is a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and frequently lectures on music and opera for organisations including the Royal Opera House. He is also the author of a highly praised study of contemporary British composer Jonathan Harvey. Since moving to Scotland, he has established St Andrews Opera and has become the musical director of the St Andrews Chorus.
Regius Professor of History and President of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. He is author of numerous books on Central European history including The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power and The Third Reich at War, and is currently working on 'The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914', a volume in the Penguin History of Europe. His latest book is 'Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History' (Little, Brown, 2014).
Senior Curator of French Art at the National Gallery of Scotland and Reader in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a Trustee of the Burrell Collection and has curated several major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Scotland, including Impressionism and Scotland and Van Gogh and Britain. Her publications include Monet and French Landscape: Vetheuil and Normandy, Impressionism, Urbanism Environment, Van Gogh’s Twin: The Scottish Art Dealer Alexander Reid and Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880–1910.
Studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago and is currently Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Since 1981, with George Michell, he has co-directed a team of researchers at Hampi, carrying out intensive documentation of surface remains, and has written on the city’s layout and cultural meaning. Among his joint publications are Where Gods and Kings Meet: the Royal Centre at Vijayanagara, City of Victory, New Light on Hampi and Hampi, a Story in Stone.
Specialist in mediaeval architecture. She read Art History at Münster University followed by a PhD in Gothic architecture in northern Burgundy from the Courtauld. She has lectured at the Courtauld, Birkbeck and the V&A and was recently visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.
Read Archaeology at Cambridge followed by a PhD on the early church at Porec. She has lectured for the WEA, for whom she founded and managed a study tours section, and for various extra-mural departments. She is the co-author of Retrieving the record: a century of archaeology at Porec published by the University of Zagreb.
Biblical archaeologist based at Oxford University, where he also obtained his doctorate. He has lived in Israel and excavated at the Philistine sites of Ekron and Ashkelon. His interests include eastern Mediterranean trade in the Late Bronze Age and the archaeology of religion in ancient Israel and he is currently researching the Palestine Exploration Fund’s excavation in Jerusalem in the 1920s.
British Ambassador in Belgrade from 2003–6 and Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow from 2000–3. He was Kosovo War Crimes Co-ordinator in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1999. His earlier career included postings in Moscow, Brasilia and Helsinki. In the UK he had two attachments to the Cabinet Office. He has been Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Guest Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has published papers on Serbia and Kosovo and is now involved with the Russian Booker Prize.
Academic tutor in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Sunderland. He studied Egyptian Archaeology at UCL from where he also obtained his PhD. He is the Field Director of the Egypt Exploration Society’s Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey and has worked on archaeological projects at Giza, Memphis, Karnak and Edfu.
Mark read Archaeology at the University of Southampton and then continued to research for a PhD on the spatial layouts of the houses of Roman Pompeii. This research has been published as a British Archaeological Report and as series of journal articles. From 2002 he coordinated Southampton University’s part-time Archaeology Certificate for adult continuing education students, until the programme’s closure in 2011. He has taught numerous courses on the archaeology and history of the Roman Empire and offers weekend residential courses for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education.
After studying Classics at University College, Oxford, and Byzantine and Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute, Angus worked for many years as an expert in the Impressionist and 19th-Century Department at Christie’s and in the British Paintings Department at Sotheby’s, where he also worked as an auctioneer.
Angus now acts as a private art consultant, a dealer, a writer and a lecturer and is a member of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD). He has lectured on paintings in Italy, Greece and the US.
Sheila Hale's Titian: His Life and the Golden Age of Venice, published in 2012, is the first full biography of the artist in over a century. Her previous books include guidebooks to Florence and Tuscany and to Venice; Verona: An Architectural History; and The Man Who Lost His Language. She has contributed to a number of American and British papers including the New York Times, Connoisseur, the London Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. She lectures regularly on aspects of the Italian Renaissance, and is a Trustee of Venice in Peril.
A former architectural editor of Country Life and editor of Apollo magazine, Michael Hall has published many articles and books on British architecture and design, including The Victorian Country House (2009) and Waddesdon Manor: The Biography of a Rothschild House (third edition, 2012). His book on the great Victorian architect George Frederick Bodley will be published by Yale University Press in 2014. Now a freelance historian and journalist, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, chair of the Victorian Society’s activities committee and a trustee of Emery Walker’s Arts-and-Crafts house in Hammersmith.
Research Manager for Art, Glasgow Museums and Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Art History, Glasgow University. She graduated from Glasgow with a degree in Art History and English Literature followed by postgraduate research in the USA. She has presented a series of eighteen programmes (STV) on contemporary art and her publications include Boudin at Trouville and Millet to Matisse.
Architect and architectural historian specialising in the architecture of Indian temples. His publications include Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation and The Temple Architecture of India. He has been involved in the design of several Hindu temples in the UK, and is currently the architect for a new temple near Bangalore to be built in the style of the Hoysala dynasty. Professor of Asian Architecture at Cardiff University, where he runs the research centre PRASADA.
