ART • CULTURE • HISTORY
Talking and writing about art, culture and history
I am a freelance lecturer, cultural tour guide and writer working in the fields of art and cultural history. I work with art societies, private groups and students, mixing formal lectures with more interactive seminars and discussion groups. I give talks in art galleries and museums and can lead visits to churches and houses. Several times a year, I lead cultural tours in Continental Europe, the UK and New York for Kirker Holidays, lecturing on art, architecture and classical music. And I also work as a rare book dealer, researcher and cataloguer at Voewood Rare Books.
My first degree, from the University of St Andrews, was in Church History. I have a Masters in art history from UEA where my dissertation was on the architect and ecclesiastical designer Ninian Comper. I also wrote major papers on the architecture and art collections of the English Country House. I have a further degree in Ancient History from Birkbeck, University of London. For twenty years (the years of l’entre deux guerres) I was a solicitor.
Having reached the middle way I decided that life would be more interesting and enjoyable (for me, at least) if I put some of this education to use by talking to other people about the things I enjoy learning, reading, looking at, studying and visiting.
My interests are broad and varied. This website gives a sense of the range of subjects I am happy to talk and write about. I am especially fascinated by the deep connections between cultural, historical and artistic movements and phenomena. Nothing exists in isolation and so I am always working on new subjects for lectures and new approaches to traditional subjects.
If you would like to find out more or discuss a lecture or want to talk about anything that you find on this website, please contact me.