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  • Adrian Finnerty

    A versatile musician and educator, Adrian Finnerty is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor, pianist, organist and music hist...

  • Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved th...

  • Andrew Joynes

    Andrew Joynes spent his childhood in Canada and worked as a researcher in Ottawa prior to reading Modern History at Oxford where he took a particular interest in...

  • Andrew Macdonald

    Andrew traces his interest in geology and love of nature to summers spent in New England, where he hiked in the White Mountains and kayaked in lakes carved by gl...

  • Ann Clements

    Ann Clements read History of Art and English at Manchester University, then worked for the Whitworth Art Gallery and later for the Paul Mellon Foundation for Bri...

  • Ann Marie Harrison

    Anne-Marie Harrison was born and brought up in Paris but has subsequently lived in many different countries. Originally a linguist, she adapted to the many chang...

  • Arthur Cotterell

    A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Arthur Cottrell has had a lifelong interest in cultural history, both in Europe and Asia, and has lived and travelled ...

  • Ben Howkins has spent a lifetime career in the wine industry. He has experienced massive changes in how the insular English wine trade has, in many ways, led the...

  • Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat who has represented the United States at embassies throughout Europe and at international organisations such as the United Natio...

  • Peter Hore

    Peter Hore served in Royal Navy 1962-2001, spent ten years in the film and television industry and is now a full-time journalist and author.   When not...

  • Caroline is a lecturer and regular contributor to the UK’s premier royalty magazine, Majesty’ and she has also written for 'The Daily Telegraph'. She...

  • Charles was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Archaeology and Anthropology. In 1966, he became a lecturer in prehistory at the University of Otago,...

  • Christopher Naunton

    Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist currently working on a freelance basis as a writer, broadcaster and public speaker. His book, Search for the Missing Tombs of...

  • Christopher Joll

    Christopher Joll was educated at Oxford University and the RMA Sandhurst. He was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1968 and served four tours of duty in North...

  • Christopher P Baker earned degrees in geography at University College London and Latin American Studies at Liverpool University. Since 1980 he has lived in Calif...

  • Claire Allum

    Dr Allum is an archaeologist and anthropologist. Since the 1980’s she has worked in Latin America excavating Maya ruins in the tropical forests of Central ...

  • Daniel is a travel writer, naturalist, photographer and tour lecturer who specialises in the exotic Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. He visits Madagascar every...

  • Daphne Joynes

    Daphne Joynes (BA Hons, F.HEA) is an art historian who worked for The Open University and University of Surrey. She is also a free-lance lecturer with extensive ...

  • David Hunter

    David went to Germany in 1968 for three months’ work experience abroad in the wine cellars of H Sichel Söhne, and ended up staying with the company fo...

  • Dr Alan Borg

    Alan began his career teaching history of art at Indiana and Princeton Universities. Returning to Britain in 1970, he became Assistant Keeper in the Royal Armour...

  • Candace Weddle

    Candace Weddle is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Anderson University, South Carolina. She holds a PhD in classical Art History from the University of S...

  • David Cordingly

    Dr David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. He read history at Oxford, has a doctorate from Sussex University, and ha...

  • David Price Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic...

  • Ian Stone

    Dr Ian R Stone has degrees in history, mathematics and geology. He served in the Army after first graduation and became particularly interested in the Crimean Wa...

  • Katherine Lack

    Kate originally trained as an agricultural scientist at Oxford, where she took a doctorate in 1985.  More recently she has been a visiting lecturer in medie...

  • Dr Peter Caddick-Adams

    Dr Peter Caddick–Adams has been Lecturer in Military and Security Studies at the UK Defence Academy since 1998, and additionally Lecturer in Air Power at R...

  • Sue Thomas

    Dr Sue Thomas lives in the beautiful countryside of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. She developed a keen interest in gardening from the age of five and won her first hort...

  • Toby Musgrave

    Dr Toby Musgrave is one of the UK's leading authorities in garden history and design. He has a degree in horticulture and a PhD in garden history. Since 1994 Tob...

  • Elena Myasoedova

    Elena Myasoedova was born and raised in the ancient city of Novgorod in Russia. She was educated in Moscow where she majored in history, foreign languages and li...