Art historian who obtained her MA from the University of Washington and PhD from the Courtauld. She has lectured in universities in the USA and the UK and was head of Short Course and Adult Learning at the Courtauld Institute before joining Christie’s Education in 2006. Author of Images of Children in Byzantium published in December 2008.
Art historian, author and lecturer, now living in south-west Scotland. She read Archaeology at Cambridge and then worked as a decorative arts specialist at the Museum of London. This was followed by seven years living in Japan and she has written extensively on the influence of Japanese gardens and plants in the west. She is a contributing cataloguer for the Public Catalogue Foundation project and is a Trustee of the National Trust for Scotland.
Mediaeval historian with degrees from Cambridge and Birmingham. She holds a Research Fellowship and is Professor Emerita at King’s College, London, was formerly Professor of Byzantine History at Princeton University. Her books include The Formation of Christendom, A Medieval Miscellany, and Women in Purple.
Professor of Roman Archaeology at Durham and Director of the Durham Centre for Roman Culture. He is currently directing a major project on Hadrian’s Wall, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His books include Roman Officers & English Gentlemen, Globalizing Roman Culture, Boudica: Iron Age Warrior Queen and The Recovery of Roman Britain.
Art historian, lecturer and writer. He is an expert on the life and works of Edvard Munch and was for years a curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo. He has published extensively on the artist, most recently Munch (Tate Publishing 2012). He is a former director of the Vigeland Museum and is Associate Professor at the University of Oslo.
Garden historian, writer and design consultant. Lectures for Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education and NADFAS. She has presented series on both TV and BBC Radio Four. Books include: Monet at Giverny, Follies of Europe – architectural extravaganzas and Impressionists in their Gardens – living light and colour. Garden consultancies include the Royal Opera House’s New Production Campus for the Performing Arts and Notre-Dame-de-Calais.
Journalist and author, now living in a mountain village in Spain. He studied at King’s College, Cambridge and has contributed extensively to national newspapers in Britain on Spanish culture and travel. His books include Spanish Journeys: a Portrait of Spain, Holland: its History, Paintings and People and Crete: its Past, Present and People. Together with his wife, Gaby Macphedran, he has devised many tours in Spain and Portugal.
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent since 2010. His award-winning books include Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2004), he is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio and he writes regularly for The Guardian, The Times and elsewhere. He has special interests in urban regeneration, manufacturing and heritage.
Landscape architect, writer, translator and lecturer. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Design. He is a former lecturer at the University of Central England and committee member of the British Czech & Slovak Association. His publications include the Insight pocket guide: Czech Republic, Key Guide Prague and Berlitz Czech Republic.
Senior Curatorial Officer at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and previously worked at the Tate. She specialised in 19th-century British and French art at the Courtauld Institute and obtained her PhD from the University of Sussex on Pre-Raphaelite art. She has spoken on art, exhibitions and current affairs for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
Over the last 25 years early organ specialist James Johnstone has given recitals throughout Europe, the States and South America. He has recorded several highly acclaimed solo discs on organ and harpsichord. He performs regularly with such ensembles as the Monteverdi Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trinity Baroque, Harmonie Universelle. James is Professor of early keyboards at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Neil currently works with a regional enterprise agency in North Wales on Lottery-funded local heritage tourism projects. His works on the royal courts of the Welsh princes and related excavations have been published in Studia Celtica and have shed new light on the archaeology of mediaeval Gwynedd. He is a popular speaker on the Welsh lecture circuit, and has run numerous courses on the archaeology of Wales throughout the region. He broadcasts regularly on Welsh language television and radio, and is currently vice chairman of Segontium Roman museum and a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists.
Art historian and linguist and a specialist in the art of Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe. She has an MA from the Warburg Institute and a PhD from the University of St Andrews. She has taught at the Universities of Copenhagen, St. Andrews, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The author of Art and Design in Romania 1866–1927, her current research includes Scandinavian national revival movements and the work of Asger Jorn.
Has recently retired from teaching English at the City of London School. As author and journalist, his non-fiction books include biographies of Handel and Purcell and The Siege Of Venice, and fiction includes the short story collections Allegro Postillions and Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a trustee of the London Library and chairman of the Venice In Peril Fund.
John Keay has been visiting India for over forty years as a journalist (Economist, BBC), author (Into India 1973, India Discovered 1981 etc.) and lecturer (British Council, literary festivals, tour groups). His India: A History (2000) and The Honourable Company: A History of the East India Company (1991) are considered standard texts; The Great Arc (2000) on the mapping of India was a best-seller. A history scholar at Magdalen, Oxford, but long resident in Scotland, he also writes on exploration (e.g. The Royal Geographical Society’s History of World Exploration 1991) and other Asian regions (e.g. China: A History 2008), and he co-edited The Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland (1994) and Macmillan’s London Encyclopaedia (third edition, 2008).
Professor of Arabic at SOAS and formerly Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St Andrews. He studied at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Beirut, and read Arabic and Persian at Cambridge. He is author of The Early Abbasid Caliphate; The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates; Crusader Castles and Muslim Spain and Portugal.
Marine biologist and expert on the Cornwall Coast Path. He was Coastwatch Co-ordinator for the Nature Conservancy Council, helped set up the Centre for Applied Zoology at Cornwall College, Newquay and ran foundation degrees in Zoological Conservation and Marine Aquaculture. His books include Cornwall from the Coast Path and Exploring the Camel Estuary.
Read History at Balliol College, Oxford. In 2007 he became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in London. Previous roles include: Music critic for The Times and the Music Editor of The Listener; Editor of the journal Early Music, Chief Music Critic of The Observer; Controller, BBC Radio 3 (1993); Director of the BBC Proms, 1998–2007. He is the author of the Faber Pocket Guide to Bach (2011).
Helen is Professor of Classical Studies at The Open University and Visiting Professor at the Peninsula Medical and Dental School (Exeter and Plymouth). Her publications include Greek and Roman Medicine and Midwifery, Obstetrics and the Rise of Gynaecology: Uses of a Sixteenth-Century Medical Compendium. She has held research fellowships at Cambridge, Newcastle and in the Netherlands and visiting professorships in the US and Canada.
Architectural historian specialising in 16th- to 18th-century British architectural and social history. She studied History and History of Art at London University, followed by an MA at the Courtauld Institute. She is Course Director of the V&A’s High Renaissance-Baroque Year Course, author of many articles and of London’s Country Houses. Visit Caroline's website.
Art historian specialising in 17th- to 19th-century architecture and decorative arts; teaches Art History at the Berlin College of Acting and the Senior Student’s Department of Berlin’s Freie Universität. He studied at the Universities of Würzburg, Berlin and the Courtauld, is a contributor to Macmillan’s Dictionary of Art, author of a book on the Würzburg Residenz, and of articles on Continental Baroque architecture and architectural theory.
Historian, journalist and travel writer. He has worked with and for the National Trust in various capacities for almost thirty years. His books include Victorian & Edwardian Country House Life and he writes regular profiles of country houses for the Historic Houses Association magazine. He has written numerous travel and guide books, and contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
Studied at Cambridge, and received a doctorate from the Courtauld. She has contributed to many academic journals, and is the author of several books, including The Gallery Goers Guide, Claude Lorrain, Holbein, and Caravaggio: a Life. From 2002–3 she was Assistant Director of the British School at Rome, and later Research Fellow at the Getty Institue, LA, and Visiting Fellow at Yale. In 2010 she curated the exhibition, Salvator Rosa; Bandits, Wilderness and Magic, at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
Music historian and broadcaster with a particular interest in early music and 19th- and 20th-century French music. He has published widely on Debussy and Bizet and has taught at several universities and is currently Research Professor at the Royal College of Music. In 1994 he was admitted to the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the rank of Chevalier. He read Music at York University and Amsterdam Conservatory where he specialised in Baroque performance.
Art historian specialising in 15th-century Italian painting. His first degree and PhD were from Rome University followed by research at the Warburg Institute in London. He has published articles on the classical tradition in Italian art of the 15th century and contributed to the Macmillan Dictionary of Art. He has also written on Mantegna and Renaissance drawings.
Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist in the history and culture of ancient Iran, Egypt and Greece. He studied Classics and Drama at Hull University and obtained his MA in Ancient History and PhD from Cardiff University. He has contributed to history documentaries for Channel 4, the History Channel and the BBC.
An authority on colonial India from the 18th to the 20th century. She has published books on Lucknow including Engaging Scoundrels: True Tales of Old Lucknow and Lucknow, City of Illusion. Her book Mutiny, The Great Uprising in India: Untold stories, Indian and British won critical praise. She lectures for the Asian Arts course at the V&A. She is currently Secretary of BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) and works as part-time archivist at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.
Byzantine art historian specialising in sculpture, mosaics and icons. She studied History and Archaeology at Oxford and is Head of e-learning at the British Museum and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London. Her publications include the illustrated history Byzantium and Christian Art.
Landscape architect and garden historian working in warm climates, he has acquired an extensive knowledge of sub-tropical and Mediterranean garden flora. His work involves both historic restoration and contemporary garden design, largely in the Portuguese-speaking world which has been his home since the 1980's. His books include The Gardens of Madeira; Luigi Manini : Imaginário & Metodo; Sintra: a landscape with villas; and, most recently, The Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz. Presently he is engaged upon a doctoral thesis at the University of Bristol concerning the gardens of Monserrate in Sintra, near Lisbon.
Diarmaid MacCulloch, DD, FBA, FRHistS, FSA, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, and prize-winning author, has written extensively on the sixteenth century and beyond it, including Thomas Cranmer: a life (Yale UP), which won the Whitbread Biography Prize. His History of Christianity: the first three thousand years (Penguin Press) and the BBC TV series based on it first appeared in 2009; the book won him the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history, in 2010. His three-part TV series for BBC2, How God made the English aired in March 2012. He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List of 2012.