  • Elena Spiro

    Elena Spiro has worked with Noble Caledonia for many years and is extremely knowledgeable, bringing so much to any visit to St Petersburg because of her enthusia...

  • Elizabeth Pierce grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota in the US. De-spite her landlocked origins, she first travelled to Scandinavia dur-ing college to study. After...

  • Ernie Rea

    Ernie Rea is one of BBC Radio 4’s leading broadcasters. He has had a long and distinguished career with the BBC as a producer, editor and Head of Departmen...

  • Francis Cornish, formerly a diplomat, has spent many years in Southeast Asia and the Far East, working in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei (as High Commissioner) and ...

  • George Hart

    Following degrees in Classics and in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from University College London, he joined the staff of the British Museum in 1973. He was the P...

  • Harry Mount

    Harry Mount studied Classics and Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a First. He also received a Masters in architectural hi...

  • Hendrika Foster

    Hendrika was born in Yorkshire, of Anglo-Dutch parentage, and now lives in Hampshire.  Her first career in medical rehabilitation was followed by a BA Hons ...

  • Henry Blofeld

    Henry Blofeld is an English sports journalist whose rich, plummy tones are known and loved worldwide thanks to his extensive cricket commentary career on both te...

  • Hugh Wybrew

    Hugh Wybrew was born in Ilford. He spent most of his two years’ National Service in the Royal Air Force learning Russian. Hugh read theology at The Queens ...

  • Imogen Corrigan

    Imogen Corrigan served for twenty years in the British Army, retiring in the rank of Major. In 2004 she graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st Class Ho...

  • Janette Merilion

    Janette Merilion is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. After a career in m...

  • Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black is a prolific historian with specialties in world military history, the history of tourism, and both the 18th and 20th Century. Educated at Cambridg...

  • John Bly

    John Bly is an antiques dealer in a family business founded in 1891. From a background of sailors, horse traders, American Civil War soldiers, priests and a...

  • John Love

    Born in Inverness, John Love graduated in zoology at Aberdeen University. In 1975 he went to live on the Isle of Rum where he managed a highly successful project...

  • John Robson

    John Robson is Map Librarian at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He gained a BSc in Mining Geology at Imperial College London before switching t...

  • Julia Korn

    Julia Korn, who was born in St Petersburg, Russia, has been Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St Petersburg for the past 20 years and has publi...

  • Kate Garnon-Williams

    Kate Garnons Williams read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Bristol and wrote her MA thesis on the Comedies of the 5th century dramatist, Ari...

  • Kathryn Robinson

    Kathryn Robinson is an anthropologist of Asia and the Pacific, now Professor Emerita in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University...

  • Keith Kirsten

    Keith Kirsten is one of South Africa’s best known gardeners and  a world-acclaimed horticulturalist. He has informed and inspired gardening enthusiast...

  • Lesley Chamberlain

    Lesley has lived and gardened abroad in such diverse countries as Malaysia, Holland as well as North Carolina and Oklahoma before finally returning to England in...

  • Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist based in the UK. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, and teaches...

  • Ludmilla Selezneva

    Professor Ludmilla is a graduate with honours from Rostov State University and received her first doctorate there, in history, in 1982. She attained her second d...

  • Lydia Bauman is a Polish born artist and art historian. Educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA in Fine Art) and Court auld Institute of Art, Londo...

  • Stephen Carr-Smith

    Major General Stephen Carr-Smith served throughout much of the Cold War in Europe and then with NATO . On leaving the Army, he worked for a company providing sec...

  • JGH Corrigan

    Commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1962, Gordon Corrigan was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. ...

  • Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw in the 1980s and 90s and worked as Director of Communications f...

  • Micheal Hindley

    Michael Hindley was educated at London University (BA Hons in German and French), Lancaster University (MA in Comparative Cultural Studies), and the Free Univers...

  • Michael Michieli

    Michael Michieli is a Gardens Consultant for the Royal Horticultural Society garden holidays. His particular area of expertise is Mediterranean plants and, as th...

  • Neil Taylor

    Neil Taylor studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts...

  • Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London as well as running h...

  • Nicholas Southey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived most of his life in various parts of that country. He is currently based in Pretoria, wher...

  • Nigel McGilchrist was a scholar at both Winchester College and at Oxford University. He has lived and worked in the Mediterranean area – Italy, Greece and ...