An acclaimed television producer and broadcast executive for thirty years, Dennis’ career ranged from directing cultural and historical documentaries as Head of Music for BBC television, followed by four years as General Director of English National Opera. He writes and presents major events and historical travelogues for BBC Radio and is writing a book about Sir Michael Tippett, to be published in 2015.
Writer and lecturer now living near Orvieto producing olive oil and wine. Worked for the Italian Ministry of Arts in the field of wall-painting conservation and has taught at Rome University, the University of Massachusetts and was Dean of European Studies for a consortium of American Universities. For six years he walked every path and village of the sixty inhabited Greek islands which culminated in the twenty volume McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, abbreviated to the Blue Guide to The Aegean Islands.
Specialises in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and has degrees in art history from the University of East Anglia and the Courtauld. He lectures at Birkbeck College and for Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education. He is Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited collections of essays on mediaeval Anjou, King’s Lynn and the Fens, Cloisters, and the Medieval Chantry in England. His most recent effort as editor and contributor - Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe - was published in 2013. He is also author of the Blue Guides Normandy and Loire Valley.
Military historian and politician. He read History at Oxford and then spent 25 years in the army, achieving the rank of colonel, and subsequently worked for BBC Radio 4 as Defence Correspondent and as a freelance journalist. Member of Parliament for Newark and Retford since 2001. He is the author of two books on the Battle of Inkerman.
Art historian specialising in architecture of the Middle Ages. He obtained his PhD from Columbia University in 2012 and he also holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has taught for the Culinary Institute of America and writes and lectures on medieval art and architecture for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His writing will appear in the forthcoming Cambridge History of Religious Architecture of the World.
Chief music critic for London’s Evening Standard and editor of The Wagner Journal, Barry Millington is also author/ editor of numerous books, including the Master Musicians Wagner and The Wagner Compendium. He has contributed Wagner articles to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. He acted as dramaturgical adviser on Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival and the Ring in Tokyo and is well-known as a broadcaster.
Wine, food and travel writer. Born in Mexico, he was raised in the USA before studying English Literature at the University of Exeter. Together with his wife, he has pioneered a series of illustrated wine-food-travel books including The Wine and Food of Europe, The Wine Roads of Italy and The Food Lover’s Companion Italy. His latest book, Wine, a global history is published in 2013. He also has his own wine company, importing Italian wines from small family estates.
Art historian, painter, writer and exhibition organiser, specialising in 19th- and 20th-century art in France and Russia. He studied at the Courtauld, where he currently tutors MA and PhD students, and has lectured at the National Gallery, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts and the Henry Moore Institute. His books include The Studios of Paris: the Capital of Art in the late Nineteenth Century.
Dr Anna-Maria Misra teaches history at Oxford University and is as Fellow of Keble College. She is a specialist on Indian history and the British Empire. She has written extensively on many aspects of India’s history and culture, including Vishnu’s Crowded Temple: India since the Great Rebellion (Yale, 2008). She wrote and presented the Channel 4 series An Indian Affair and is a regular writer and broadcaster for the British media. She is currently writing a book on global cross-currents in art and architecture.
David Mitchinson, the former Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the Henry Moore Foundation, has curated and installed exhibitions in more than 40 countries. He has written extensively on Moore’s life and work, including Henry Moore: Unpublished Drawings (1971), Celebrating Moore (1998), and Hoglands: The Home of Henry and Irina Moore (2007). More recently he has written Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios (2010), and Calling, Cards & Cases (2012).
For many years Andrew has been Keeper of Art based at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and curated many loan exhibitions, a good number including works of art drawn from the great houses of East Anglia. Accompanying publications have acted as regional assessments of the cultural identity of East Anglia, especially of Norfolk. Notable subjects include The Impact of the European Grand Tour; The Influence of Dutch and Flemish Painting; Portraiture. In partnership with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, he has co-authored a reassessment of the collection of British and European works of art collected by Sir Robert Walpole for Houghton Hall A Capital Collection. A specialist in the study of the country house and the history of collections, he is a Visiting Fellow in the School of World Art Studies & Museology at the University of East Anglia. He is currently writing a book on the impact of Thomas Coke’s European Grand Tour on Holkham Hall, Norfolk.
Classics Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford for almost forty years, widely travelled in Greece and a specialist on Greek drinking customs and the history of pleasure in general. Author of Early Greece, The Greek City and In vino veritas and over a hundred articles, mainly on Greek history. He was history editor of the Oxford History of the Classical World, and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.
Currently Chair and Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter and was previously Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Bath, specialising in urban and architectural history of Early Modern Italy. He obtained his PhD at the Courtauld Institute and has held fellowships at the University of Warwick, the Medici Archive Project, and Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti (Florence). He has published widely including the award-winning Siena: Constructing the Renaissance City.
Art historian, lecturer and writer. As well as being a specialist in 19th-century British art, he has a deep interest in Sicily, its architecture and political and social history. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, he has organised various exhibitions including Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature (Tate Britain 2004). His interest in John Ruskin led to the MRT tour ‘Ruskin’s Venice’, and he is currently working on an exhibition of Ruskin’s drawings for venues in Canada and Scotland.
Honorary Professor of English at Sussex University, Charles is author of the acclaimed biography, Leonardo da Vinci: the Flights of the Mind and numerous other books, most recently, The Lodger, an intimate study of Shakespeare’s life in London in the first years of the 17th century. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and recipient of the Hawthornden prize, the James Tait Black prize for biography and the Crime Writers’ Association ‘Gold Dagger’ award for non-fiction.
Dr Tom Nickson Lecturer in Medieval Art & Architecture at the University of York. He studied Art History at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute and is interested in medieval art and architecture from across medieval Europe. His research and publications have focused on the art and architecture of medieval Spain, especially artistic contacts between Spain’s different religious communities. In 2012 he will be taking up a new lectureship at the Courtauld Institute.
Geoffrey Norris was for many years Chief Music Critic of The Daily Telegraph having previously worked at The Times and as lecturer in music history at the Royal Northern College of Music. He still writes for the Telegraph, as well as for Gramophone and other journals, and he broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. He has wide musical interests, with a special emphasis on Russian music, on which he lectured at Goldsmiths College University of London. His study of Rachmaninoff (OUP) was last reissued in 2001 and he is a contributing editor of the new Rachmaninoff complete edition in progress at Russian Music Publishing/Bärenreiter. He is Emeritus Professor at the Rachmaninoff Music Academy in Russia and lectures at the Gnesin Music Academy in Moscow.
Graduated from Oxford and worked in the Education Department at the V&A. She ran the art history programme for the Department for Continuing Education at Bristol where she completed her PhD on late mediaeval Marian iconography and now holds a similar post at Oxford University. She has published on French and English Romanesque and on Marian iconography.
Following a career in international PR, Alan is now a travel writer and historian. His books include Fortresses of Faith: the Kirchenburgen of Transylvania; Winds of Sorrow: Travels in Transylvania and Through Hitler’s Back Door: SOE in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. He has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Ian Page is the conductor and artistic director of Classical Opera, which specializes in the works of Mozart and his contemporaries and performs regularly at such venues as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells. He recently embarked on a new project to record all the Mozart operas, and has been a professor at the Royal College of Music in London since 1993.
Freelance garden designer, writer, broadcaster and artist. A member of the Society of Garden Designers and member of the Garden Media Guild, she has created Show Gardens at Chelsea and Hampton Court and has designed over 100 gardens. She lectures to garden societies and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Somerset. Her particular interest is in 20th-century and contemporary garden design.
Archaeologist specialising in the Minoan Bronze Age Civilisation of Crete. He was awarded his PhD in Greek Archaeology from University College London. From 1984–1990 was Knossos Curator for the British School at Athens and has been a lecturer at University College Dublin since 1991. He has excavated on Crete, notably at Knossos and he writes on Minoan religion and ancient Greek combat.
Professor of African Archaeology at Cambridge University until his retirement in 2006, and also Director of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology there. Actively engaged in the study of Ethiopia, and was awarded the Society of Antiquaries of London ‘Frend Medal’ for his research on the archaeology of Ethiopian Christianity. Emeritus Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Honorary Professor at UCL, a Fellow of the British Academy and a former President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
Architectural historian specialising in the Middle Ages. After reading English at Cambridge he obtained an MA in the History of Art and a PhD on English Romanesque and the Holy Roman Empire at the Courtauld. He has published on English and German Romanesque architecture and he is currently a Course Director at Christie’s Education.
Curator of Dance for the Victoria & Albert Museum and co-curater of the exhibition Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909–1929. She was Archivist for Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet. She has contributed to journals, books, dictionaries and catalogues and curated seasons of dance films for the BFI Southbank and the British Council. Her latest book is entitled Anna Pavlova: Twentieth-Century Ballerina (2012).
Born in Tamil Nadu, he graduated in History from the University of Madras and pursued higher studies at the Madras Law College. He has been working in the tourist industry for the past thirty years and has worked with Sir Edmund Hillary, and produced a Television Documentary on the Himalayas for the German Television. From 1987 to 1992, he was a reporter for ZDF in India and produced a documentary titled Temples, Palaces & Houses of India. In 2001, he was a nominated member on the Board of studies in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Madras.
Art Historian, and lecturer at SOAS, University of London, where she tutors on the Southeast Asian Art module of the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme since 2009. Lesley was born in Sumatra, and has lived in Asia with her husband and family for 25 years, including latterly three years in India. She completed both her Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art and Masters at SOAS and worked at Asia House in London for two years. She is currently pursuing her PhD at SOAS researching the ‘Representation of Textiles on Indonesian Sculpture: 9th to 14th century’.
Dramaturg of Welsh National Opera from 1989–2012. After studying English at Cambridge, he taught for two years in Italy and for three at Kyoto University. He has published novels, poetry, translations of works of art history and reviews of books on music, and has written libretti for children’s opera and oratorio with Welsh composer Mervyn Burtch.