  • Olga Stone

    Olga Stone is one of the most versatile presenters on a lecturing circuit, combining her skills as concert pianist, historian, art historian and classicist to ma...

  • Paul Green (GS)

    Paul Green has always been keen on all aspects of natural history, especially plants. He worked part-time as a botanical leader for Greentours Natural History Ho...

  • Paul Harris

    Paul Harris graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Politics and International Relations and currently works as a writer, lecturer and as a consultant o...

  • Peter Bellwood grew up in Leicester, studied archaeology at Cambridge University (King’s College) and emigrated to New Zealand to undertake research on Pol...

  • Peter Harlow

    Peter is an Australian with a passion for terrestrial wildlife and also for the marine world; he is also a keen SCUBA diver and snorkeler.  Not content with...

  • With his father in military service, Peter Ward grew up in different places throughout England, Germany and the Far East. Graduating in English Literature and Re...

  • Peter Warwick

    Peter Warwick is an economist, historian, author, acknowledged authority on Horatio Nelson and organiser of major commemorative events, who chairs three organisa...

  • Geoffrey Hosking

    Geoffrey Alan Hosking is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and E...

  • Martyn Rady

    Martyn Rady is Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, a part of University College London. He has written boo...

  • Carol Hillenbrand

    Professor Carole Hillenbrand is Professor Emerita of Islamic History at Edinburgh University and is now Professor of Islamic History at St Andrews University. &n...

  • Professor Charles Higham

    Charles was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Archaeology and Anthropology. In 1966, he became a lecturer in prehistory at the University of Otago,...

  • Chris Andrews

    Professor Christopher Andrew has spent most of his career researching and teaching European History, International Relation and Secret Intelligence past and pres...

  • David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Papathomas Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius Colleg...

  • Prof Gareth G Morgan

    Gareth Morgan has been researching and teaching about wine since 2001 and is an expert on the classic wine regions of Europe, and especially France.

  • Richard Butterwick

    Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski graduated in History from Cambridge, before obtaining his doctorate from Oxford. He taught European history at Oxford an...

  • Robert Hillenbrand

    Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA has long-standing research interests in the Islamic art of North Africa and Spain. An Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Edi...

  • Professor William Vaughan studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is Emeritus Prof...

  • Ray Hale is a wildlife lecturer, author, photographer and naturalist who is passionate about reconnecting people with nature and the conservation of the world&rs...

  • Rear Admiral John Lippiett

    John Lippiett had a 36 year career in the Royal Navy serving in a large number of ships from aircraft carriers to minesweepers and deployed to all of the world&r...

  • Judith Thomas

    Judith has lived and worked in many countries including the USA, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Japan. Her early work as a Management Training speci...

  • Richard Wilkinson

    Dick Wilkinson graduated from Cambridge, and after postgraduate study and research at universities in Paris, London and Soviet Armenia he joined the British Dipl...

  • Rodney Greenberg

    Rodney Greenberg graduated with honours at the Music Faculty of Manchester University, specialising in Piano and Composition. He began his broadcasting career in...

  • Roger Preece

    Roger’s interest in wine dates from when, whilst working for Stowells of Chelsea, he helped in broadening the company’s portfolio. This led to extens...

  • Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons.  Many of his award winning hybrid...

  • Richard Chartres is the former Bishop of London and the current Dean of HM Chapels Royal. Prior to ordination he taught Ancient History in the International Scho...

  • Simon Doughty

    Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. During his military career he travelled widel...

  • Miacheal Burton

    Michael Burton had a 37 year long career in the Diplomatic Service, and played a prominent part in the closing stages of the Cold War. As the last British Minist...

  • Sir Roger Tomkys read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford and entered the Foreign Office in 1960. After Arabic Language training in Lebanon his first diplomatic ...

  • Stephen Phillips was educated as a classical archaeologist (London and Cambridge) before embarking on a TV career as a reporter/presenter/producer which included...

  • Ticu Gamalie

    Born in Constanta, Romania, Ticu began his career in the travel industry at a young age, guiding short tours in the Black Sea in his summer holidays. This led to...

  • Valerie Grove

    Valerie Grove has been a Fleet Street journalist for nearly 50 years - writing interviews and reviews for the Evening Standard (1968-86), the Sunday Times (1986-...