Archaeologist, writer and broadcaster, perhaps best known for his BBC2 series Meet the Ancestors and Mapping the Town on BBC Radio 4. He has long been involved with the archaeology of Wessex, where he has lived and worked for over 30 years. He is the author of a series of English Heritage books about Stonehenge (including the current guide book).
Jane Ridley teaches History and leads the MA in Biography at the University of Buckingham. She read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and was later a research student at Nuffield College, Oxford, gaining her DPhil in 1985. Publications include The Letters of Arthur Balfour and Lady Elcho, and, most recently, Bertie: A Life of Edward VII. She also broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and reviews regularly for the Spectator, Literary Review and Times Literary Supplement.
Editor of the English Heritage Red Guides. After reading Classics at Oxford, she worked for Country Life and Tatler and wrote obituaries for the Daily Telegraph. Bewitched by Romania during the Nineties, she took an MA at the Courtauld, specialising in post-byzantine art in Romania and in 2008 published her book Transylvania. Other publications include the English Heritage Red Guide to Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars’ Cloister.
Mary Lynn lives on the Côte d’Azur and is a specialist in 19th and-20th century modern and contemporary art. She designs and teaches art courses and art appreciation workshops for adults at the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet and the Espace de l’Art Concret at Mouans-Sartoux. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA and previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
Writer and broadcaster with a particular interest in the history and pre-history of Malta. She studied History of Art at Cambridge and is the author of the Bradt Guide: Malta and Gozo. Her 25-year career in journalism has involved working for the BBC and writing for magazines, online media and British national newspapers.
A writer and publisher whose works include a History of North Africa, A Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, a history of the First Four Caliphs and guide books to places such as Morocco, Tunisia, Cyprus and Istanbul. His most recent historical work is The Last Crusaders which tells the story of the simultaneous struggles of four Empires for the control of the Mediterranean from 1415-1578. Other recent projects include the text for Don McCullin’s Southern Frontiers, co-editing of Ox-Travels, a collection of 36 contemporary travel writers and Rogerson’s Book of (sacred and profane) Numbers. His day job is running Eland Books, home to over 100 great classic travel books of the world.
Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer. She studied at London University (Institute of Archaeology and SOAS) and at Heidelberg University and her linguistic repertoire includes three ancient Near-Eastern languages and several modern European ones. She has taught at UCL, SOAS and Cambridge University and interpreted for the EU and UN. With Jane Streetly she has written Blue Guide: Jordan and Istanbul: A Travellers’ Guide.
Andrew Sanders is emeritus Professor of English at the University of Durham and a Past President of the Dickens Fellowship. He is the author of The Short Oxford History of English Literature (second ed. 2000), The Victorian Historical Novel (1978), Anthony Trollope (1998) and of five books on Charles Dickens, the most recent of which is Charles Dickens's London (2010). He has also edited four of Dickens's novels for various paperback series and has worked widely on nineteenth-century literature and culture. His new study, In the Olden Time: Victorians and the British Past, was published in the Spring of 2013 (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University Press).
Anthony Sattin is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Lifting the Veil, The Pharaoh's Shadow and The Gates of Africa. He has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia and for the past decade has been a regular reviewer of non-fiction - primarily for the Sunday Times, for whom he wrote a weekly book column for seven years. His journalism and travel writing have also appeared in a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent, Guardian, Spectator and Conde Nast Traveller. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and sits on the editorial board of Geographical Magazine. Anthony wrote the section of Northern Algeria for the Lonely Planet.
Art historian specialising in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century art, design and architecture, particularly the development of modernism in the German-speaking world. She gained a first-class degree at Birkbeck University of London, and an MA in Cultural Memory and Museum Studies at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, before completing her PhD at the Royal College of Art on turn-of-the century Vienna. Diane lectures extensively at Birkbeck on topics including the Bauhaus, German and Viennese Expressionism, fin-de-siècle Vienna, and German post-war art, and combines research interests in the visual arts and music. She has contributed chapters to two new anthologies on music and modernism and the modernist periodical.
Janet has held senior management posts at several Heritage Sites in the UK and has led many European and UK tours for MRT. She was educated at the Courtauld Institute, Bretton Hall and the Barber Institute, Birmingham, where she researched the history of British collecting and taught for many years.
She is a member of the Attingham Society and a freelance lecturer for the Workers' Educational Association (South East); currently Curator at Stansted Park, Sussex; a panel member of the Sustainable Communities Fund in the South Downs National Park, and is living in and restoring a Georgian cottage.
Head of Department at the Research Institute for Art History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He specialises in the 19th century, in particular public buildings, country houses, Gothic revival and garden history. A native Hungarian with fluent English, he lectures in the UK, across Europe and the USA and co-edited The Architecture of Historic Hungary.
Art historian who has worked in a number of museums in the Netherlands including the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Guus is currently Director of the Dutch Funeral Museum in Amsterdam, a board member of the Foundation of Amsterdam Museums and Research Fellow of the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence. He has published widely in the Netherlands and Italy.
Hamilton Harty Chair of Music at Queen’s University, Belfast, and an authority on Czech music. An author, broadcaster and journalist, he has published books on the Prague Provisional Theatre, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and music in 19th-century Ireland. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, has studied at the Charles University in Prague and has worked extensively in university education.
Historian, broadcaster, lecturer and writer specialising in Greek and Roman antiquity and in rulers’ courts. Books include The Complete Greek Temples, Greece: An Oxford Archaeological Guide (with C. Mee), and Versailles: A Biography of a Palace. Formerly Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, he is currently Professor of Ancient History at Newcastle University.
Senior Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College. Among his publications are Understanding Greek Sculpture, Greek Art, Enduring Creation, The Ancient Olympics and Songs on Bronze. He presented the BBC2/PBS series How Art Made the World.
Military historian specialising in the Great War and has operated his own battlefield tours since 1988. He organises specialist study days for colleges and museums throughout the country and is a regular visiting lecturer at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. He has appeared in documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.
Honorary Fellow of both the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Institute of British Architects and honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow. He taught History of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, and is a former chairman of the 20th-Century Society and Director of the Victorian Society Summer School. His research interests are 19th- and 20th-cent. British architecture and he has published on Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, the Gilbert Scott dynasty and Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Art Historian specializing in Venice. After graduating in the History of Art and Italian in 1998, Susan took an M.A. concentrating on the art and architecture of Venice and she completed her specialization with a Ph.D. on Venetian Renaissance altarpieces. As a post-doctoral researcher with the University of Glasgow, and as Neil MacGregor scholar at the National Gallery, she worked as a researcher and editor on the National Inventory of European Painting, the UK's on-line catalogue of European paintings. Susan also has over ten years' experience teaching the History of Art for university programmes in the UK and Italy.
Graeme Stobbs is an archeologist from Gateshead and has worked within the field of archaeology for over twenty years. He has an MLitt in Archaeology from Newcastle University and has particular experience of managing fieldwork, post-excavation work and community archaeology projects. He is an acknowledged expert on Hadrian’s Wall and has led many tours and visits to the area. He has worked until recently as Archaeological Project Officer for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and in the new year begins a post as Assistant Curator of Roman Collections for the Hadrian's Wall Museums.
Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music and recently retired as teacher of German at Westminster School. His books include Complete Cantatas of J.S. Bach, The Book of Lieder and translations of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial. Richard has lectured at the Edinburgh Festival, given masterclasses at Aldeburgh and collaborated on two books of poems by Alfred Brendel. In 2012 Richard was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for services to German culture.
Co-author of Blue Guide: Jordan and Istanbul: A Traveller’s Guide. She was born and brought up in Trinidad, studied French and Spanish at university and now works as a conference interpreter and travel writer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and has travelled widely throughout Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Fellow at the University of Buckingham, he organises adult art education events and tours. He studied Art History at the universities of Nuremberg and St Andrews, where he also taught and has lived in Venice and Florence for several years. He specialises in the sculpture of the Italian Renaissance, though his interests include German and Italian art of most ages.
Archaeologist and architectural historian. He has been Consultant Archaeologist for Canterbury, Rochester, Chichester and Salisbury Cathedrals, and for Westminster Abbey, Lambeth Palace and currently for St. george’s Chapel, Windsor and Westminster School. He is Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute. Books include Great Cathedrals of Britain for the BBC Radio 4 series on Cathedrals, The English Cathedral and The English Church and The Abbeys & Priories of England, and most recently Salisbury Cathedral, the making of a Medieval Masterpiece.
Has worked as teacher, publisher, writer, photographer and television producer. She studied Mediaeval History and Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and since 1989 has lived in Amman. Her books include Testament to the Bushmen (with Laurens van der Post), Imperial Istanbul, Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans, Yemen: Land and People (with Sarah Searight) and Jordan: Images from the Air.
A leading expert on the former communist world, he travels there as visiting university lecturer, tourism consultant and tour leader. He read Chinese at Cambridge and has worked in tourism in China, the USSR and many Third World countries. His publications include The Bradt Guide: Estonia, The Bradt Guide: Tallinn, The Bradt Guide: Baltic Cities, A Footprints Guide to Berlin.
Lars was born in Copenhagen and educated in England. A specialist in ceramics, he is a regular broadcaster on the Antiques Roadshow and a film-maker. He was director of the Foundling Museum and is now its Hogarth Curator.
A keen musician, he is patron of the Leicester International Music Festival; vice-chairman of The Hogarth Trust (Chiswick); a liveryman on the court of England’s oldest guild, The Worshipful Company of Weavers. He is a member of the English Ceramics Circle, the Oriental Ceramics Society and a Fellow of the venerable Society of Antiquaries of London.
Fellow (and former Director) of the Royal Asiatic Society, he has been Reader in History of Art and Chair of Art & Archaeology at SOAS. His specialisms include the history and architecture of the Rajput courts of Rajasthan and of the Mughal cities of Delhi and Agra; Indian architecture in the period of British rule and after Independence and landscape painting in India. Books include Taj Mahal, Jaipur City Palace, Mughal India and The Tradition of Indian Architecture.
Luke specialises in Islamic material culture, coins, buildings and artefacts, of the pre-Mongol period. He has a particular interest in Central-Asian history before the coming of the Turks, and has published widely on the history of the Samanids of Samarqand and Bukhara (9th–10th century AD), the last Iranian dynasty to rule the region before the advent of the Seljuqs. He is interested in the relationship between word and image in early Islam and is currently working on a book on the emergence of Islamic visual culture in the Umayyad period (7th–8th century AD).
Art historian specializing in Renaissance and Baroque architecture in Rome and the Papal States. He received a doctorate from Cambridge University where he has taught a paper on Bernini and Borromini. He has also studied at the British School at Rome, where he was Rome Scholar (2009-2010) and Giles Worsley Fellow (2013). He has lived in the Marche region of Italy and is currently writing his first book on the Marchigian Cardinals of Pope Sixtus V.
Art historian, lecturer and artist with a special interest in Spanish history and art. She read Modern History at Oxford, and completed her MA at the Courtauld. She has worked at Tate Britain, the Arts Council, as a consultant for Christie’s and at the Courtauld and lectures for various institutions including the National Trust, the Art Fund, and also for the University of Cambridge International Summer School and the Courtauld Institute Summer Course.
Art historian and author specialising in Spain and the USA. His books include Gaudí, In the Kitchens of Castile and Guernica and he has published in the Burlington Magazine and Wall Street Journal. He read languages at Utrecht University and Art History at the Courtauld, and undertook postgraduate studies in American art of the 1960s. He has worked in England, the USA and Spain as exhibitions organiser, TV researcher and critic and is currently a Fellow at the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, LSE. Visit website.
Musicologist, author, journalist, broadcaster and lecturer. He works as a project consultant for many early music groups, conductors and singers. He is co-editor of The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia, is preparing new editions of several of Handel’s music dramas and is a critic for The Gramophone, BBC Radio 3 and Goldberg. He also writes essays for record labels including BIS, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Harmonia Mundi.
Stephen Walsh is a well-known English writer on music. He is the author of a major two-volume biography of Stravinsky, and recently completed a study of the Russian Five (Musorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev and Cui). He was for many years deputy music critic of the Observer and a frequent contributor to other broadsheet newspapers, and he reviews for the website theartsdesk.com. Stephen recently retired his personal chair in the School of Music at Cardiff University.
Giles Waterfield is an independent curator and writer, Director of Royal Collection Studies and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a trustee of the Charleston Trust and a member of the National Trust Arts Panel and of the Advisory Panel of the NHMF. He has curated exhibitions including The Artist’s Studio (2009-10). His publications include Soane and After, Palaces of Art, Art for the People, and Art Treasures of England. He delivered the Paul Mellon Lectures on regional museums in Victorian Britain, in 2007, and is completing a book on that subject. He has published three novels.
An art historian and museum curator who has worked at the Leeds Museums and Galleries since 1983. Since 1994 he has been based at Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam House, two of the houses which we shall be visiting. He is Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has published widely on British art, particularly sculpture.
Art historian and lecturer specialising in the Italian Renaissance, though her interests also include paintings of World War One. She obtained her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London, on Sienese society in the 15th century and has published articles on related topics. She has lectured for the National Gallery, has taught in the War Studies department of King’s College, London and has led many tours in Italy. She organises adult education study sessions and private tours. Visit Dr Antonia Whitley's website.
Music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for The Daily Telegraph, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and gives classes in Lied history and interpretation at Birkbeck College, London. He read French and German at Cambridge and later studied Music at the Guildhall. His publications include Schubert: the complete song texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.
Art historian with a PhD on 16th century religious art from the Courtauld Institute. He specialises in the Northern Renaissance and lectures on 16th and 17th century English, German and Flemish art, with a particular interest in religious imagery in 16th century Protestant collections. He teaches at Birkbeck, University of London and the Courtauld Institute Summer School, (both University of London) and at the National Gallery. He co-edited and contributed to Art Re-Formed: Reassessing the Contribution of the Reformation (Cambridge, 2007). Richard is the V&A's course director for the High Renaissance to Baroque course.
A leading authority on naval and maritime history and author of numerous books on maritime and naval history including the Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series. He has worked as maritime history consultant for Christies, The Discovery Channel and the History Channel. In 2012 Sam presented a BBC4 film about Antigua in the Age of Sail and in 2013 he presented a 3-part series on Shipwrecks for BBC4. His re-creation of the first ever voyage down the Grand Canyon will be broadcast in 2014 on BBC2.
Studied History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, Rhode Island, and obtained his MA from the Courtauld. He has just completed his PhD on the architectural history of Beverley Minster at Duke University, North Carolina. He is currently teaching in Elgin, Scotland, and writing one of the volumes for Pevsner’s Buildings of Scotland Series. He has published articles on English Gothic architecture, French Gothic sculpture, and the re-use of Gothic in the post-mediaeval period.